Communications Manager

County of Lambton

 Communications Manager 

Job Number:  J0518-0478
Job Title:  Communications Manager
Position Status:  Full Time
Division:  Community Partners
City:  Home Based, Ontario, Canada
Number of Positions:1
Date Posted:  May 14, 2018
Closing Date:  May 27, 2018
Join the SWIFT team and help make a real difference in the lives of the residents, farms and businesses in southwest Ontario, Caledon and Niagara Region. #broadbandforeveryone

Position Overview
Are you a motivated self-starter who is tired of the commute, comfortable working at a home office, and is passionate about communications and #broadbandforeveryone? SWIFT is looking for you. 

In addition to normal communications work this role is also responsible for working with the Stakeholder Relations Manager in engaging the 14 First Nation communities and Metis in the project area. 

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) is recruiting for a Communications Manager. The position reports to the CEO. The current CEO is located in a rural area near Thornbury in Grey County. At this time there is no intent to have a bricks and mortar office, we operate virtually using Office 365. Staff will be expected to work from home with only (ironically) a reliable internet connection and good cell phone reception as prerequisites. 

SWIFT is a not-for-profit corporation that is bringing fibre based broadband to southwest Ontario, Caledon and Niagara Region. SWIFT received $180 million in funding from the Federal and Provincial governments to make #broadbandforeveryone a reality, come be part of the team! 

Communications Manager (Salary range $65,000 - $75,000 / year) 
Please see job description attached.

To apply for this position please email your resume to with Communications Manager in the title of the email. This position is full time. A competitive benefits package is included in this position and SWIFT is an OMERS employer. 

Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, May 28th, 2018. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all applicants. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Position Title: Communications Manager
Reports to: CEO

To manage the SWIFT brand and to develop and execute an overall communications strategy. To manage the SWIFT social media and website. Lead all communications activity for SWIFT including corporate communications/media relations, sponsorships and events, community activities and First Nation engagement.

  • Write promotional materials, website content, articles, publications and othercommunication materials as required.
  • Coordinate and maintain website and social media platforms
  • Develop and coordinate social media strategy
  • Craft key messages for specific groups, initiatives or projects
  • Develop newsletters, press releases and fact sheets
  • Organize new and innovative ways to communicate and engage stakeholders
  • Promote ongoing community events
First Nations Engagement
  • Work with Stakeholder Relations Manager to lead the engagement with FirstNations for SWIFT
  • Maintain records of First Nation contacts for reporting to funder
  • Responsible, as an employee, for occupational health and safety.
  • Maintain knowledge and skill at a high level with training and developmentthrough courses, workshops and selected reading.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions
Normal working hours are a 37.5 hour week with overtime required from time to time to deal with emergencies, deadlines, special events and peak periods. Required to maintain a professional public image of SWIFT to governments, other outside organizations, and the public.

Works in a high profile public office with the requirement to juggle priorities, deal with frequent interruptions and changing demands during the course of a working day while maintaining a pleasant, professional and positive demeanour. Required to maintain complete confidentiality and discretion due to the sensitive nature of financial, administrative, personnel, and policy matters.

Some travelling throughout southwestern Ontario is required for performing the work.

Internal Working Relationships
Internal contacts include the Executive Director, Board Members and other staff and consultants.

External Working Relationships
External contacts include municipal governments, municipal agencies, provincial ministries, telecom providers, various stakeholders, the general public and the media.

Knowledge and Skill
  • Post-secondary education in Communications, public relations, journalism, graphic design from a recognized institution or three years of non-profit related work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in public relations
  • Experience in WordPress publications (or similar), Facebook, Twitter, and social media platforms
  • Experience with MailChimp or similar platform
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Interest in working in Non-profit environment
  • Must be a team player and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to communicate effectively with alllevels of staff and with the media.
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail and coordination skills; ability to workcalmly under the stress of conflicting deadlines and assignments.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Advanced level knowledge of Microsoft products (office 365)
  • Proficient user of programs such as Adobe and Creative Suite.
  • Valid Driver’s license.

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Location: Home Based, ON.

Region: Zone 1

Professional Category(s): Communications.

Posted: May 14, 2018, 1:39 pm

Expires: May 27, 2018, 4:30 pm

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