Director, Strategic Communications

Company: New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization
Position Title: Director, Strategic Communications
Location: Remote, anywhere in Canada
Type: Full Time
Salary Range: Interested candidates are asked to supply a statement that details salary expectations for the role.


Reporting to the Vice-President, Communications & External Relations, the Director of Strategic Communications is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of communications plans and strategies for the purpose of promoting NDRIO and contributing to its strategic positioning with target audiences; and for the development of policies, guidelines, standards, and performance metrics to provide support, advice and guidance in the delivery of communications services. The plan and its execution will be guided by the organization’s strategic vision and objectives and will position NDRIO as a dynamic, innovative research support organization.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, motivated professional looking to innovate new and effective means of communicating with stakeholders and who can link activities and tactics to organizational objectives. The Director will thrive in a collaborative and cooperative environment with colleagues while driving projects independently. An exceptional attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently will be essential, as well as the ability to work in English and French.


  • Develop and implement annual communications plans and strategies that align with and support the organization’s strategic plan and corporate priorities;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate corporate communication initiatives and projects in digital and social media, media relations, sponsorship, internal and external communications, along with corporate events and consultations for the purpose of supporting specific communication objectives;
  • Stay abreast of emerging issues pertinent to NDRIO, and develop and implement policies, procedures and key messaging supporting effective crisis communications and issues management;
  • Provide communications counsel to the CEO and the senior management team on communications issues that have a significant impact on establishing and/​or maintaining a positive reputation for the organization;
  • Direct and coordinate publications and editorial services including the organization’s annual report, corporate plan, website, writing services and translations;
  • As a primary point of contact, manage media relations, ensuring that NDRIO stories receive fair representation and coverage; coordinating news conferences and news releases; undertaking media monitoring and analyses as needed, and acting as spokesperson; 
  • Direct the updating and maintenance of NDRIO’s website and social media channels and coordinate content with the goal of keeping it current and relevant to NDRIO’s stakeholders, scientific community, partners and the general public;
  • Establish and maintain dynamic relationships and solid networks with communications counterparts in the DRI network, government, and other key stakeholder groups for the purpose of coordination, creation of synergies, and maximizing communication efforts;
  • Develop, track and report on metrics as they relate to the impact of NDRIO’s communications efforts;
  • Prepare briefing notes and/​or presentations for Board of Directors and senior management meetings, for purposes of providing input, advice and reporting on strategies, initiatives and approaches related to the assigned communications activities and initiatives;
  • Plan effective use of the material, financial and human resources available to accomplish the assigned communication initiatives in accordance with NDRIO’s policies and guidelines;
  • Provide and prepare input to the budgeting, accounting, planning, reporting and evaluation initiatives and processes of assigned projects and initiatives;
  • Strong change management and project management capabilities;
  • Commitment to continuous learning on equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Undertake other duties, as assigned by the Vice President, Communications and External Relations.


  • University graduate degree or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, marketing, political science, journalism or other relevant field of study;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience in developing and implementing complex communications plans and strategies and generating communication products;
  • Minimum of three years of experience leading a team of communications practitioners;
  • Well-versed in all forms of organizational communications, including creative design and printing, social media, branding, marketing, public relations;
  • Significant familiarity and facility with digital media including video, social media, and web communications;
  • Experience in managing small- and large-scale projects (delivery of results on time and on budget) including work planning and coordination;
  • Functional ability in English and French is essential;
  • Experience in non-profit, digital research infrastructure, technology and/​or post-secondary education is an asset.


  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills (including strong presentation skills);
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective working relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders;
  • Possess strong computer skills, including knowledge/​experience with Microsoft Office, including Teams;
  • Ability to work in high-pressure work environments, with competing priorities, and under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to thrive in a permanently remote, work-from-home environment;
  • Ability to provide critical analysis and recommendations of proposed communications and policy opportunities from a variety of perspectives; 
  • A strong and inclusive team leader.

To apply, please send your resume and covering letter with the subject line Director, Strategic Communications to HR-​RH@​engagedri.​ca. Please also supply a statement that details your salary expectations for the role. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply not later than Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

NDRIO is committed to ensuring it is inclusive and representative of the diversity of Canadian society in the adoption of services it provides, in programs it runs, in its engagement with stakeholders, and in its own organization. As such, NDRIO subscribes to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and is an equal opportunity employer.