Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications - Argyle

Apr 11, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Are you an experienced, senior PR consultant interested in working at one of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing communication and engagement consulting firms? Where the management team believes in brains without bureaucracy? Where you’ll enjoy more freedom to lead?

Argyle offers a superior experience in a supportive environment where talented communications professionals can build great careers. Our clients include leaders in academia and civil society, business and finance, technology, and government.

Argyle seeks a Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications to join its Corporate and Public Affairs team. 

This role will support cornerstone communication programs related to national Indigenous class action settlements and will also support other corporate, non-profit, and government clients as needed. The successful candidate may not work exclusively on Indigenous-focused projects and may be asked to bring their experience and expertise to bear on diverse mandates and new business endeavours as needed to support Argyle’s growth.  

The ideal candidate will have strong strategic and corporate communications skills and excel at client relations and project management. This role requires solid media relations and issues management experience as well as the proven ability to manage large, integrated communication programs. Further, the successful candidate will bring experience and expertise communicating Indigenous rights and reconciliation subject matter to diverse audiences (including settlers, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis). This includes a working-knowledge of developing and executing trauma-informed communication programs.

Responsibilities 

  • Participate in the strategic planning, execution and evaluation of client communication programs;
  • Lead project management for complex client programs involving strategic communications, creative, digital, earned and paid media programs;
  • Lead media relations programs including writing for the news media (news releases, op-eds, fact sheets, backgrounders, emails and more) and media outreach;
  • Develop, support, and execute strategic partnerships, stakeholder relations, and community relations strategies as appropriate to support client programs.
  • Develop and deliver program reporting and evaluation;
  • Day-to-day client relationship management;
  • Support new business development including the development of proposals and participation in new business pitches;
  • Manage vendor relationships.

Skills & Experience 

  • 5-7 years of agency or corporate communications experience including with Indigenous communities and/or organizations;
  • Excellent strategic communications skills including the ability to develop and execute a strategic communications plan with thoughtfully identified objectives, metrics, audiences, key messages, and a variety of owned, earned, and paid tactics.
  • Training and expertise in developing culturally appropriate, trauma-informed communications approaches, particularly in an Indigenous context;
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to develop critical paths and oversee and manage teams and budgets for large, complex projects.
  • Strong media relations and issues management experience
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills;

Qualities of a successful candidate

  • Curiosity: You strive to deeply understand client contexts, issues, and needs.  You are not afraid to ask questions, and you approach situations with a learner’s mind.
  • Courage: You bring your clients and co-workers your honest and authentic assessments and seek to always deliver your best possible counsel.  You do not shy away from difficult conversations, but engage in them with kindness, diplomacy, and respect.
  • Creativity: You like to solve problems and explore new solutions. You face challenges with resourcefulness and you welcome perspectives that push your own thinking.
  • Listening: You practice close and active listening and demonstrate a genuine interest in learning from others. You have the ability to home in on what deeply matters to clients, co-workers, and to the situation at hand.
  • Inclusion: You seek to create and expand opportunities for others. You value and seek out perspectives from those with different lived experiences from your own. You bring a lens of intersectionality to your work.
  • Impact: You want to be a force for good and for change. You hold yourself accountable for results.  You feel personal responsibility for helping achieve your team’s and your client’s success.
  • Initiative:  You don’t wait to be asked. You anticipate needs and act on them. You like to ask yourself: what more can I be doing to set this team/client up for success?
  • Perseverance: You see things through; you don’t give up.  You are good at setting priorities, knowing when to shift them, and working through tough situations. You can quickly rebound from mistakes and apply what you learned.  
  • Excellence: You endeavour to bring your best to everything. You set a high bar for the quality of your work and you work hard and consistently to uphold it.

We offer a dynamic environment, competitive compensation, and an outstanding opportunity for long-term career growth and advancement.

We recognize that the best candidate may not meet all of the criteria listed above. We encourage all those interested and with relevant experience to apply even if you don’t match the job posting perfectly. We welcome diverse, out-of-the-box thinking, and we strive to provide an environment for learning, growth and innovation.

We thank you for your application, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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