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Communications Specialist

Organization Name: eHealth Saskatchewan
Position Title: Communications Specialist
Location: Regina
Position Term: Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: 27-May-2018


Employment Type: Permanent Full-time 

Location(s): SK--Regina and Area-Regina 
Salary Range: $31.967 - $40.058 Hourly 

Who is eHealth Saskatchewan? 
eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation made up of a number of different business areas that all share the same overall mission to support and improve health care in Saskatchewan. eHealth’s Information Technology (IT) team has been mandated by the Province to lead the consolidation of all IT services as part of the amalgamation of all 12 former health regions into the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). eHealth is taking a provincially managed, locally delivered approach in setting up a single provincial IT service that supports the delivery of health care throughout the province. Later this year, eHealth will assume responsibility for IT services for the SHA. eHealth also collects, combines, stores and manages the electronic health records of Saskatchewan people. 

We manage a variety of programs and services that give health care providers secure electronic access to important patient information, such as laboratory results, medical imaging reports, medications, immunizations, prescriptions and hospital visits, from anywhere in the province. Quick and easy access to health information means better overall care for patients. Health Registries and Vital Statistics also fall under eHealth. Residents can apply for, update or replace a Saskatchewan Health Card for insured health services and order birth, death, marriage and genealogy certificates. eHealth also processes applications for legal name changes and changes of sex designation. 

The Communications Specialist role 
This position reports directly to the Director, Communications. Working in this type of environment calls for very strong written and verbal communication skills to establish and maintain effective working and public relationships. As a member of the communications team, you will provide leadership and guidance to other departments on communication related topics. Various departments and executive members will look to you to provide communication strategies to support initiatives and priorities that will fit the business needs of eHealth Saskatchewan. With your communications knowledge, you will recognize organizational and communication opportunities, identify audiences, and determine the best way to deliver information to diverse groups. You will engage in media relations, create and edit various communication mediums, have knowledge in digital tools such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and develop new content for communication activities such as web pages, blogs, etc. 

As you can imagine, the successful candidate for this role will be someone who understands strategic communications planning and measurement, communication principles, has exceptional written skills, is creative and tech savvy. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal communication skills to build relationships and advise on many business needs and also be able to prioritize work, be flexible and balance competing workloads and deadlines. 

This position also requires: 
  • Strong attention to detail, with exceptional written and editing skills 
  • Ability to communicate with different mediums to various audiences 
  • Strong research and analytical skills 
  • Exceptional time management, prioritization and organizational skills 
  • Innovative and creative thinking 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively with different individuals or groups 
Typically, the knowledge and skills required for this position would be attained through the completion of a post-secondary degree in Communications, Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations or equivalent. An understanding of government decision-making processes, and prior years of experience in the communications field would be a definite asset. 

This position requires: 
  • Knowledge of strategic communications planning and measurement 
  • Knowledge of communication industry trends, best practices and standards 
  • Ability to research, scan and monitor public and stakeholders to foresee opportunities and issues 
  • Knowledge of media relations 
  • Ability to write communication materials such as new releases, key messages, briefing notes, speaking notes, print and online copy
  • Knowledgeable of social media tools and how to use them 
If this role sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for to challenge yourself and showcase your abilities – we would love to hear from you.

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