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Your Opportunity:

Alberta Health Services' Community Engagement & Communications team is seeking a fulltime Communications Manager for the Central Zone Communications team. You will join our Central Zone Communications team and work with other teams throughout the Community Engagement and Communications department and organization to strategically manage issues, develop and implement communications and proactive media pitches from a variety of program areas, and deliver guidance to assigned portfolios. The Manager will have responsibility for actively identifying and mitigating challenges that may arise through issues management, as well as implementing proactive engagement and collaboration when opportunity presents. Responsible for planning and delivering strategic communications to key portfolios within the Zone and on a provincial level, this role will work on high-profile projects like Connect Care, redevelopment of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and Public Health. Additionally, as the primary back up to the Central Zone Director, this position must maintain critical relationships with a significant number of internal and external leaders and partners, as well as with media and government partners. Ongoing collaboration with, and support of, other members of the Central Zone team is part of day-to-day routine.


As a communications manager you will: Identify and manage risks associated with the Zone programs, sites and services. Provide and lead both proactive and reactive issues management addressing emergency and unanticipated internal or external communication challenges. Develop and implement strategic communications plans of complex and advanced nature. Develop key messaging, briefing notes, speaking notes, etc., in consultation with key stakeholders (both internal and external, including government). Manage media requests and coverage, including identifying appropriate spokespeople, preparing spokespersons for media, arranging venues and events. Identify, develop and maintain critical relationships with AHS senior leaders and managers, media, community partners and public Collaborates with Community Engagement and supports their efforts within the Zone for regular interaction with key external partners including but not limited to Indigenous leaders and communities, post-secondary partners, Covenant Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority, RCMP, municipalities, Chambers of Commerce and school boards. Develop and implement proactive communications, including media releases and pitches, for a variety of programs and health initiatives. Advise and consult with program leaders, staff, and physicians on communications opportunities and challenges. Ensure the alignment, integration and coordination of communication efforts that advance the brand, image and reputation of AHS at a corporate, provincial and Zone level Act on behalf of the Central Zone Communications Director as required.

  • Classification: Manager
  • Union: Exempt
  • Unit and Program: Communications - Central Zone
  • Primary Location: AHS Michener Bend
  • Negotiable Location: Provincial
  • Employee Class: Regular Full Time
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 07-JUN-2022
  • Date Available: 08-AUG-2022
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $40.32
  • Maximum Salary: $69.09
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable
Required Qualifications:

Diploma or degree in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism. At a minimum, 7 years of internal/external communications experience. Two of more years supervisory experience in a Communications or similar field. A demonstrated pattern of professional and personal development.

Additional Required Qualifications :

Applicants must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills as well as the following competences: Superior organizational, interpersonal and time management skills. Ability to develop solutions and work both independently and collaboratively at a management level with minimal direction. Ability to comprehend and translate complex processes, issues and terminology. Issues management and media experience. Confidence and ability to give advice to senior leaders and physicians. Strong diplomacy and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to work with confidential, sensitive information in a changing environment. Demonstrates grace under pressure, humour in the face of deadlines and patience from day to day.

Preferred Qualifications :

Five or more years progressive experience in healthcare. Experience and understanding of health systems and government structures preferred.

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