Apply Now

Senior Communications Advisor

Job IDFE-08-0F-A5-8D-98
CompanyAtomic Energy Of Canada Ltd.
Date Posted2023-11-20
Posted Until2024-05-18
Job TypeFixed-term
Job CategoryCreative Media and Writers
AECL acknowledges with gratitude that we operate on territories that have, since time immemorial, been the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Is AECL right for you?
As a federal Crown corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) delivers innovative solutions to address urgent challenges posed by climate change, health care, environmental remediation, and security.
To enable nuclear science and technology and manage the Government of Canada's radioactive waste liabilities, AECL has been delivering on this mandate through a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) business model, whereby a private-sector organization, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), is responsible for managing and operating AECL's sites on its behalf, pursuant to long term agreements. AECL's objectives under the GoCo model include accelerating Environmental Remediation Management, managing the Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan in support of government priorities and needs, and building a world-class nuclear laboratory that fulfils government priorities and grows commercial revenues, while reducing or containing costs and risks to Canada.

What you will do:
This posting is for two Senior Communications Advisors who will focus on different portfolios at AECL. The first will be reporting to the Manager of Indigenous Relations. In this role, you will help AECL build and strengthen meaningful relationships with Indigenous nations and communities, government departments, local municipalities, and other stakeholders to support long-term collaborations and partnerships. To do so, you will plan, organize, and execute a range of meetings, activities, and events; identify and initiate opportunities for engagement, independently and in collaboration with CNL; and adapt strategies and approaches based on learnings and relationship-building. You are comfortable engaging directly with Indigenous nations and government stakeholders while operating within sensitive and complex political, cultural, and historical contexts.

The second will be reporting to the Director of Communications and Government Reporting. You will be responsible for a range of strategic communications and government reporting tasks. This includes engaging with domestic and international partners, writing, and coordinating government reports, and responding to ad hoc requests. You will develop a full understanding of AECL's strategic agenda and its major files and will provide advice on communications and reporting matters anchored in business reasoning. You understand how to make reporting processes work and are skilled at reaching out to a wide array of parties, getting input, and knitting information from disparate sources into a coherent final product.

For either position: you flag emerging issues early, make recommendations to improve practices and mitigate risks, and support oversight of CNL's communications and engagement activities. Finally, you are a concise writer, bringing experience and sound judgement to plans, briefing materials, talking points and government reporting documents. You might also have experience in the nuclear industry, or in multi-year, large-scale infrastructure or environmental restoration projects. If not, you learn fast. And at the very least, you tend to think that nuclear energy is a critical component of Canada's - and the world's - solution to climate change!

What you bring :
- University Degree in Indigenous Studies, Public Affairs, Communications, Public Policy, Political Science, English, French or related field.
- At least five years of working experience in communications, policy and/or engagement (either stakeholder, community relations, or Indigenous engagement).
- Excellent spoken and written communication skills in both English and French.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
- Excellent time management skills to deliver a range of requests often within very limited timeframes.
- Experience working on nuclear issues is an asset.
- Experience working on large-scale projects and environmental assessments is an asset.

What we bring:
- Comprehensive medical and dental benefits for you and your dependents through the Government of Canada.
- Participation in the Public Service Pension Plan (an indexed, defined-benefit pension plan) to help you plan for retirement.
- Vacation, personal and floating days to be used in support of your physical and mental wellbeing.
- A confidential Employee Assistance Program to help with challenges you or your family may be facing.
- A flexible hybrid work model that lets you balance both working from home and nurturing in-person connections by coming into the office or on-site.

What you can expect:
- This posting is for two (2) full-time temporary positions that will be two (2) years in duration. You will be based out of AECL's Ottawa or Chalk River, Ontario office locations.
- Please note the selected candidate must successfully meet Government of Canada security clearance requirements.
- While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
- Preference may be given to individuals who are bilingual.

Recruitment Timelines:
We have built a pause into the recruitment process over the holidays. Please plan to be available on the following dates if you are selected for an interview:
- Phone screens with shortlisted candidates will happen December 18 to 22, 2023
- First interviews will be in person at our Ottawa office and scheduled for January 8 and 9, 2023
- Second interviews will be in person at our Ottawa and scheduled for January 15 and 16, 2023

At AECL, we are committed to building an authentic workplace; promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessible matters to us. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any gender identity, expression, and sexual orientations. Preference may be given to members of a designated group to address identified under-representation. We encourage candidates to self-identify.

AECL provides support and reasonable accommodations in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities including accommodations that consider an applicant's accessibility needs. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during our recruitment process, let us know how we can assist you by emailing

About AECL:
How To ApplyClick Apply Now!

Apply online: