Director, Communications

Bulletin No. 2021–07
Director, Communications
Ottawa, Ontario

 Deadline: December 3, 2021

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has a vacancy for the position of Director, Communications. This is a challenging position leading a professional communications team in a national organization committed to social and economic justice. This opportunity will appeal to a dynamic communicator eager to work in a fast-paced workplace. The ideal candidate should have experience in strategic communications, campaign development and media relations. This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario; however, due to COVID‑19, this work will be performed remotely until further notice.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Communications:

  • 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; and
  • Providing ongoing analysis of the impact of all communication strategies.

Media Relations:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with media contacts across platforms and outlets;
  • Developing messaging, speaking notes and training for CLC spokespeople; and
  • Writing and placing public statements, news releases, opinion pieces and articles.

Public Relations:

  • Overseeing the development of innovative messaging, branding, design, video and social media materials;
  • Overseeing all online, print and broadcast advertising; and
  • Overseeing the development, design, content and maintenance of organizational websites and social media channels.

Member Relations:

  • Overseeing internal and membership communications, including letters, speeches, briefing notes, e-newsletters, and promotional materials;
  • Working with affiliated unions to broaden support for Canada’s labour movement and amplify shared messages;
  • Managing and maintaining integrated communications databases (email, text and social media); and
  • Conducting training with affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to enhance coordinated message delivery on labour movement issues.

Departmental Direction:

  • Assigning, directing and supervising a communications team;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation and administration of the Communications Department including budgets, planning and staff development;
  • Working cooperatively with other departments, regions and affiliated unions; and
  • Negotiating and managing all contracted work in the department, such as media distribution, media monitoring, photography, videography, website development and creative consultants.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Completed post-secondary 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;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to work and communicate with internal staff, CLC elected leaders, government officials, stakeholders and affiliated unions;
  • Ability to think strategically and independently;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks with conflicting duties and timelines;
  • Ability to anticipate problems and respond with solutions;
  • Ability to realistically envision deliverables, coordinate and balance workflow to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of NationBuilder, Action Network, Word Press, and Asana is considered an asset;
  • Experience with art direction and video production;
  • Sound knowledge of federal issues and the Canadian labour movement;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply an equity and human rights lens to all aspects of work;
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Experience in the labour movement in a staff or elected position; and
  • Ability to work in both English and French (written and oral) is an asset.

The annual salary for this position is $112,452.87 (plus benefits) under the collective agreement of the IAMAW, Local Lodge 3111 CULR.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing how your qualifications match the above requirements to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, via email: by December 3, 2021. In addition, you must submit two writing samples: op-ed, press release, report, pamphlet, speaking notes, web or digital content, one case study on a previous earned media effort or campaign, and an example of a Twitter or Facebook handle(s) that you were/are responsible for monitoring and maintaining. If this is in the past, please provide the relevant dates. Please quote Bulletin 2021-07 in your application.

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.