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The Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) was created to prepare and empower the Manitoba economy to leverage digital disruption for success. Our focus is primarily on stewarding Manitoba's digital agriculture industry. Through our various projects, we work with industry and academia to accelerate the adoption of intelligent technologies and to provide people with the skills and training required in a digital economy.

EMILI is an industry-led, non-profit organization with a mix of government and industry funding. We are a team of about 15 people and operate in a hybrid environment with remote work and access to office space as required. We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

About the Position

We are seeking an experienced communicator to take on the role of Manager of Communications at EMILI. In this role, you will be responsible for the management of EMILI's public communications. You will help develop and refine the EMILI brand, and manage strategic communications through multiple channels to advance EMILI's mandate.

Portfolio of Responsibility

The position will be responsible for:

  • Championing the stewardship of EMILI's brand, including developing and maintaining brand and communications standards and assets for internal use

Managing EMILI's online presence, including EMILI website, content on third-party websites and systems, newsletters, social media, press releases

Developing and disseminating public-facing communications on EMILI's activities and achievements as well as those of our project partners

Strategically catering EMILI's communications considering EMILI's value proposition for various key audiences

Management functions for the portfolio including employee supervision, budgetary oversight, vendor relations, and responsibility for procurement of third party services relating to marketing and communications

More about the Role

The Manager of Communications will be supported by one direct report who, in addition to supporting communications, performs other functions within the organization. Your direct report's focus on supporting communications will average approximately 0.75 FTE.

Our ideal Manager of Communications has a strategic mindset but is also capable of successful implementation of such strategies.

As this is a new role designed to expand EMILI's current communications and marketing capacity, we require you to be a self-starter who can work independently.

While it would help to have some background on the work EMILI does, you do not have advanced knowledge of digital agriculture. We instead expect that you will use your advanced competency in communications, marketing and relationship-building and work with colleagues in technical roles to harness their subject-matter expertise when needed.

In this role, it will be important to utilize varied methods (e.g. storytelling, infographics, social media posts, press releases, reports etc.) as appropriate to make abstract or technically-complicated concepts understandable to EMILI's diverse audiences. It will also be important to demonstrate a value proposition of EMILI specific to the audience being targeted by communications (e.g. government, industry, general public).

This role will focus specifically on external communications, internal (employee) communications on behalf of the organization are managed within our Human Resources function.

As part of a small team, all employees as EMILI are required to take on other duties as assigned.


Bachelor degree in a relevant field required (more advanced credential is an asset)

Minimum 5 years relevant progressive experience in communications required

Minimum 2 years people-management experience required

Evidence of advanced writing proficiency is essential

Financial/budgetary management experience an asset

Intermediate graphic design experience an asset

Experience managing relationships with third-party marketing/communications vendors required (e.g. photographers, videographers, website developers, graphic designers)

Experience working in a remote role / distributed team environment an asset

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning in field of expertise

Demonstrated emotional intelligence and political acumen

Ability to work from home required

Drivers license and access to a vehicle required, as some of our events and operations occur in rural areas of Manitoba

Full vaccination against COVID-19 (or valid government exemption) is required, as this is a requirement for access to many of our partner venues

Experience working with any of the following sectors is an asset:

Non-profit/industry organizations

Government-funded projects

Agriculture/agri-foods industry

Advanced manufacturing industry

Natural sciences / biosciences industry

Technology industry

Application Process

To be considered for this position, submit a resume and cover letter via the jobs portal by June 12, 2022.

Candidates are encouraged to apply early as shortlisted applicants may be advanced to interview before the close of applications. Start date is flexible.

Cover letters can be addressed to Jacqueline Keena, Managing Director.

Applicants are encouraged to share examples of past work, which may be a significant factor in the shortlisting process. To share examples, you may include hyperlinks in your cover letter and/or append the relevant content to your cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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