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Jobline: Communications Manager, Nova Scotia Power

Business Unit: Communications Type of Employment: Regular, Full Time Location: Halifax, N.S. Date Posted: 15th March 2019

Nova Scotia Power’s greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety, we’re committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and rewarding jobs to our employees. We’re hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. We are currently looking to fill the position of Communications Manager.

Nova Scotia Power is seeking an experienced communications professional to join its Corporate Communications team as Communications Manager, focused on external audiences. Reporting to NSP’s Director of Corporate Communications, the Communications Manager is the company’s primary media contact and spokesperson. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and executing communications strategies as part of an integrated corporate communications team. This role requires flexibility for after hours work when required and responding to media inquiries. Occasional travel within Nova Scotia will be required.


The responsibilities of the Communications Manager are wide-ranging, including development of communications strategies and plans, issues management, media relations including; conducting interviews, preparing senior executives for media interviews, preparing media summaries and analysis; speech-writing, and reviewing and contributing to regulatory and stakeholder documents. The Communications Manager collaborates daily with key subject matter experts throughout the organization, and other team members focused on internal communications, customer communications, and social media as part of a high-performing team. The Communications Manager plays an integral role on the team every day, and particularly during storm response, when the Communications team provides 24/7 coverage.

Skills, Capabilities and Experience:

The successful candidate will have impeccable oral and written communications skills, with more than seven years’ experience in communications roles, including at least three years as the primary media spokesperson for an organization. Candidates must have experience in front of TV cameras and media scrums. The position requires someone who can multi-task, re-balance priorities on short notice, and perform with confidence and clarity during times of high pressure. As a manager, the role requires exceptional leadership and people management skills. The successful candidate will also have the interpersonal skills to collaborate with everyone from front-line workers and technical experts to members of the executive team. The ability to think strategically, problem solve and make decisions is paramount. Subject matter is often complex and requires advanced capabilities in distilling pertinent information that is relevant for all audiences. Proficient skills on various social media and digital platforms are essential. A degree in Public Relations or Journalism is preferred.

Reports to: Director of Communications & Public Affairs

Form of Application: Click the APPLY button at the end of the online job posting. Complete all required information fields, and copy and paste your cover letter and resume into the online form.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Must Be Received By: All interested candidates should apply no later than 31st March 2019. Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We're committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles.

Normally, unless otherwise requested in advance, the supervisors of internal candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in order to facilitate scheduling of the interviews. The supervisor will maintain the confidentiality of the employee's application.

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