Competition number:              J1122-1182

Department:                            Strategy and Communication

Status:                                     Full-Time Term – one year term (January 30, 2023 to January 29, 2024)

Hours:                                     Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (35 hours per week). Occasional evening and weekend work.

Annual/hourly salary:              $60,400 – $86,900 (position with benefits and pension plan)

Closing date:                           Dec 25, 2022

Anticipated start date:             January 30, 2023

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

It is the National Arts Centre’s goal to be a more welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and diverse organization for all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and, therefore, we actively seek to recruit candidates who identify as women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

COVID-19 Pandemic

The incumbent may be required to work remotely either full-time or in a hybrid fashion until the end of the pandemic.  All necessary working tools needed to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this position will be provided to the employee for this purpose.

Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety of all NAC employees, and in keeping with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) guidelines, it is recommended that while working from the NAC employees should wear masks. Whether individuals decide to wear a mask or not, we thank you for being respectful of others’ choices. Additionally, it is recommended to follow OPH guidelines on workplace preventive practices, (such as distancing, masking when distancing is not possible, ventilation, cleaning, workplace testing, and screening programs) to help prevent transmission.

On occasion, the NAC may impose the wearing of masks and the enforcement of rapid testing should it be deemed reasonable and necessary to do so.

Please know that although we remain under a declared pandemic, events and activities are gradually returning to the building. Consequently, staff members are expected to return to the workplace as required, or perform a combination of remote work and work from the National Arts Centre (NAC). Your direct supervisor will provide guidance and information related to the NAC’s Hybrid Work Policy.

Introducing the National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada.

Curious to learn more? We invite you to read our strategic plan for 2020-2023 in The Next Act.

Collaboration, innovation and community-led engagement are only some of the many initiatives the NAC will leverage to help shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the performing arts in Canada, one that embodies our slogan and loudly proclaims that Canada is our stage.

Key Activities:

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Communications, the Communications Strategist, French Theatre, is responsible for the overall storytelling for the NAC’s French Theatre. A strong writer and content creator, the Communications Strategist will also oversee the development, production and implementation of communications strategies, online stories, web content, social media, and media relations to increase awareness of programs and special projects among its key stakeholders, target audiences, and Canadians in the National Capital Region (NCR) and across the country.

Working in close collaboration with the NAC’s French Theatre team, the Communications Strategist will plan and create content and stories for dissemination through various channels, including the NAC website, newsletters, social media, reports, and targeted communications to stakeholders.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Leverage strong storytelling skills to create and disseminate engaging content that resonates with target audiences;
  • Write persuasive and compelling content, including online stories, newsletters, reports, social media posts, press releases, web content, projects/events credits and descriptions, letters, video scripts and other communications, as required;
  • Develop, implement and monitor communications strategies, including impacts and reports;
  • Increase national awareness of NAC French Theatre through earned, owned and social media;
  • Work closely with NAC internal teams to develop and nurture strong communications networks in order to effectively engage with stakeholders in the NCR and across Canada;
  • Plan and execute in-person and online announcements and initiatives;
  • Generate reports and presentations for internal communications purposes, for audiences that include NAC Senior Management and the NAC Board of Trustees.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in communications, journalism, or a related field and a minimum of (3) years of relevant experience;
  • Ability to communicate verbally in both official languages (public speaking, public and media relations) and in writing (copy, editing and storytelling);
  • Strong knowledge of social media tactics (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram);
  • Ability to draft and conceptualize multiple methods of communication (press releases, web content, newsletters, video scripts, correspondence, etc.);
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a team and on occasion, take on a leadership role;
  • Demonstrated initiative and sound judgment;
  • Astute ability to prioritize, with efficient decision-making and demonstrated ability to work under pressure while managing tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Creative and analytical thinking;
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Knowledge of the performing arts in general;
  • Passionate about the performing arts.

Who can apply:

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

All communication will be conducted through email and interviews via videoconferencing. Please ensure to have the most up-to-date information on your résumé including your current email address.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to provide the original or a certified true copy of their education credentials as appropriate, along with proof of a valid Background Check as a condition of employment.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.

How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and résumé online through the “Career Opportunities” section of our website at http://clients.njoyn.com/CL4/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=74526&page=jobdetails&jobid=J1122-1182&BRID=EX298949&SBDID=21728&LANG=1

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