Strategic Lead, Communications Operations

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Job ID: 16827
Salary: $119,028 - $142,175
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Apr 26, 2019

Department Information

The Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs works to provide overall management and direction to the Executive branch of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Department is responsible for:  coordinating and supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives and actions in support of cross-government goals The Department is responsible for ensuring mutually respectful intergovernmental relations between the territorial government and Aboriginal, provincial, territorial and national and international governments are maintained; along with negotiating and implementing land, resources And self-government agreements that address Aboriginal rights in the Northwest Territories.

Job Information

The Strategic Lead, Communications Operations provides objective analysis and broad policy and strategic advice on government-wide communications priorities, strategies and initiatives, and provides research and policy analysis support to the operations of Corporate Communications. The Strategic Lead, Communications Operations provides advice directly to the Director, Corporate Communications.

The Strategic Lead, Communications Operations is also expected to provide departments and senior managers across government with independent strategic advice on communications plans and initiatives that have broad cross-departmental implications. Additionally, the Strategic Lead, Communications Operations provides leadership, guidance and advice to the Creative Services Unit.

Corporate Communications has the responsibility for delivering a GNWT corporate communications program that integrates the work of all government departments. Corporate Communications provides broad operational communications advice and support across government and promotes an integrated corporate approach to communications.

Through the Communications Planning Process, Corporate Communications along with Cabinet Communications, reviews and assesses proposed communications initiatives of submissions to Executive Council and Financial Management Board. As well, Corporate Communications plays a role in coordinating emergency communications within the GNWT.

The Strategic Lead plays a critical role in the operation of Corporate Communications by functioning as an effective advocate in advancing GNWT interests; providing expert advice and counsel on strategic communications policy and planning issues; supporting the development, implementation and reporting of the GNWT Strategic and Operational Communications plans; and helping to coordinate communications and public opinion research on behalf of GNWT.

Although overall strategic and operational communications planning are the joint responsibility of the Directors of Corporate and Cabinet Communications, the scope and quality of research, analysis and advice on strategic issues are significantly impacted by this position. The results of the Strategic Lead's activities are externally focused and impact many areas within government. Further, the research, analysis and advice provided by this position may have considerable impact on government planning and government-wide positions on strategic issues. The Strategic Lead's actions have an impact on facilitating service delivery, informing decision-making, and building accountability and trust in government.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Completion of a degree in Communications, Public Relations or another relevant field (i.e. Journalism, Public Administration), eight years' experience working at a senior level in the field of communications, preferably in a public sector environment, and five years of management experience. Equivalencies will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

More Information

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16827         

Closing Date: April 26, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $61.04 per hour to $72.91 per hour (approximately $119,028 - $142,175) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.