Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs


Canada is our stage

Those four words inform everything we do as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across this great land. We are proud to be a home for many of Canada’s most exciting artists who captivate audiences on our four stages and on our stages across the country.

Job Number: J1117-0376
Job Title: Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Employment Type: Full-Time continuing
Job Category: Executive
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: November 10, 2017
Closing Date: December 4, 2017
Salary: $140,000.00 - $177,000.00/Year
Language Requirement: Bilingual
Working Hours: Full-Time, continuing
Job Reports To: President and Chief Executive Officer

Key Activities

The Executive Director will have extensive contacts in the media world across Canada, a proven track record in developing major public relations and press relations campaigns, as well as experience in managing high-profile assignments. The Executive Director will advance the organization’s positioning locally, nationally and internationally.

Working along one of North America’s strongest artistic leadership teams, the Executive Director, and a small, skilled communications team, will work collaboratively to continue to build the profile and reputation of the NAC throughout Canada and around the world. This position will also serve as Corporate Secretary, working with executives and board members to bring tact, discretion and sound strategic judgment to the role.

The ideal candidate will have a facility in both French and English and a broad-based set of communications expertise including corporate communications, national media relations and social media management. As a member of the NAC’s Senior Management Committee, the Executive Director will report directly to the President and CEO.

Other duties and responsibilities:
• The candidate will work with the highest level of Government on strategic objectives of the National Arts Centre, with experience planning Royal Visits, State Visits, and other Major Events;
• Help drive the ongoing integration of traditional public relations and social media strategies and tactics;
• Serve as spokesperson on media interactions and crisis management;
• Coordinate a well honed special events team for all corporate events; work closely with the Development team for donor events including the NAC Gala and the Governor General Performing Arts Awards;
• Provide mentorship to the publicists assigned to the artistic disciplines;
• Develop community and media partnerships that enhance and grow public awareness and increase potential touch points of the NAC;
• Organize and manage all interviews and public appearances for the CEO, Board Chair, Artistic Directors, Music Director, musicians and guest artists; coach and provide talking points;
• Write all corporate press releases and public statements;
• Oversee translation services for the NAC;
• Writing and editing news releases, presentations.

Skill Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in journalism or similar field of study is preferred;
• The ability to communicate effectively in both official languages is essential;
• Senior level experience in developing effective partnerships with the media, government, the corporate sector and the community;
• The seasoning and confidence to be credible at the senior level of the Centre as well as with the highest levels of federal, provincial and municipal governments;
• Superior editorial, presentation and spokesperson skills;
• Proven track record of establishing and maintaining strong relationships with journalists and online media;
• Experience contributing to social media content strategies;
• Strategic thinker that enjoys fast-paced, dynamic environments that require flexibility and a capability to adapt quickly to change.

Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Executive Director of Human Resources at 613-947-7000 ext 518.

Who Can Apply

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Important Notice

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.