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Jobline: Communications Advisor - Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists

The Communications Advisor is responsible for leading, developing, and implementing effective internal and external communications. On a day-to-day basis, the Communications Advisor is responsible for ensuring the timely and effective development and distribution of communication assets and materials to a variety of internal and external audiences.

The Communications Advisor also plays a key role in helping the College fulfill its strategic plan and responsibilities through engagement with registrants and stakeholders. To achieve this, the Communications Advisor will cultivate trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders, provide trusted communications advice and support, and proactively lead strategic communications initiatives for the College. As a new role within the organization, there is an expectation that the successful candidate will confidently lead relationship building with audiences and all communications initiatives, balanced with ability and openness to collaboration and ongoing professional development.

Duties and responsibilities

Communications strategy planning and Stakeholder relations (30%)

  • Lead the development and execution of the NSCP’s strategic communications plan as a component of the NSCP’s overall strategic plan.

  • Lead and provide effective day to day support and technical advice on communication activities to enhance delivery of NSCP’s communication objectives.

  • Directs and implements communication activities to achieve two-way movement of knowledge between the NSCP and registrants, stakeholders, and the public.

  • Writes and develops professional memos, articles, reports, and presentations.

  • Promotes stakeholder understanding of strategic issues and NSCP decisions, including the development of audience-specific communications materials.

  • Develop and implement communications strategies in line with overarching NSCP’s strategic plan

  • Supports the implementation of registrant and stakeholder engagement strategies. Assists with facilitating and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders, including the development and execution of the NSCP’s government relations plan.

  • Performs other related duties on occasion as assigned by the Policy Development and Research Manager

Internal and external communications (65%)

  • Responsible for developing and assisting with the content and drafting of internal and external communications. These include but are not limited to:

o Registrant communications

o Council communications, including materials for Council meetings

o Annual report

o Media releases

o News stories

o Speeches

o Stakeholder communications/letters

o Social media content

o Bulletin and other key stakeholder facing publications

  • Manages internal and external communications to ensure professionalism and consistency in the presentation of NSCP’s communication aligned to branding and style guidelines

  • Research, write, edit and proofread communication and promotional materials, ensuring messaging is clear, accurate, and approachable and consistent from a brand voice perspective

  • Develop, curate, coordinate and manage NSCP’s communication content across all social media channels

  • Provide leadership in the area of digital communication and proactively keep abreast of current trends

  • Prepare synopses for Council regarding ongoing communication initiatives

  • Enhance public knowledge, understanding and engagement of NSCP’s activities, initiatives and respond to public to support public awareness campaigns

  • Manage media engagement, including developing proactive media engagement plans, responding reactively to requests, preparing key spokespeople for media interviews and monitoring and measurement

  • Develop media advisories and news releases

  • Provide communications expertise and knowledge to support the project work of staff members in program areas across the College

General team support (5%)

  • Assumes other assigned responsibilities by the Registrar as needed to cover for the absence of other staff due to vacations, illness, etc.



  • Strong interest in and/or familiarity of the Nova Scotia health care system

  • Excellent writing/editing and proofreading skills with the ability to think and communicate clearly and create a concise and well-written narrative to engage audiences

  • Exceptional organizational, time management and project management skills to plan, prioritize and coordinate own activities

  • Excellent oral communication/presentation skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge exchange/translation skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong creativity in order to design new communications strategies and formulate novel approaches to solving unique, complex problems

  • Ability to take ownership of your work and are committed to meeting standards for quality, service, and professionalism

  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team

  • High motivation, dedication to detail and accuracy, an ability to observe tight deadlines, multitask and

  • Sound personal and professional judgment

  • Demonstrate a high degree of integrity

  • Substantial computer skills (i.e., Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Internet, Social Media, etc.)


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in public relations, commerce, communications, marketing, or a related field

  • Minimum three-five years’ experience working in professional communications or relevant field

  • Media writing, media relations, editing, and communications planning

  • Experience working with an external communications agency is considered an asset

  • Knowledge of the Nova Scotia healthcare system and provincial health policy is considered an asset

Working conditions

This position requires the incumbent to work in a private office (or in a hybrid environment) at the NSCP with multiple, urgent demands for information/deliverables and business interruptions expected.

Who we are

The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists (NSCP) regulates the practice of pharmacy in Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to maintain standards of practice and professional accountability so that the public can be confident in the care they receive.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $65,000.00-$75,000.00 per year

Schedule: 8-hour shift

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