The Communications Strategist is responsible for creating and managing the agency’s internal, external, and online communications. They collaborate with staff, and build inspiring communications strategies, plans and content to support program, project, and public relations needs. They collaborate with artists, arts organizations and audiences to profile stories from the arts in celebration of the vibrancy of our arts community and the impact of SK Arts’ support on the province’s arts ecology and the life and culture of our province.

The selected candidate has superior research, writing, editing, presentation, and analytical skills, and has a solid relationship with the media. They have the capacity to think strategically and have a reputation for composing engaging and accurate content. They are a resourceful team play and have demonstrated the ability to lead a broad range of communications and public relations initiatives and develop and implement relevant tools.

The Communications Strategist reports to the agency’s Chief Executive Officer. Their work is undertaken both in an office and in the field, and in a unionized environment. Intermittent travel and occasional irregular hours of work are required. The Communications Strategist manages their portfolio and time within a monthly allocation of hours. A full position description is attached.

Employment Type:              Full time, Permanent, In-Scope, Field

Salary Range:                      $6,231.98 to $7,292.59 monthly (5 steps)

                                              $74,783.76 to $87,511.08 annually

                                              (Pay Band 10, SK Arts/SGEU Collective Agreement, 2016 to 2022)

Employment Location:       Regina, Saskatchewan

Start Date:                           As Soon As Possible Based on Candidate Availability

Applications must include:

A current resumé and cover letter that reference the Job Description, demonstrate how you qualify for this position, and fully describe how you achieved the Knowledge and Experience that indicate you can successfully perform the Key Responsibilities AND a brief sample of your writing (topic of your choice) appropriate for e-newsletter article or short website article (300-500 words)

Application deadline:          Friday, September 9, 2022, at 4:30 pm. (Saskatchewan time zone)

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ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

SK Arts provides funding and support to the arts for the benefit of all people in Saskatchewan. The agency offers grants, programs and services to individuals and groups whose activities have an impact on the arts in Saskatchewan and ensure that opportunities exist for Saskatchewan residents to experience all art forms.

SK Arts considers equity, diversity, and inclusion as advantages and strengths that enhance our perspective, strengthen our work, and contribute to our innovation.

 

POSITION PURPOSE AND IMPACT

The Communications Strategist works in an environment that is mission- and results-driven and community-oriented. The position is integral to the implementation of SK Arts’ strategic plan and primary organizational objectives and contributes to public recognition of SK Arts as an organization that is shaped by the creative strengths and diversity of the province’s artists, arts organizations, and arts community.

The Communications Strategist provides leadership, expertise and integrity that advance an inspiring communications strategy and plan which profile the strength of SK Arts and its work. This individual is an ambassador for SK Arts. They will tell stories internally, externally and online from artists, arts organizations and communities in celebration of the vibrancy of the arts in Saskatchewan and the impact SK Arts’ support has on the arts ecology and the life and culture of our province.

The Communications Strategist has exceptional writing and analytical skills, composes engaging and accurate content, and has solid relationships with the media. They lead a broad range of communications and public relations initiatives and the development and implementation of tools that support the programs and strategic direction of SK Arts.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Communications Strategist reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and works collaboratively with other SK Arts staff members.

This is a full-time, permanent position based in Regina.

The Communication Strategist’s duties are accomplished in both an office and in the field, and in a unionized environment. This individual manages their portfolio and time within a monthly allocation of hours. Intermittent travel and occasional irregular hours of work are required. Matters related to working conditions, hours of work and wage scales are determined by SK Arts and described in the Saskatchewan Arts Board/SGEU Collective Agreement.

Conditions of employment include submission of a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications Strategy and Leadership

  • Research, plan, develop and write and execute a cohesive communications strategy, through collaboration with the agency’s CEO, that enhances awareness of the agency and its work, and profiles the achievements and resourcefulness of the province’s artists and arts organizations.
  • Build and write a public relations plan, crafting outreach that will extend and enhance the agency’s messages and profile, and ensures quality control of all released information.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to ensure the communications strategy, plan and tactics, and public relations and marketing initiatives are aligned with the agency’s strategic and business plans.
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall communications strategy and plan, initiatives and priorities and provide written reports to the agency’s leadership on results, impact on target audiences, challenges, failures, success of the communications, public relations, marketing, advocacy, and awareness-building activities.
  • Advise the agency’s leadership and make informed recommendations on communications policy and strategies, requirements, opportunities, initiatives, and issues.
  • Cultivate an environment of readiness through a proven ability to preemptively identify and plan for risks and threats by collaborating with the CEO to write and execute rapid response communications that are used to respond to a crisis.

