National Director, Communications - CLC


Bulletin No. 2019-02
National Director, Communications
Ottawa, ON


Application Deadline: June 20, 2019 July 15, 2019 (extended)

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is hiring a National Director, Communications. This is a challenging position leading a professional communications team in a national organization committed to social and economic justice. This position is based at the CLC National Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Developing and overseeing an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the political and organizational objectives of the CLC while promoting awareness and building support for Canada’s labour movement;
  • Managing the organization’s proactive and reactive communications strategies with respect to media, affiliated unions, policy makers, influencers and the public;
  • Providing ongoing analysis of the impact of all communication strategies.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with media contacts across platforms and outlets;
  • Overseeing the development of messaging, speaking notes and training for CLC spokespeople;
  • Overseeing writing and the placement of public statements, news releases, opinion pieces and articles;
  • Overseeing the development of innovative messaging, branding, design, video and social media materials;
  • Overseeing all online, print and broadcast advertising;
  • Overseeing the development, design, content and maintenance of organizational websites and social media channels;
  • Overseeing internal and membership communications, including letters, speeches, briefing notes, e-newsletters, and promotional materials;
  • Assigning, directing and supervising a communications team to three professional and two administrative staff;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation and administration of the Communications Department including budgets, planning and staff development;
  • Leading project management for all products and assets and working cooperatively with other departments, regions and affiliated unions;
  • Negotiating and managing all contracted work in the department, such as media distribution, media monitoring, photography, videography, website development and creative consultants; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Completed postsecondary education in communications, journalism, public relations, or equivalent educational or work experience;
  • Five years of experience in organizational communications and media relations;
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision and project management, especially within a unionized work environment;
  • Demonstrated experience driving social media strategies and building subscriber databases;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing large-scale and targeted ad buys in radio, television, print, online and social media;
  • A sound knowledge of federal issues and the Canadian labour movement;
  • Knowledge of Nationbuilder, Word Press, Asana considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply an equity and human rights lens to all aspects of work;
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills;
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Experience in the labour movement in a staff or elected position; and
  • The ability to work in both English and French (written and oral) is an asset.

The annual salary for this position is $105,606.53 (plus benefits) under the collective agreement IAMAW Local Lodge 3111 CULR (formerly with Unifor, Local CULR 1).

Please submit your resume and covering letter to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Human Resources Director, via email: by June 20, 2019. Quote Bulletin 2019-02 in your application. While we appreciate all applications received, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note: The CLC will complete its internal hiring process prior to proceeding with external candidates. While we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply for this position.

Closing date: 

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 17:00


Please indicate on your cover letter that you saw this job posting at the CALM Job Board.