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Due to recent organizational restructuring and an impending parental leave, APEGS is seeking two experienced communications and public relations professionals to join the team. You will contribute to developing and maintaining the reputation of APEGS as a sound, professional regulator of the engineering and geoscience professions in Saskatchewan. The outputs you produce will be relied on, seen, and utilized by internal employees, applicants, over 15,000 APEGS registrants, and external stakeholders, with the overall regulatory purpose of protecting the public.
- One position is suited perfectly for a seasoned communications professional seeking a short-term (16 to 18 month) opportunity to make a meaningful difference by building, modernizing and implementing impactful strategies.
- The second position is a permanent, full-time position. It comes with all the benefits of the temporary position and will be of interest to professionals seeking a new opportunity to play a vital long-term role in bringing a multi-year strategic communications plan to life.
Your qualifications and experience will align with a market-competitive salary range that starts at $78,000, supplemented with a comprehensive benefits program as part of the APEGS Total Rewards offering. Both positions report to the Director of Communications and Public Relations.
- In alignment with the strategic direction and operations plans of APEGS, provide input into the design and implementation of the strategic communications plan and associated programs.
- Manage existing communications and public relations programs and develop and implement new communications tools and tactics as required.
- Collaborate with, and direct as needed, third-party service providers to ensure expected deliverables meet APEGS expectations relative to scope and size, quality, deadlines, and efficiency
- Deliver in-house communications services or solutions in areas requiring professional communication expertise (e.g. digital media strategies; website functionality; major publications; major events)
- Provide guidance, templates, and additional support to internal staff in a manner that continuously develops and enhances individual and team communication skills, knowledge, and abilities across the organization
- Conduct, acquire, and analyze research and statistics to evaluate the strategic communications plan and associated programs.
- Assist in the development, implementation, and maintenance of APEGS’ visual identity; monitor the application of brand standards internally, and by APEGS service providers; identify visual identity issues and devise solutions and/or recommendations to improve consistency and adherence
- Collaboratively provide hands on leadership and organization of events on behalf of the association. This includes, but is not limited to, creating project teams and working with leaders, program managers, and administrative staff to design and deliver virtual and in-person events
- Provide guidance and coaching to administrative staff to ensure alignment with plans and objectives.
- A diploma or undergraduate degree in journalism, public relations, English, or an equivalent combination of education, experience and IABC designation
- Three to five years of progressive and broad-range experience as a strong, solid generalist that is keen to lean on external third parties for highly specialized skill sets when needed
- Highly skilled writing and editing skills, with proven ability to create key messages for wide array of audiences
- Applied knowledge and experience with various communication mediums, with the ability to identify the most appropriate communication forum to use in a given situation
- Knowledge of leading practices in use of both digital and print communications tools
- Highly skilled in planning corporate events for a variety of audiences
- Proficient in WordPress and familiarity with other forms of web-based applications such as Eventbrite, Pheedloop, SurveyMonkey, Mailchimp and social media platforms that support organizational visual identity and brand
- Advanced computer skills including demonstrated competence in MS Office Suite, Teams and Sharepoint
- Knowledge of research and analysis methods, principles and practices would be an asset
- Familiarity with graphic design and desktop publishing would be an asset
- Proven ability to work cohesively across department lines with leadership and other employees, and to collaborate with others to ensure a healthy and supportive work environment
- Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders to achieve results
- Experienced in monitoring and managing the scope and quality of work outsourced to third-party service providers
- Demonstrated leadership abilities: self-awareness, accountability, achieving results through others; adaptability and resilience in response to change or unfavorable situations.
You will be joining a dedicated team that is navigating through an exciting era of business transformation within a self-regulatory framework. APEGS employees work onsite at the APEGS office in Regina. In addition to an office location surrounded by too many amenities to name, APEGS offers employees a competitive salary and total rewards program which includes: Employer-paid benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick leave, an employee family assistance program, continuous learning and development opportunities, and financial support for pursuing further education or credentials. We also foster fun and comradery, including initiatives organized through our staff-led social committee.
Please submit a cover letter outlining how your combined experience, education and talents align with the position, together with your resume to: hr@Apegs.ca by 5:00pm (CST) February 29, 2024.
APEGS is committed to supporting accessibility and diversity. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the recruitment and selection process. If you are selected by APEGS as a candidate for the position, please make your requirements known at the time we contact you.
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