As a Senior External Communications Specialist, you will be part of a team developing external communications for local and national audiences. Reporting to the Director of Media and Public Affairs, you will develop and execute creative solutions, in collaboration with design, digital and social media teams. As a collaborative partner with our community relations team, your creativity and experience planning and organizing newsworthy event will be central to your day to day activities. In this role, you will also support a bustling press office, drive proactive media outreach, act quickly and efficiently on time-sensitive inbound requests, and develop strong working relationships with our key media partners. As an integral member of a high-performing team, your knowledge of public relations and the Canadian business media landscape will help you to execute on campaigns that will enhance our brand and build awareness for one of Canada’s largest insurance companies.
Forge strong relationships with senior communication leads to ensure delivery of solutions that meet business needs
Partner with a variety of business units, community relations in particular, to create interesting and newsworthy stories and events.
Assess project communication needs and goals, identify audiences and audience needs and issues
Develop content and copy for a range of communications projects and audiences
Present creative solutions and materials to client groups to illustrate concepts and gain feedback
Collaborate with other team members on creative solutions to meet project goals, budgets, schedules
Collaborate with other communication team members as necessary to ensure consistent messages, positioning, timing and language for various internal and external audiences
Manage projects according to communication plans, production schedules, and budgets
Qualifications and Competencies:
Completion of a post-secondary degree relating to communications, and at least two years of related experience. A combination of education and work experience will also be considered.
Experience working with media in an external communications role
Experience planning and executing community events
Outstanding communication skills with a demonstrated ability to be creative in written content
Problem-solving, strategic planning and project management skills
Ability to effectively manage and deliver multiple projects in a quality and timely manner, independently and under pressure
Strong collaboration and relationship building skills and ability to work well with a national team working in different locations
Comfortable with ambiguity and a changing environment
Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information appropriately
Proficiency with common office software
Bilingual English and French would be considered an asset
Canada Life is a leading insurance, wealth management and benefits provider focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 170 years, individuals, families and business owners across Canada have trusted us to provide sound guidance and deliver on the promises we’ve made.
As of January 1, 2020, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life became one company – Canada Life, and today, we proudly serve more than 13 million customer relationships from coast to coast to coast.
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Canada Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness in our head office facilities. If you’d like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.
Canada Life serves the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.
We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.
Canada Life would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted