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Director, Communications

Husky Energy

Job Description

One of Husky’s advantages is that we are an integrated oil and gas company. From exploration to development, production, refining and marketing, we’ve got it all! Combine this with a range of learning and development tools and an inclusive work environment, and you are well-positioned for a successful career at Husky.

We have training, mentoring and career development programs and resources to help you develop both personally and professionally – as an employee or a leader. We offer many internal leadership and business skills courses along with tuition reimbursement programs for qualified employees. Every year, a significant number of our employees are able to take on new roles within the company thanks to our strong focus on hands-on learning and development.

Husky is currently looking for a Director, Communications to join their Corporate Affairs department at their Calgary, AB location.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, the Director, Communications provides leadership, direction, mentorship and alignment for a team of approximately 20 communication professionals in Canada and the United States.

The Director, Communications develops strategic contemporary and integrated communication plans to engage key external and internal stakeholders (employees, investors, government and operating communities) while ensuring the integrity of Husky’s identity, brand and narrative.

This role supports key C-Suite communications and public relations, working collaboratively as part of the broader Corporate Affairs leadership team accountable for investor, government, community and Indigenous relations at Husky.

Please note that the deadline to apply for this position is Monday, June 17, 2019.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership and development of Husky’s overall external and internal communication and public relations. This includes management strategies and plans supporting Husky's business goals and objectives, regularly testing and upgrading Crisis Communications training and process, ensuring efficiency readiness and effective response.
  • Leading a culture of transformation and continuous improvement, incorporating best practices within corporate communications.
  • Developing and implementing strategy and management techniques (e.g. research, planning and tracking mechanisms such as scorecards) to track and coordinate activities, clearly articulating objectives and results.
  • Leading, mentoring and coaching Communications staff while fostering a culture of collaboration, professionalism and a focus on delivering results together.
  • Understanding, interpreting and applying communication research techniques, data and stakeholder insights to communication strategies and activities. While at the same time managing external and internal consultant and vendor relationships, including Husky’s outsourced creative and graphic design services.


Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related post-secondary designation.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the following areas:
    • Professional experience working in corporate communications, external and internal, in the private, public or not-for-profit sector.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage large scale programs and projects, ensuring timeliness and accuracy of deliverables, anticipate challenges, develop recommendations, brief managers, manage project budgets and relevant agencies or other external partners.
    • Proven experience in Issues management / Crisis communication, with a thorough understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS), crisis roles and responsibilities, preparedness, and training.
    • Professional experience working as part of a senior management team and history of providing leadership and support to business leaders and specialized functions such as Safety, HR, IS, business development, and investor relations.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the following:
    • Proven exceptional writing and storytelling skills, including development and delivery of articles, news releases, media alerts, backgrounders, fact sheets, speeches, bios, executive briefing materials, web site content and other media / digital communication content.
    • Overseeing digital and social media, including demonstrated understanding of paid, earned and owned digital media integration.
    • Media relations, including strong relationships with business journalists, creating media strategies and pitching traditional and social media; helping plan and execute media events to achieve positive and balanced media coverage; ability to provide timely and in-depth analysis of coverage results and media trends; manage and interact with media in crisis situations.
    • Working in the Oil and Gas sector
  • Previous experience working in a large scale, multinational organization (headquarters within or outside Canada)
  • Relevant industry background in the following areas:
    • Oil and Gas
    • Pipelines
    • Technology/IT
    • Airlines
    • Manufacturing
    • Government
    • Public/Non-for-profit
  • Exceptionally proficient in using Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word and Excel etc.)
  • Previous experience in the following:
    • Project, Staff and Agency Management
    • Public speaking/presentations
    • Engaging with and leveraging media and social media
    • Visual ID, brand management, graphic design and copywriting


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Membership/Accreditation with Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) or International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Please note that you will need to submit a recent resume and cover letter along with written samples of recent projects or communication you have managed, preferably addressing the topics listed below.

Examples of proven experience in communication and public relations would include:

  • Cultural transformation
  • Knowledge of best practices
  • Knowledge of technological breakthroughs in the communications space and implementation experience if any
  • Proven crisis communication experience (large scale events)
  • Communication around quarterly results cycle
  • Media training for executives
  • Expertise in social media, branding and brand management
  • Previous experience in managing a reputational crisis situation

Please note that pre-employment background checks are pre-conditions to Husky employment offers and must be completed successfully before you are confirmed to start with Husky.

At Husky, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from everyone including visible minorities, Aboriginal people, women, and persons with disabilities.

Husky Energy is an integrated Canadian energy company.  It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HSE.  The Company operates Upstream and Downstream business segments, with operations in Canada, the United States, China and Indonesia. 

Husky's balanced growth strategy focuses on consistent execution, disciplined financial management and safe and reliable operations.

How To Apply

Interested candidates must apply online at:  Only those candidates who apply via Husky's online application process can be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest in our organization; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Contact For This Position
Husky Energy
707 8 AVE SW
Calgary AB T2P 1H5

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Job Location
Calgary AB
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
July 03, 2019
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