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Communications Officer

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Job Description

Communications Officer
PASS Grade 5   $78,601 to $88,466
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s vision for communications and engagement is clear:  we honour all voices. This includes honouring the voices of racialized, marginalized and equity seeking groups within our community. The Communications and Community Engagement team will foster engagement by building trust, nurturing relationships and maintaining the confidence of the Hamilton community. The goal of the plan is to create a culture of communications and engagement through the implementation of its Strategic Directions. Learn more:
Reporting to the Manager of Communications and Community Engagement, the Communications Officer is responsible for developing comprehensive communication plans for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board which includes research, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Provide advice, conceptualize, formulate, and implement communication strategies and programs to strengthen relationships between the Board, its employees, parents/guardians/caregivers, and partners
  • Take a proactive position with media, staff, community groups, and Board representatives while preparing written communication such as media releases, articles, publications (digital and print), speeches, and presentations
  • Support schools and respond to issues, concerns and information needs through direct contact with groups or written communications
  • Utilize various digital platforms for the purpose of clear communications
  • Contribute to social media and coordinate content for Board websites


  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations or related field, or equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum of five years' progressively responsible experience as a communications and public relations professional, ideally gained in a politically focused environment such as a school board or municipal/provincial government with a demonstrated track record of success with proactive issues management
  • Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is an asset
  • Experience with the development and execution of effective and targeted communication and issue management plans and production of publications as well as strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Experience building and maintaining a strategic social media engagement plan and will be knowledgeable and creatively engaged with evolving social media, mobile and other digital platforms
  • Demonstrate an anti-racist understanding and be responsive to the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders
  • Experience working with racialized, marginalized and equity seeking groups within the Hamilton community
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to build collaborative working relationships and provide exemplary service to internal and external stakeholders, levels of government and media
  • Excellent research and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy, ability to meet timelines and maintain confidentiality
  • Analytical, problem solving and strategic thinking skills
  • The successful applicant will be required to work a flexible work week during peak workload periods

How To Apply

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021.
Interviews will be scheduled during the week of February 1 to 5, 2021.
Please apply by accessing this link
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to equity in employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve and global/international experience is valued. The Board is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process. If you require accommodation, please notify us in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.
Contact For This Position
Melanie Kivell
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
20 Education Court
Hamilton ON L9A 0B9

Telephone: (905) 527-5092

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Job Location
Hamilton ON
Job Level & Type
Intermediate Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
$75,000 - $99,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
February 06, 2021
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