Competition number 051-2019-EXT-COM

Senior Advisor, Internal Communications


Permanent Full-Time

Closing date

Feb. 10, 2019

Competition status

  • Active: Accepting applications until 11:59 pm MST on the closing date.
  • Screening: Applications are under review.
  • Interviewing: Applicants have been selected for interviews.
  • Closed: A candidate has been selected and/or competition has closed.
  • Ongoing: Accepting applications, which will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
  • Cancelled: The competition has been cancelled.





35 hours per week

Pay range

$84,084 to $105,123 per year

Job Description

The Senior Advisor, Internal Communications, is responsible for establishing and implementing an overarching internal strategy, and for providing a full range of communications services and programs focused on Strathcona County’s internal audiences. The incumbent will lead development and implementation of internal-facing communications plans and programs, designed to build awareness and understanding of County policies, programs and services, and support communications and engagement efforts with employees. The Senior Advisor will contribute to corporate-level, cross-department and internally facing communications initiatives, such as the Business Transformation and People Plan projects.


  • Develop internal communications strategies that support the organization’s prioritized strategic goals and meet the needs of County departments’ internal audiences
  • Act as the lead point of contact for departments that predominantly require internal facing communications
  • Develop a strategy to address the needs of remote and off-site workers
  • Identify and address emerging issues and opportunities where communication activities can contribute to reaching overall County objectives
  • Work with senior leaders to develop and articulate Strathcona County’s position to an internal audience on key issues and opportunities identified
  • Lead development of corporate communications initiatives with an internal focus, and address the needs of the internal audience on wide-reaching externally focused initiatives
  • Assemble the required resources, including team members, to implement and assess effectiveness  of  initiatives developed
  • Mentor staff responsible for providing internal communications services

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to assess multiple – possibly competing – priorities, and to develop an approach that makes best use of the available resource for maximum impact
  • Issues sensitivity; the ability to understand and analyze complex issues and identify communication approaches to address them
  • Strong political acumen – a thorough understanding of the interpersonal and political dynamics that organizational structures create and know how to make things happen within this context
  • A sound understanding of the role of communication principles and practice within an organization
  • The ability to understand and analyze complex issues and identify communication approaches to address them
  • Wide range of writing and editing skills and experience (e.g., storytelling, speech writing, web, leadership  columns)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills – listening, speaking, problem-solving, discretion and tact


  • A degree and seven years’ experience  or diploma and nine years’ experience in Communications, Public Relations or a related discipline
  • Must have experience working in a communications role, with demonstrated expertise and experience in providing internal communications services
  • Experience in facilitation, internal consulting, problem-solving, analytical and systems- thinking skills
  • Change management and supervisory experience would be an asset
  • Government and/or political experience an  asset
  • Experience with strategic  business planning  would be an asset

In addition to providing a dynamic working environment, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.

Competition #051-2019-EXT-COM closes February 10, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Strathcona County. We only contact candidates selected for interviews.

A cover letter must be submitted along with a resume describing the interest in this position.

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