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Manager, Media Relations & Corporate Communications

Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Description de L'emploi

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in Canada. The approach it is implementing, known as Adaptive Phased Management (APM), involves developing a centralized underground repository, supported by a robust social and technical research program in collaboration with Canadian universities, consultants and international waste management organizations.
Join our growing team of scientists, engineers and other professionals to work collaboratively with Canadians in implementing our management approach in a manner that safeguards people and respects the environment, now and in the future. 
Manager, Media Relations & Corporate Communications
We are currently seeking an experienced Manager, Media Relations & Corporate Communications to join our energetic and fast-paced Communications team. Reporting to the Director, Corporate Communications, the Manager is responsible for leading, developing, implementing and measuring corporate communications and media relations plans to deliver two-way multi-platform communications programs to a range of audiences. The Manager will lead public and media relations corporately and co-ordinate communications planning and implementation with regional counterparts to ensure alignment with the Visibility Strategy and other Corporate Objectives. The Manager will be accountable for ensuring relevant processes and systems are in place to ensure work is delivered on time and budget.
  1. Develop and lead strategic implementation of corporate communications plans, with regular management of sensitive and confidential information, to strategically deliver two-way and multi-platform communication programs to a range of audiences with the objective of advancing the Adaptive Phased Management site selection process, mitigating emerging issues and continuously enhancing the NWMO’s reputation. 
  2. Develop and lead implementation of the NWMO’s media relations plans ensuring alignment with digital strategy. Oversee media relations including provincial, national, international and trade media and provide guidance and input into regional communications programs and interactions via the Regional Communications Managers.
  3. Manage monitoring and evaluation of media coverage in tandem with the Digital Team’s social media monitoring efforts. Provide strategic advice, lead and implement follow-up actions as warranted.
  4. Act as a lead spokesperson for the organization and manage key issues, including contentious issues.
  5. Lead co-ordination with Regional and Indigenous Communications Managers to ensure consistent, cohesive communication strategies, messaging and tactics across operations and platforms. Support Managers in accessing resources as needed within the Communications Team and through preferred vendors.
  6. Oversee the NWMO’s media relations policy in close co-ordination with social media and other relevant policies, ensuring consistent adherence. Manage updates to the policy as needed in collaboration with senior management. 
  7. Manage the NWMO’s corporate advertising plan and budget, in co-ordination with regional and digital communications counterparts and in alignment with corporate and regional communications strategies.
  8. Develop and lead implementation of the NWMO’s strategy for engaging with civil society organizations and other key stakeholders.  
  9. Proactively identify emerging issues and provide strategic communications and issues management advice to senior leadership. Develop key messages and timely strategies to manage contentious issues.  
  10. When developing strategies, gather and incorporate relevant input from multiple internal subject matter experts such as those in Engagement, Indigenous Relations and Engagement, Community Well-Being, Assessment and Dialogue, Government Relations, Geoscience, Engineering, Safety and other disciplines as required. 
  11. Provide strategic communications advice and coaching to other NWMO employees as needed. 
  12. As a member of the Communications Team, contribute to plans and strategies led by others on the team, including but not limited to, functions such as government relations, digital communications, internal communications and brand management. 
  13. Provide direction, regular performance feedback, coaching and training to employees. Establish clear roles and responsibilities and develop clear measurable annual performance objectives. 
  14. Support our strong safety culture by ensuring employee safety and that activities meet or exceed the health, safety and environment requirements of the NWMO.
  15. Develop and manage budgets and co-ordinate with vendors as required. Working with the procurement team, ensure appropriate procurement processes are followed.  
  16. Participate in strategic planning activities and contribute to operational and management planning and decision-making that align with strategic business plans and objectives.
  17. Develop and deliver briefings and presentations about APM to key audiences, including community leaders, influencers, service groups, representatives of First Nations and Metis organizations, and others. Represent the NWMO at events such as open houses, community fairs, meetings with community groups, conferences, public meetings, sponsored activities, etc. As required, manage on-the-ground communications requirements at NWMO events.  
  18. Prepare NWMO colleagues, including peers, senior leaders and Executive Team members, for key presentations and meetings. This could include planning, materials development, coaching, on-the-ground support and organizing training as needed.  
  19. In co-ordination with regional counterparts, establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across a number of regions, including (but not limited to) small and large media outlets (both traditional and digital), community leaders, First Nations and Métis peoples, civil society organizations and other public interest groups, community groups, other key influencers and local residents in conjunction with engagement leads.
  20. Provide communications support as needed to external partners, such as Community Liaison Committees, municipal leaders and First Nation and Métis leaders, on matters related to communications.
  21. Lead communications skills training with key stakeholders. This may include, for example, media training and presentations skills training. Depending on the circumstances, this may involve developing and delivering training directly, or hiring and managing an outside vendor to deliver it.  
  22. Perform other duties as required.


  • A 4-year university degree in communications, public relations or journalism or by having the equivalent level of education.
  • Over 12 years of experience in strategic communications with a strong background in media relations in a busy corporate environment.
  • Strong experience as media spokesperson liaising with community, provincial, national, international and trade media and government stakeholders (all levels) and other public interest groups.
  • Communications experience related to implementing major infrastructure projects requiring significant public engagement.
  • Demonstrated project management skills for complex communications initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong experience working with civil society organizations, including activist and opposition groups.
  • Experience communicating with First Nation and Métis communities and organizations.
  • Strong issues management and crisis communications experience and proven track-record successfully managing contentious issues.
  • Strong project management skills. Process-orientation and ability to manage detailed budgets.
  • Government relations (federal, provincial and municipal) experience would be a strong asset, ideally working with multiple departments and complex policy-related issues.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with outstanding attention to detail.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring professional staff.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) would be a strong asset.
  • You must be eligible to work in Canada and must be able to meet security clearance requirements.

Comment S'inscrire

We offer competitive base salary and health care benefits package. 
Please submit your application at careers.nwmo.ca by April 16, 2021.
The NWMO is committed to contribute to reconciliation in all its work by co-creating a shared future built on rights, equity and well-being.  As an employment equity employer NWMO actively seeks Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, and additional diverse identities for our workforce.  The NWMO will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you require accommodation, please Contact Us
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Contact Pour Cette Position
Alicia Flynn
Nuclear Waste Management Organization
22 St. Clair Avenue East, 4th floor
Toronto ON M4T 2S3

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Lieu de Travail
Toronto ON
Niveau D'emploi et Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
$100,000 - $149,999
Annonce à publier jusqu'à
avril 30, 2021
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