Senior Communications Advisor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Job ID: 22762
Salary: $104,910 - $125,307
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Oct 11, 2022

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

You will play a key role in providing direct communciations advice and support to Cabinet Ministers and their offices.  This advice and support will come in a variety of forms and includes providing strategic communications advice and issues management support, managing and planning media relations, drafting and editing speeches and speaking notes, and planning social media content.

Your work environment is complex in terms of stakeholders and subject matter, with many moving parts. To be succcessful, you will have a thorough knowledge of the North's socio-economic, cultural and political environment, and must have a some understanding of government policy and operations. You will also be great at networking and building effective relationships, as well as be able to develop communication plans. Typically, you would have a degree in communications, public relations, political science, public administration or a relevant field, and five to seven years of progressive communications experience.

The Government of the Northwest Territories offers a competitive salary, an annual northern living allowance, a generous defined benefit pension plan, annual leave including the option for deferred leave, and health/dental benefits. For more information, please visit our benefits page: The GNWT will also provide relocation assistance, if needed, to the successful candidate.

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GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

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.

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22762

Closing Date: October 11, 2022 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.80 per hour to $64.26 per hour (approximately $104,910 - $125,307) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.