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The Director, Communications plays a pivotal role in providing leadership for strategic communications planning and public engagement for the Centre. The Director leads the implementation of communications strategies and plans for the Future Skills Centre and leads activities related to brand, messaging and organizational positioning, content development, promotions, social media, web design and tool development that promote FSC’s brand and profile. The Director works in close collaboration with FSC consortium partners to ensure brand alignment and strategic coordination of FSC products and strategies that are executed by the consortium’s partners. The Director collaborates with Management colleagues to ensure alignment between communications, stakeholder outreach, research strategies and all partnerships, including funded innovation pilots. This role oversees the development of all communications, brand materials, products and translation services in both the English and French languages. Ensuring timely communication, a deliberate brand presence, meaningful outreach and engagement and development of effective dissemination vehicles are key responsibilities of the Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, this leadership role supervises unilingual and bilingual communications and marketing staff and manages the workflow of external agencies and freelance writers who support FSC’s deliverables.

As the ideal candidate, you are a professional and passionate communications leader with a strong background in the public, private or broader public sector and at least 7 years in a leadership role, including experience leading and managing staff. You possess a degree in a related field (Communications, Public Relations, Marketing) and have experience leading strategic communications planning and brand strategies. You are highly skilled at developing and implementing communications strategies and have overseen the deployment of communications programs, activities and products. You understand brand positioning and the importance of brand recognition and awareness in a marketing context. You are experienced in stakeholder communications and knowledge mobilization and dissemination and bring strong media relations skills. You are adept at using communications as an enabler to build awareness, establish relationships and partnerships and engage key audiences. You are skilled at developing broad networks and managing relationships with internal and external partners across Canada and have the ability to engage diverse audiences and communicate to a variety of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy. Skilled at fostering a work environment and culture characterized by innovation, professionalism, collaboration, inclusivity, continuous learning and accountability, you are able to inspire, engage, and motivate others. Fluency in both official languages is preferred.

If you are interested in this 2-year opportunity offering market-competitive compensation and benefits, please submit your application online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. For more information, please contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw (asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca) or Leah Cunningham (lcunningham@kbrs.ca).

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We are seeking a highly experienced leader to provide oversight of operational, financial, human resources, procurement administration, and facilities management for the Future Skills Centre (FSC). In collaboration with the FSC management team and consortium partners, the Director, Operations will support the strategic planning process and contribute to the development of short to long-term strategies related to execution of the FSC’s mandate. Additionally, the Director may act or oversee the Board Secretary for Board and Committee meetings on behalf of the Centre, and represent the Executive Director, in coordination with OVPRI senior leadership at OVPRI, consortium partners, and federal funding partners on matters related to long-term financial/human resources/operational planning matters.

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Qualifications

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in Business
  • Administration or equivalent education with a minimum seven (7) years’ progressive experience in a leadership role, preferably in an academic environment or broader public sector organization, which includes a minimum five (5) years’ senior level experience developing and implementing short and long range strategic plans, including large scale projects and initiatives, management of physical and human resources, developing and implementing new or enhanced processes, and change management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing unionized employees
  • Strong leadership and management skills Solid knowledge of finance, budgeting and controls principles and concepts
  • Superior (oral / written) communication including presentation skills; Self-directed capabilities including demonstrable ability to work independently and as part of high-performance team
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong cooperative internal and external relationships
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Critical thinking and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects with completing deadlines
  • Project management, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment, analytical and problem solving skills in decision-making
  • Ability to work in a complex, rapidly changing environment

We are seeking a strategic leader to provide direction and oversight on the execution of innovation projects including design, funding, replication, testing and scaling to align with the goals and objectives of the Future Skills Centre (FSC). As the Director of Innovation Programs, you will manage the Call for Proposals and selection process, determine project scope, direction, operational plan development, critical paths, operating calls, allocation of resources and funding, timelines monitoring and adjustment activities through execution cycle to completion. Using your strong interpersonal skills you will develop and expand a Pan-Canadian, cross sectoral network of diverse partners and external stakeholders to foster innovation projects across Canada. You will also lead the development and implementation of a capacity building and technical support strategy to foster innovation in skills development.

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Qualifications

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications

  • Completion of a post-graduate degree in Business Management or a relevant field with a minimum of seven (7) years in a leadership role in applied research, project management and program evaluation, preferably working in the public or broader public sector.
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Experience managing unionized staff
  • Strong knowledge of program development principles, methodologies concepts and practices
  • Strong knowledge of project management, principles, methodologies and practices
  • Demonstrated skills in managing research and innovation projects from inception to completion including monitoring and coordination of multiple projects at the same time.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships and collaborations from diverse sectors.
  • Excellent organizational and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and networks across Canada
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Excellent (oral/written) communication skills
  • Results oriented, solution focused, collaborative management style
  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Innovation thinking skills
  • Computer proficiency and knowledge of computers and various software application packages (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Project, e-mail, PowerPoint, Google Apps, etc.).

We are seeking a highly experienced professional to provide executive level and organizational support to the Executive Director, Future Skills Centre (FSC), Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI). As the Administrative Coordinator, you will monitor the Executive Director’s work calendar, scheduling of meetings and appointments; develop a range of professional materials/documents for senior management meetings and manages the operational administration of the executive office. You will establish and maintain rapport and relationships with peers working with partner organization executives. On behalf of the Executive Director, you will coordinate and prioritize confidential, urgent and sensitive communications, correspondence and documents, and track key metrics regarding engagement, influence and outreach related activities.

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Qualifications

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree, preferable in business administration with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience providing executive level support to senior administrators
  • Knowledge of financial administration and basic accounting skills
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and build rapport and relationships with partner organization executive offices
  • Ability to prepare, develop, edit and finalize high quality professional documents
  • Ability to take minutes and accurately transcribe them with clarity
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge of computers and various software application packages (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Project, e-mail, PowerPoint, Google Apps, etc.).

The Future Skills Centre – Centre des compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is a forward-thinking research centre with a focus on how best to prepare Canadians today for workforce opportunities of the future. It brings together expertise from multiple sectors and leverages experience from partners across the country to test and rigorously measure innovative approaches to identify emerging in-demand skills, and help Canadians develop the skills they need to take full advantage of and succeed in the new economy. The FSC-CCF is a partnership of Ryerson University, The Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint. The consortium brings together deep knowledge of economic and technology trends, public policy, rigorous applied research and evaluation expertise, extensive knowledge mobilization and convening experience, and longstanding commitments to skills training and development. Working in collaboration, FSC-CCF will access a network of more than 150 partners linking thousands of services providers, employers, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers. Building on this growing community of practice, the consortium will complement existing structures and drive systems change by expanding understanding, reducing fragmentation, and promoting effective policies and practices. With leaders in developing and testing innovative practices, the FSC-CCF will identify, replicate, and scale evidence-based solutions to improve knowledge of trends and skills, promote more inclusive and responsive career development processes, and improve access to high quality training.

The FSC-CCF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

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