Communications Advisor (parental leave contract)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank whose peer-reviewed research and trusted analysis influence policy makers to innovate. Our global network of multidisciplinary researchers and strategic partnerships provide policy solutions for the digital era with one goal: to improve people’s lives everywhere. 

CIGI has a unique opening for a Communications Advisor. The Advisor is a full-time, 17-month contract position to cover a parental leave. Reporting to the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Advisor is responsible for strategic communications, media relations, public outreach and brand marketing at a regional, national and international level. The position works closely with colleagues in the Public Affairs department, research staff, and CIGI’s global network of fellows and partner organizations to ensure outreach efforts are maximized across all channels.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and proactive communicator with excellent organizational skills who thrives under pressure. A strong self-starter and team player with energy and creativity will flourish in this position.



  • Develop and implement strategic communications plans that build positive awareness of CIGI’s research, experts, publications, events and other initiatives – particularly as it relates to media relations, public relations and marketing
  • Develop and maintain contacts with print, broadcast and online media
  • Identify stories with news value; write, pitch and distribute news releases and media advisories
  • Respond to media requests for expert commentary and coordinate logistics
  • Monitor, analyze and evaluate media coverage, and prepare regular internal reports as required
  • Regularly meet with designated CIGI research and support staff to review upcoming initiatives and proactively identify external public relations opportunities
  • Guide the message development for key speaking opportunities, events and announcements
  • Develop and distribute marketing products including the annual report, brochures, pamphlets and display materials
  • Book advertising space and co-ordinate placement; proofread and edit ad copy
  • Ensure articulation of CIGI’s brand is consistently communicated across the organization in line with the mission, vision and brand strategy
  • Plan and implement internal communications activities including internal messaging from senior executives
  • Work collaboratively with department staff to leverage and support social media, online and multimedia content development and outreach
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Communications and Digital Media



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, knowledge of Canadian Press style, high proficiency in grammar, spelling, sentence structure and rules of composition
  • Strong familiarity with national and international news media and newsroom operations
  • Hands-on experience developing and implementing media and public relations strategies
  • Strong strategic communications planning and campaign delivery experience
  • Good interpersonal skills, both for internal relations and for exceptional customer service, including tact, diplomacy and good judgment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with a second language preferred
  • Proficient use of MS Word and MS Excel
  • Working knowledge of media monitoring and social media applications (e.g., Meltwater, Hootsuite, etc.)
  • Strong proofreading and creative skills, including for reviewing creative concepts and artwork for print and online content
  • Discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive information
  • Detail-oriented and organized. Strong ability to multitask, work independently and under pressure, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Highly motivated and results oriented with a passion for CIGI’s mandate



  • University degree or college diploma, preferably in communications, public relations or journalism, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 – 7 years of professional experience in media relations or communications
  • Candidate must be based full-time in the Waterloo Region and have the ability to travel and work nights or weekends as required by CIGI activities


Interested applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume along with salary expectations by March 14, 2021. We appreciate all candidates’ applications but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIGI is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment. Our goal is to attract and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We are committed to providing accommodation to applicants throughout the recruitment and hiring process.

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Additional Details

Category: Publicity / PR
Centre for International Governance Innovation
67 Erb St W
Waterloo, ON, CA
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Tags: media relations, Meltwater, Hootsuite, news media, knowledge Canadian Press style
Posted: Feb 19, 2021
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Contract
Experience: Intermediate
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