London is Canada’s 11th largest city and the urban hub of Southwestern Ontario, known for offering an exceptional quality of life. The City of London has a vision to be “A leader in commerce, culture and innovation – our region’s connection to the world.” We are searching for a visionary leader who is a strategic thinker and relationship builder to take on this important reputation management role. This is a great career move for a communications professional looking for an opportunity to bring their considerable skills and experience to shape and maintain the image of our municipality and city.
Reporting to the City Manager, the Director, Strategic Communications & Community Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing proactive communication and marketing strategies, defining and promoting the corporate brand, directing all external communications along with engagement with residents, stakeholders and businesses. Managing a team of communication professionals, the Director implements and oversees all communications using both traditional and new media channels, manages media relations, emerging issues, complex stakeholder relations and consistently delivers a compelling story about the City of London.
A seasoned communications professional, the ideal candidate thrives as a leader of change and is energized by the challenge of creating new strategies and forging trusting relationships. Experience working in medium to large-sized organizations that are complex and unionized is preferred. You are adept at working in highly political environments and responding strategically in a crisis situation and stay a step ahead of the media’s messaging. An outstanding relationship builder, the new Director partners with close to 100 services across the City to implement a new communications strategy for engaging citizens. A passion for public service, an understanding of government, and the enthusiasm to build the City’s brand are crucial in this role. Here is your opportunity to have a significant impact and leave a legacy of transforming communications at the City of London.
To explore this opportunity further, please contact Julia Robarts in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office at 416-366-1990 or submit your resume and related information online to http://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/14249