Job description

Title: Director of Communications

Location: Flexible in Canada, virtual/remote

Salary: CA$90,969 - CA$113,711 per year

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2023


Reporting to the Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) is hiring a Director of Communications to lead its communications and marketing initiatives, projects and team. SPI is Canada’s leading green economy research institute and think tank, based at the University of Ottawa. SPI turns world-class research into high impact policy change for clean growth and innovation.

Working closely with the SPI senior management, members of the SPI Steering Committee, and organizational partners, the individual will help to develop a dynamic communications strategy. The Director will have responsibility for implementing this strategy, including overseeing design and production of policy briefs and reports, infographics, videos, newsletters, webinars and other communications products in close partnership between research and communications teams; overseeing website development, social media, and all digital communications; developing and implementing a strategy to disseminate SPI’s key messages; and coordinating extensive media relations activities. The Director will also liaise closely with communications teams in partner organizations. This is a senior position that reports directly to the Executive Director. The position has multiple positions reporting to it, including up to full-time staff, a number of contractors, and often a selection of part-time or variable student positions.



  • Develop a dynamic communications strategy to increase the profile of SPI, and its initiatives, including the PLACE Centre.
  • Design and production of publications and products and oversee media strategy, product releases and SPI events
  • Lead the Communications Team and ensures effective individual performance, team-level performance and appropriate use of resources for maximum policy and communications impact
  • Represent SPI with stakeholders, funders, project partners, steering committee members, media and others, ensuring clear, balanced and non-partisan positioning of SPI as Canada’s leading green economy think-tank
  • Ensure hands-on management of the resources – both human and financial – of the Communications Team in order to deliver excellence in project outcomes and team management


How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the competencies.

The deadline for applications is Friday March 3rd, 2023, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so apply early. Only applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered.

The Smart Prosperity Institute embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We are at our best when everyone has a seat at the table, and when we are made to feel like we belong. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons.


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About Smart Prosperity Institute

Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

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Job requirements


Essential Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Master's degree (or equivalent experience) in communications, journalism, public policy, or related field

  • A minimum of 5 years of related national-scope experience, or equivalent blend of education and experience, preferably in like-sized organizations 

  • Experienced in all facets of communications such as ; writing and editing report content, media relations / social media / content development, crisis / issue management, identifying key audiences, and strategy

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute national public relations and marketing initiatives through multiple forms of media


Other Qualifications
  • Ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.

  • Experience working with a Board and C-Suite partners (business, government, NGO)

  • Knowledge of environment, energy and/or economic issues 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English essential, French an asset)