Director of Communications

Date Posted: Dec 02, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2020
Start Date: Feb 03, 2020

Salary From: 80K To 80K
Province: Alberta
City: Edmonton
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: Business
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Edmonton Arts Council
The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton and works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life.  

Job Description


The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton and works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life.  The EAC is currently recruiting for a Director of Communications to fill a temporary vacancy. The Director of Communications is responsible for overseeing and strengthening both institutional, programmatic, service and public engagement messaging for the EAC. The Director of Communications serves as a subject matter expert in the design and delivery of a robust communications strategy, which builds the EAC’s leadership role in catalyzing cultural development within the framework of Connections & Exchanges.  
  • Identifying and developing strategic communications priorities that articulate the EAC’s mission and goals, fostering greater awareness of its programs and services, by increasing visibility and deepening the impact of EAC programs and services.
  • Set and manage the EAC’s strategy for all communications and external messages including positive media relations.
  • Provide direction to the strategic development of internal communications plans and initiatives.
  • Create strategies to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with partners, stakeholders and external organizations and represent the EAC in various capacities.
  • Maintain connections to the community by developing content and key messages for communications materials and developing education and outreach initiatives.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the communications department including directing short and long-term planning initiatives.
  • Provide leadership to communications team by monitoring performance, setting objectives, establishing priorities and providing ongoing meaningful feedback.
  • Participate in and contribute to special projects as required by the Executive Director.


  • Degree or diploma in public relations, journalism, communications or combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Five years of experience in strategic communications, external/government relations, advocacy and media relations.
  • Five years of managerial experience including the direct supervision and leadership of staff. 
  • Understanding of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the EAC’s goals and deliverables.
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful communications strategies including working with media and community partners in an effective manner.
  • Proven ability to manage competing demands effectively.
  • Professional experience in managing a variety of social media channels.
  • Appreciation of the arts is an asset.
  • Proficiency in a second language is an asset. 

Additional Info:

TITLE : Director of Communications
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time – Temporary (One Year)
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SALARY: Range starting at $82,329.00
POSTING DATE: November 28, 2019
CLOSING DATE: January 6, 2019 
TARGET START DATE: February 2020

How to Apply:

Interested candidates email resume and cover letter as a single attachment to: 
Melanie Haynes, HR Specialist               Email: 
We are an equal opportunity employer.  The EAC encourages diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.
We thank all applicants in advance, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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