Deadline: July 19, 2021 5:00pm

The CEC Secretariat (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is seeking an experienced senior professional as Head, Communications Unit, for a full-time role, two-year contract position with the possibility of renewal.

This position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the development and implementation of the CEC’s communications strategy, with a focus on increasing overall visibility, communicating the organization’s mission and values, and increasing engagement of stakeholders and various target audiences.

The functions are integral to CEC’s image and reputation as a model of cooperation and a catalyst for environmental action, and complement the work carried out by all units to pursue its mission and implement the cooperative work program, in accordance with the Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), and with its high-level priorities set out in CEC’s strategic and operational plans.

You should apply if you want a unique experience in contributing to sustainable development objectives in North America, and are committed to integrity, transparency, inclusiveness, collaboration, and excellence.

Key responsibilities:
Managing the communications strategy for CEC and specific plans and products

  • Set and recommend communications objectives and deliverables.
  • Provide strategic communications advice to the Executive Director and senior staff.
  • Monitor and track workflow and performance, including metrics.
  • Assess and manage risks involving communications.

Planning and managing written and graphic content for public dissemination

  • Deliver high-quality content and consistent branding and messaging.
  • Ensure quality assurance for written content, including media, web and social media.
  • Liaise with government officials for messaging at CEC events and meetings.
  • Ensure high-quality and timely responses to queries and requests.

Supervising the Communications team

  • Provide guidance, assign tasks, and organize workflow and workload.
  • Oversee the quality of editing, translation, video post-production, graphic design, public relations, and web design, from within or by consultants.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and guidelines.
  • Set staff performance objectives and complete appraisals and leave approvals.
  • Participate in the recruitment and orientation of new personnel.

Managing resources in line with budgetary/administrative functions

  • Manage the communications budget, in line with work plans, timelines and performance measures and reporting.
  • Oversee the evaluation and selection of potential consultants, including requests for proposals, contracts, and terms of reference.
  • Ensure the effective management of consultants and of related administrative and financial matters.

Attributes and qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following education, experience, language and competencies requirements:

  • University degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field, and minimum seven (7) years of communications team management experience.
  • Experience in leading an organization’s communications function.
  • Knowledge of media relations, digital media, environmental issues, including information, education, public awareness of science-related topics.
  • Experience working in communications for a public institution or international government agency.
  • Knowledge of and experience with current environmental policies and issues.
  • High-level proficiency in English; appropriate level of proficiency in one or both of the other two languages of the CEC (French/Spanish), and a good working knowledge of the third.
  • Strong organizational planning skills and ability to develop work plans and meet objectives and timelines.
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, on deadlines and problem solve rapidly.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic environment.

The salary range for this position is presented net of income taxes and starts at $52,000 USD Net, up to $70,000 USD Net, plus 25% benefits on the annual salary, based on a weekly schedule of 37.5 hours.

The CEC promotes employment equity and encourages diversity. Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to the address below by 19 July 2021. No phone calls or email message inquiries will be accepted.

Human Resources
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
700 de la Gauchetière St. West, Suite 1620
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3B 5M2