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Senior Communications Advisor

Reference number: DUS22J-022909-000152
Selection process number: 22-DUS-NCR-EA-420840


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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) - Competition Bureau - Public Affairs and Outreach, Competition Promotion Branch
Gatineau (Québec)
$95,209 to $102,712

Competition Bureau Canada

Closing date: 13 May 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

The Competition Bureau is looking for action-oriented communicators to join our team to help us tell our story. We have two (2) positions to fill at the IS-05 level.

Looking for a unique opportunity to lead media outreach activities in a growing organization? We are staffing a new position and it offers a great opportunity to explore fresh approaches to boost our engagement with the public.

If focusing on providing strategic communications advice and support to our experts and investigators appeals to you, we have a place for you too.


The media relations/social media position is responsible for:

• managing the Competition Bureau’s media relations, media monitoring and social media activities;
• developing media and social media strategies and providing advice to senior management;
• supervising a team of communications advisors;
• developing, implementing and analyzing the performance of large-scale social media campaigns;
• evaluating and reporting on results of communications campaigns.

The Senior Communications Advisor position is responsible for:

• providing strategic communications advice to departmental clients and senior management;
• developing and implementing communications strategies and measuring their success;
• drafting and editing communications plans and products, such as key messages, articles, news releases and web content;
• supervisory duties (to be determined based on operational needs).

Work environment

The Competition Bureau is an independent, high-impact federal agency headquartered in Gatineau.

We investigate anti-competitive behaviour and promote competition and compliance in the marketplace. Our key areas of focus include monopolistic practices, merger reviews, bid-rigging, and deceptive marketing practices.

We are developing what the future of work looks like for our employees. This will include flexible hours, remote work or a hybrid model of remote work and being in the office, depending on the position and operational requirements.

In addition to flexible arrangements and remote work, we offer:
• Training opportunities
• Job security and career mobility
• A working environment that supports work-life balance
• Pay, pension and benefits

The Competition Bureau is a part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). ISED is proud to be named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers 2022, National Capital Region’s Top Employer 2022, and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2022. These awards recognize Canadian employers with exceptional human resources programs, forward-thinking workplace policies, and exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

ISED’s goal is to transition to a hybrid work environment where we can enjoy flexibility, bring people together to create a healthy and inclusive workplace, and fulfill our operational requirements.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! Apply today!

Intent of the process

The intent of this selection process is to staff two (2) positions on an indeterminate basis. A pool of qualified candidates may be established to staff similar positions with various language requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, term, deployment, acting, secondment or assignment) within Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Please provide a brief overview of your education and experience by highlighting key achievements as it relates to the essential and asset qualifications."

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

- A degree* from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in public relations, social media, communications, journalism, or similar relevant field.

*Degree: A baccalaureate or higher level degree, as established by educational authorities.

Note: At the manager’s discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, may serve as an alternative to the minimum education standard.

Degree equivalency

- Recent* and extensive** experience in providing strategic communications advice to clients and senior management.

- Recent* and extensive** experience drafting and editing communications plans and products, such as key messages, media responses, social media content, articles, news releases and web content.

- Extensive** experience in developing and implementing communications strategies.

- Experience measuring and evaluating the results of communications campaigns.

*Recent: within the last five (5) years.
**Extensive: At least three (3) years’ experience.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual - Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

- Knowledge of the Competition Bureau and its mandate.
- Knowledge of current trends in communication methods and practices.
- Knowledge of the latest trends in social media.

- Ability to analyze clients’ needs, evaluate options and offer strategic advice.
- Ability to manage projects and multiple requests.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

- Creative thinker and problem solver
- Judgement
- Client service orientation
- Effective teamwork

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


- Recent* experience in media relations, including developing and implementing media relations strategies.

- Recent* experience managing social media accounts for an organization.

- Experience managing projects, such as special events, internal events or media briefings.

- Experience in digital communications monitoring, analysis, performance measurement and reporting.

- Experience managing high-visibility issues.

- Experience supervising the work of employees.

*Recent is defined as experience acquired in the last three (3) years.

- Knowledge of social media analytics and reporting tools.

At ISED, diversity is our strength. If you are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a visible minority, please let us know by completing the Employment Equity (EE) section in your application. Appointments of members of these EE groups ensure our workforce is inclusive and representative of the Canadian public we serve.

Information on employment equity

- Ability to work overtime on short notice.
- Ability and willingness to work from home may be required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - This factor is not used at the screening stage. The department is responsible for the security clearance process.

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Depending on the number of applicants and our staffing needs, we may need to use volume management strategies such as random selection, application of one (1) or more assets, top-down approach, and/or cut-off scores for the purpose of managing applications. Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process.

Interviews may be conducted.

References may be conducted.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required; Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

If you are not able to apply online, please contact the person below for assistance.

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status.

The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Mireille Bourgoin, Human Resources Advisor
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