Communications Development and Management

  • Develop, write, and edit all content for communications materials, including planning documents, external and internal communications, various reports (including an annual year-end report), content for online and print publications, e-newsletters, website and social media content, press releases, blog posts, other e-communication vehicles (e.g., Mail Chimp). Ensure all content is accurate and accessible as required.
  • Research, develop, write, manage and evaluate the agency’s varied and integrated external communications products and services including specific campaigns, marketing tools, and public relations materials.
  • Support the agency’s programs and services and respond to identified changes in the arts ecosystem by collaborating with SK Arts staff and through those collaborations identify, write, and implement and distribute program information and related communications content and other materials, and strengthen internal relationships.
  • Exercise judgement to prioritize media opportunities, and write press releases, talking points, speeches, presentations and required support material, and to present story proposals to the media or to post stories on social media.
  • Collaborate with SK Arts staff to plan and deliver the Saskatchewan Arts Awards event; write content for required documents, consult with the public about nomination procedures; oversee the nomination process and review panel selection of award recipients; build relationships with and assist all award recipients through the requirements; oversee the planning, creation and timely delivery of all print material, video shorts and other media materials.
  • Lead or participate in the planning and implementation of public events or other special events and oversee the associated creation and production of all communications and public relations requirements.
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of special events and public program announcements.
  • Manage and participate in advisory processes, committees and/or focus groups that solicit advice from artists, communities and the public about SK Arts programs and services.
  • Speak at targeted events, conferences, seminars, and workshops to deliver requested messages or, through attendance, to build awareness of the agency and its programs and services.
  • Strengthen internal communications with SK Arts staff to ensure they are briefed on upcoming communications initiatives and key messages.
  • Develop and execute special projects, as assigned.
  • Build relationships with members of the media, thought leaders, communications professionals, government officials, artists working in all art forms, and leaders working on the front lines in arts organizations.
  • Seek out and secure interviews and appearances for key SK Arts leadership on podcasts and other key media channels such as YouTube.
  • Identify unexplored communications opportunities in the communities across the province and work with the agency’s leadership to find new openings for building effective internal communications that will help build a stronger team.
  • Research emerging trends in communications (including those of other arts funding bodies) and assess the relevance and potential application of successful strategies and tactics.
  • Respond to public enquiries regarding SK Arts programs and services

Communications Operations

  • Prepare and manage the agency’s communications budget, oversee communications-related procurement requirements, and maintain successful relationships with suppliers.
  • Maintain an ongoing relationship with a contracted external agency to ensure the continued production of favourable brand materials, signage, and publications; and work with an independent third party to maintain the ongoing operation of the agency’s website.
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function.
  • Promote a culture of high performance for communications and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post secondary education in communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field supplemented by a minimum of five years’ experience working in communications within an organization, agency, or government body.
  • Extensive knowledge of communications theories, principles, and practices and knowledge of Canadian Press Style.
  • Expertise with digital and social media engagement and communications platforms and tools; significant experience in the use of computer software applications, website content management systems (e.g., Joomla!) social media platforms, and specialized communications software applications.
  • Substantive track record of working with senior leadership in an organization and creating and implementing successful communications strategies, initiatives, and tactics with the proven capacity to connect current issues to organizational goals and apply knowledge requirements to further communications objectives.
  • Superior research, analytical, writing, editing and presentation skills with a demonstrated capacity to think strategically and connect current issues to organizational goals and experience, manage projects, write content that engages, and communicate and collaborate in ways that translate across lines of difference and with varied audiences and that convince, convey information, build support, educate, promote understanding, and overcome challenges.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, accurately comprehend, appropriately respond clearly and sensitively, and collaborate with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Highly resourceful team player with the ability to handle confidential information with discretion, and to work independently (even with minimal direction) as well as collaboratively to plan and carry out assignments in an effective, organized, and timely manner with excellent attention to detail, especially when planning and managing multiple jobs at once and during periods of heavy workload.
  • Recognized ability to produce positive results, to ensure achievement of performance targets, and to resolve problems and issues appropriately within established timelines.
  • High level of integrity, professionalism and diplomacy with leadership skills that motivate and inspire a culture of high performance.

Assets

  • Membership in the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) or Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).
  • Knowledge of SK Arts, its mission, and current programs.
  • Education or work experience in, or knowledge of the arts in Saskatchewan.
  • Understanding of the role of a Board of Directors, Board governance, and Board/management relationships.
  • Knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous, Métis, newcomer, and BIPOC populations and/or peoples from other equity-seeking communities.
  • Fluency in French (both oral and written) or the language of a Saskatchewan Indigenous group.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.