To help out my employer, the City of Calgary, I’ve been posting some of the positions available in Communications. Here’s one that is currently posted and closes NOVEMBER 26, 2012:

Basic Job Information

Posting Title: Communications Strategist
Business Unit/Section: Public Safety Communications/Strategic Services Communications
Location: 35 Street N.E.
Union/Position: CUPE Local 38/Temporary (up to 24 months)
Compensation: Pay Grade 12
$35.58 – 39.13 – 41.09 – 43.14 – 45.29 – 47.56 per hour
Hours of Work: This position works a standard 35 hour work week.

Business Unit Information
Public Safety Communications (PSC) is an innovative operation that integrates 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency call evaluation with dispatch functions for EMS, Fire and Police in Calgary and surrounding area. More than 250 Public Safety Communications Officers receive almost a million 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls each year. PSC is the largest public safety answer point in Alberta.

Responsibilities
Public Safety Communications is seeking a highly motivated and astute senior level communicator to work on all facets of communications for the Business Unit. This position’s primarily role is to provide strategic communications planning and counsel as it relates to addressing the needs of internal audiences, client groups and citizens.
Reporting to the Communications Team Lead, Community Services and Protective Services, the successful candidate will be a well-rounded generalist with senior experience in communications, issues management and media relations. Responsibilities include:

Provide strategic communications counsel using best practices to support senior leadership and administration.
Develop communications plans and marketing strategies that foster strong relationships with partners, internal stakeholders and the public in support of Business Unit goals.
Support Public Safety Communications Strategic Services section as well as the Board of Governors with research and writing as required.
Develop and lead the implementation of an internal communications plan.
Manage events including a number of internal ceremonies as well as planned media events and launches.
Provide environmental scanning and proactive issues identification and mitigation.
Ensure media relations preparedness, coaching and related support for designated spokespeople.
As an emergency communications service provider and critical infrastructure for the evaluation and dispatch of emergency and non emergency calls, security of PSC is expected and necessary. All PSC personnel, including support staff and partners require a security clearance to the expectations of the Calgary Police Service and fingerprint submission to the RCMP National Repository.

Qualifications
The successful applicant must possess a degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Business or related field with a minimum of six years of progressively senior experience in communications and strategic planning. Experience in issues management, media relations and change management is required. A designation in Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) or Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) would be considered an asset. Previous experience working in an emergency services setting will also be considered an asset.

Success in this role requires superior interpersonal skills, flexibility, strong organizational skills, political sensitivity and the ability to coach staff and leaders at all levels.

Notes
Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.
Only education obtained from an accredited institution will be recognized as meeting the minimum qualifications.

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