Officer, Corporate Media Relations
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Innovative Client Services Department, Public Information & Media Relations Service, Media Relations &
Legislative Support Branch
1 Full-time Temporary Position (up to 1 year) - 35 hours/week
$70,947.24 to $86,326.24 annually (2019 rates of pay)
City Hall,110 Laurier Avenue West
The Corporate Media Relations Officer (CMRO), working with the Program Manager, Media Relations and
Legislative Support, provides timely and effective responses to media inquiries, corrects inaccuracies and
misinformation in media stories and proactively promotes City of Ottawa programs, policies, initiatives and
services that are departmental and / or City priorities.
The CMRO, who works in a complex and fast paced environment, often under tight deadlines, must be able
to quickly analyze information, write synopses, produce key messages, and brief staff on developing issues.
The CMRO also provides senior staff with advice and assistance in preparing for media campaigns,
interviews, press conferences and briefings. The CMRO assists the Program Manager, Media Relations and
Public Information in the delivery of a comprehensive media training program to staff and Council, as
The CMRO develops and maintains a positive and professional relationship with senior staff, Council and
both local and national media organizations and journalists. The CMRO must be able to work independently,
as part of a team and show initiative and creativity. The CMRO also participates in the City's quick response,
to emerging issues and during emergency and crisis situations, by recommending media strategies and
The CMRO electronically distributes and posts to the City's website: media releases, media advisories and
Public Service Announcements, and helps administer the City's web Newsroom.
The CMRO must keep abreast of all City activities, reports and issues in their assigned portfolios. The CMRO
assists the City in responding to municipal emergencies as per the City's Emergency Communications Plan.
Education & Experience
Three (3) year university undergraduate degree in journalism or communications or an equivalent
combination of experience and training in a related field
Minimum of five (5) years related experience in media relations or journalism or adequate relevant
experience in a related field.
- Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for
stipulated academic requirements.
Language, Certificates & Licenses
Day 1 Ready – immediate requirement for language proficiency:
French oral, reading, writing
English oral, reading, writing
Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.
Knowledge of the workings and organization of both the local and national media
Knowledge of how to conduct interviews in order to extract appropriate information to prepare written material
or to prepare responses for the public and media
Knowledge of how to prepare self and others for media interviews, news conferences, public appearances,
Knowledge of how municipal government (specifically City of Ottawa) functions in terms of organizational
structure, mandate, relationship with other levels of government, etc.
Knowledge of how to arrange media-related events in order to communicate with the public about the city's
programs, projects and services
Knowledge of social media (channels, monitoring, responding)
Competencies & Skills
Well developed media and communications skills:
proven ability to communicate effectively orally and in
Well developed interpersonal skills:
proven ability to communicate effectively with all levels of a large
organization; exceptional verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to deal
effectively with senior management, elected officials and the public
Excellent research skills both on the Internet and via traditional methods
Excellent writing and editing skills in both official languages
Ability to predict how an issue will be perceived in the public domain in order to prepare accordingly
Ability to take initiative in management of day-to-day news issues, as well as work effectively as a
contributing team member
If this opportunity matches your interest and profile please apply online by using the "Apply"
button. If this is your first online application please refer to our resources on how to apply for jobs online.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process
will be contacted.
The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services by establishing a qualified workforce that
reflects the diverse population it serves. The City encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the
HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.