Communications Manager

locationIqaluit - Nunavut (NU),

atCanadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Estimated salary $100,220 - $114,592 a year

Job Description:

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Iqaluit (Nunavut)
Permanent Full Time
$100,220 to $114,592 ((Plus Northern allowances (approx. $22,000 to $39,000+), and housing available – see Important Messages))

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Closing date: 21 December 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: For this selection process, applicants will be considered in the following order:
(1) Those who are Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement.
(2) If there are no qualified Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement,
persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad will be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to apply ONLY if they are willing and able to work in or relocate to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Apply online

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation


This position in Iqaluit comes with a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, an employee pension PLUS applicable northern allowances of approximately $22,000/year to $39,000/year, as well as vacation travel assistance for you, your spouse/common-law partner and eligible dependents, of approximately $3,000 per person**.

Federal government housing and financial assistance for relocation are available**.

No cover letter needed! Our online application process includes a specially designed questionnaire that will help you provide all the information we need to fully assess your application. Just complete the questionnaire and attach your CV. If for technical reasons, you are unable to submit your application online, please contact Elizabeth Lesiak at [email protected] to discuss alternative methods to submit your application.

**For more information, please consult the following links: Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive for more information: directive/ipgh-pile/ index-eng.php. and Relocation Directive: directive/nrd-drc/index-eng.php


As a Communications Manager, you will be challenged to:

  • Manage a communications team, including human resources, responsible for the development and implementation of departmental strategic communications plans and activities.
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance on all aspects of communications, frequently involving sensitive subject matter, to the Minister’s office, senior and middle management and employees.
  • Passionately and proactively, tell stories through a variety of mediums about the successes, projects and results achieved by CanNor, so that all Canadians have a better understanding of CanNor’s impact.
  • Oversee, plan and deliver reactive and proactive media strategies, including the development of media advisories, key messages, questions and answers and the development and organization of special events and media opportunities.

Work environment

Established in August 2009, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is the only federal department with an exclusive mandate for the North. It is headquartered in Iqaluit, Nunavut with regional offices in Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Whitehorse (Yukon) and a liaison office in Ottawa (Ontario). This position is located at CanNor’s headquarters in Iqaluit and it is supported by staff in all of CanNor's offices.

CanNor's vision is to develop a strong, diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy for all northerners and Indigenous peoples across Canada's three Territories. As the smallest of the Government of Canada’s six regional development agencies (approximately 115 staff), CanNor provides a unique opportunity for individuals looking to be part of a small but mighty organization.

Intent of the process

Please note: We have an immediate need to staff one indeterminate position.

Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement who are found qualified in this staffing process will be appointed ahead of other qualified applicants.

In the event that an employee of the public service is qualified through this process, he/she may be considered for acting, deployment, assignment or secondment opportunities.

Interchange Canada may also be used as a staffing option***.

*** Note: Interchange Canada is a program that gives people working outside the Government of Canada (for example, employees of Inuit organizations, Government of Nunavut, the private sector etc.) the chance to take a leave from their job on a temporary assignment to work within the federal government. There is no cost to the employee’s organization – the federal government reimburses the employee’s salary and employees maintain their benefits! If you would like more information, email Elizabeth Lesiak at [email protected] or click here:

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to the position such as media studies, public relations, communications, journalism, marketing or other discipline relevant to

the position, or a combination of education, training and experience related to the position.

Degree equivalency


EX1 - Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies, plans and products.
EX2 - Experience in providing strategic communications advice and recommendations to senior management.*
EX3 - Experience in building collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
EX4 - Significant experience** supervising staff and providing feedback or coaching.
EX5 - Significant experience** in the writing and editing of communications products.

  • Senior management is defined as positions equivalent to, or higher than, Director, Director General, Board Chair, Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer.

**Significant experience is defined as a period of at least one year.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Operational Requirements

  • Willingness and ability to work overtime if required and on short notice.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Willingness to carry and use a mobile device for work purposes.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual - Non Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements


K1 - Knowledge of the Government of Canada’s Policy on Communications and Federal Identity.


COM1 - Demonstrating integrity and respect
COM2 - Thinking things through
COM3 - Working effectively with others
COM4 - Showing initiative and being action-oriented


A1 - Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A2 - Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
A3 - Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


AEX1 - Experience working on communications files related to Indigenous and northern affairs or economic development.
AEX2 -Experience working in a Northern environment, preferably Nunavut, the Northwest Territories or Yukon.
AEX3 -Experience working in a virtual environment.


AK - Knowledge of social media platforms and the Government of Canada Directive on the Management of Communications.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance - Medical clearance: The incumbent and their dependents (including spouse or common law partner and children) may be required to obtain Health Canada medical clearance in accordance with the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate candidates.

All information pertaining to this process will be sent by e-mail and/or will be indicated in your Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) account. Candidates who participate in this selection process must include an electronic e-mail address which accepts e-mails from unknown users (some e-mail systems block this kind of e-mail). It is your responsibility to verify your e-mail and PSRS account on a regular basis for new communication regarding this selection process.

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from time of application to close of process, will be used to evaluate candidates.

Various assessment tools will be used:
  • A written exam will be administered.
  • An interview will be administered.
  • Reference checks will be sought.

You will be required to provide proof of your education credentials at a later date. Foreign educational credentials must be assessed by a recognized credential assessment service. If the candidate has been educated outside of Canada, it is the candidate’s responsibility to have his or her certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian educational standards. Candidates will be required to submit proof of education during the assessment phase of the staffing process. Guidance may be found at the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.



Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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