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Senior Public Affairs Specialist for financial markets regulatory client, downtown Toronto.

Marberg Job Number: 2238.
Job Type: Temporary.
Initial Term: From May 27, 2024 to September 27, 2024, with anticipated longer term extension, subject to client business requirements.
Compensation:  From $52.56 per hour to $63.19 per hour, according to experience.
Recommended Application Date:  Immediately – please note that we are screening and shortlisting Candidates immediately and qualified applications may be contacted same day as date of application.
Regular Work Hours: 7.0 hours per day not including 1 hour unpaid lunch break, to be worked during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (35.0 work hours per week).  Please note that flexible and additional paid hours outside of standard working hours may occasionally be required according to business need.
Work Location: Hybrid – combination of 2 days remote-based and 3 days onsite at client’s downtown Toronto office, on PATH and near TTC station. Please note that the 3 days onsite requirement is mandatory.

Senior Public Affairs Specialist – Responsibilities Summary:
To provide high-quality strategic communications advice and recommendations to organization business partners and executive team, shaping a well-informed communications strategy based on a sound understanding of stakeholder expectations and behaviours. Will produce communications plans consistent with organization’s overall strategic plan and communications objectives, including external communications products focused on complex existing, new and emerging policies and decisions with broad regulatory, economic and social impacts.

  • Effectively represent the organization and its executive leadership to the media, market participants, and other stakeholders in Ontario, across Canada and globally. 
  • Responsible for media relations, including speaking and engaging with national and local journalists, handling media enquiries and media monitoring, and quickly analyzing and reporting on complex subject areas.
  • Handle and respond to media enquiries in a way that protects the integrity and reputation of the organization and its regulated markets. 
  • Produce high quality, technically accurate and concise media products and corporate communications materials for diverse audiences and formats, demonstrating a full understanding of topical issues, risks and developing trends.
  • Monitor traditional and social media, as well as other online information sources, to quickly identify analyze and provide recommendations on risks and opportunities.  Contribute to weekly and special reports and analysis on sector developments and implications.  
  • Anticipate and prepare for emerging issues related to new policy and legislation, providing well-informed advice to management and senior leadership on risk mitigation, anticipated stakeholder reactions, and appropriate communications considerations for a regulatory organization.
  • Work closely with department colleagues to deliver an integrated, multifaceted communications approach on organizational changes, events and initiatives.
  • Additional strategic level public affairs and communications specialist responsibilities as required.

Senior Public Affairs Specialist – Qualifications:    
Education:  Undergraduate Degree in Communications, Journalism or Political Science.  Post graduate education an asset.
Professional Credentials:  Completion of the Canadian Securities Course or similar industry related courses an asset.
Preferred Work Experience:  At least 6+ years of senior media or public affairs experience, including developing corporate communications strategies and materials.
Required Sector Experience:  Financial services and/or government/regulatory environment experience required.

Technical and Language Skills Requirements: 

  • Superior English writing skills, with a strong commitment to generating high quality, technically accurate and concise materials for diverse audiences.
  • Superior English verbal presentation skills suitable for a diverse range of audiences including media and senior leadership.  

Senior Public Affairs Specialist – Task -Based Qualifications and Additional Attributes:     

  • Enjoys a fast-paced, team oriented environment requiring responsiveness, creativity, excellent judgement and commitment to public accountability.  
  • Completely up-to-date and well informed on the news.  Demonstrated current experience managing corporate social media channels.
  • Expert level media relations experience.  Proven experience preparing executives for media interviews, including developing high-quality positioning documents and backgrounders.
  • Financial corporate communications experience, with solid knowledge of the Canadian capital markets and Canadian securities regulatory landscape.
  • Demonstrated record of professional conduct and character. Responsible, reliable and works to deadlines. 
  • Proficient de-escalation skills.  Ability to surmount internal and external job pressures.  Excellent listening skills, and the ability to provide and receive effective feedback.  
  • Proven ability to respond to sensitive and confidential matters with tact, discretion, and excellent judgement in the interpretation and application of instructions and organization policy.
  • Strong relationship management skills including client and vendor relations management, business networking, negotiation, change management and consulting/advisory skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively, and in an advisory capacity, and liaise effectively with a wide and diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated successful experience of prioritizing work, making decisions and communicating with others within a values framework of respect, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusivity.

Additional Requirements:    

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada, providing satisfactory documentation upon request.
  • Ability to work both remotely and onsite, abiding by organization health and safety policies.
  • Ability to work paid overtime hours in addition to regular shift, including last minute and non-standard hours as required.
  • Ability to declare personal Non-Conflict of Interest in execution of assignment responsibilities.
  • Ability to complete a satisfactory Provincial Government security check, including a Fingerprint Check, prior to assignment start. Please note that Marberg will reimburse for the cost of the security checks upon confirmation of assignment start and submission of approved expense receipts.
  • Ability to promptly provide 3 qualified employment references upon request who are available to speak with either Marberg or Marberg’s client.
  • Provision of certification of AODA and OHSA online training course completion prior to assignment start.
  • Additional satisfactory Background Checks, Technical Skills Evaluations, and Employment References as required.

We thank all applicants for their interest but wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note that Marberg Staffing updates job posts regularly, and external job boards may not reflect these changes in a timely fashion. Please refer to https://marberg.com/career-portal for the most current information including salary range.

Please note that for this position, Marberg Staffing only accepts applications through LinkedIn and marberg.com.

Candidates are only contacted via official phone call or email from Marberg Staffing. Please disregard any initial contact through other mediums such as text message or social media.

Marberg is committed to supporting workplace diversity and inclusivity, to reflect the demographic profile of all Ontarians.  Applications are encouraged from equity seeking groups including people of colour, Indigenous people, individuals with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ2S community.

Job ID: 2238

Location: Canada Ontario Toronto

Category: Communications and Marketing, Government

Salary: Hourly Rate

Hourly Rate: $52.56 per hour to $63.19

Responsibilities

To provide high-quality strategic communications advice and recommendations to organization business partners and executive team, shaping a well-informed communications strategy based on a sound understanding of stakeholder expectations and behaviours. Will produce communications plans consistent with organization’s overall strategic plan and communications objectives, including external communications products focused on complex existing, new and emerging policies and decisions with broad regulatory, economic and social impacts.



Qualifications

Education:  Undergraduate Degree in Communications, Journalism or Political Science.  Post graduate education an asset.
Professional Credentials:  Completion of the Canadian Securities Course or similar industry related courses an asset.
Preferred Work Experience:  At least 6+ years of senior media or public affairs experience, including developing corporate communications strategies and materials.
Required Sector Experience:  Financial services and/or government/regulatory environment experience required.

Number Of Positions 1

Pay Rate 53.26

Date Updated 05/04/2024

Status New

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