Welcome To Halifax Harbour Bridges - Applying For The HHB Communications Officer (two year term) Position

This position is designated for an Employment Equity Hire

This position is open exclusively to  Indigenous  People ( First Nations, Metis and Inuit), Visible Minorities ( African Nova Scotians) and Women in non-traditional roles. When applying, please clearly self-identify the group to which you belong.


Role Summary

The communications officer reports to the communications manager and is a key member of communications team. Under the direction of the communications manager, the communications officer is responsible for implementing and managing HHB’s communications strategy, ensuring all communications are aligned with HHB’s mission and strategic objectives and demonstrate sensitivity to the political environment in which HHB operates. The communications officer develops project plans and content for internal and external communications and marketing initiatives.


Strategic Role Accountabilities

Directional outcomes & process goals the role must focus on to help enable the organization’s mission and objectives.

  • Strategic Planning
    • Executes strategic communication plans for HHB that include goals, activities, tactics, and performance indicators.
    • Initiates communications around the strategic plan and business plans to internal and external audiences, identifying communication needs, goals and core messages of HHB.
    • Implements tactics for communications plans for initiatives to ensure they meet the stated objectives and are consistent with the organization’s brand, mission and mandate.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the political environment in which the organization operates and provides counsel.
  • Internal Communications
    • Participates in developing internal communications strategy and implement tactics to help increase employee engagement.
    • Ensures employees are aware of changes and projects taking place at Halifax Harbour Bridges.
    • Develops and distributes executive messages, develops presentations and internal memos.
    • Plans and executes employee events to help improve employee engagement
  • External Communications
    • Implements a proactive communication program to enhance and maintain the reputation and visibility of the organization that is consistent with the HHB brand
    • Coordinates and provides logistical support to HHB-sponsored events
    • Develops content for external communication platforms including media releases, social media, e-newsletters, marketing material and annual reports.
    • Develops and distributes materials to the public and/or stakeholders, explaining HHB’s position on issues, policies, and short-term and long-term plans.


  • Media Relations
    • Able to act as the organization spokesperson when required
    • Writes media advisories and releases
    • Represents HHB to stakeholders and interested parties.
    • Demonstrates strong media relations skills and develops strong working knowledge and relationships with members of the media.
    • Coordinates and oversees media events
  • Health & Safety
    • Promotes, and champions HHB’s goal to have a world-class safety program.
    • Establishes and maintains a safety culture throughout the organization; makes safety a top priority.


Core Performance Capabilities

For a full description of each core performance capability, please see your performance management template.

  • Strong tactical skills
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Health & Safety
  • Strategic Orientation
  • Achievement Orientation
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Partnership & Relationship Focus
  • Innovativeness & Continuous Learning


Key Relationships

The development of constructive and cooperative working relationships and maintaining those relationships over time will be key to success. The relationships critical to success for the Communications Manager role are listed below:

  • Internal:
    • Reports to the communications manager
    • General Manager and CEO
    • HHB management team
    • Employees
  • External
    • Media
    • Graphic designers
    • Community partners: neighbours, business associations, advocacy groups
    • Printers
    • Stakeholders: Halifax, the province, Port Authority, Halifax Transit, Halifax Regional Police, Halifax Water, elected officials
    • PR counsel
    • Maintains active involvement in relevant associations such as IBTTA, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).


  • Post-secondary education in public relations or communications
  • 5-7 years’ experience
  • Experience working with public sector and multiple, diverse stakeholders
  • Consultative approach; customer focused
  • Strong writing and editing skills for a variety of mediums
  • communication skills both written and oral
  • Knowledge of Microsoft including: Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Strong understanding of social media

 Salary:  $51,611 to $64,514

Working Conditions

This position requires the incumbent to work in an office environment at HHB with minimal physical effort demands. Due to the nature of this position, mental stress may be experienced when responding to conflicting demands and deadlines, dealing with issues and matters that can be highly sensitive and complex including both internal and external factors (i.e. public dissatisfaction etc.). Sensory attention is required for a large and significant amount of reading, creating creative’s, presentations, and other communications documents for publication.


Employment Equity Statement: Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. At Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB), we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women or Persons in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application. The collection of self-identification data is a central piece of HHB commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This data provides information on the diversity of the population applying for employment with us. This information increases HHB's capacity to monitor our progression on increasing EDI in our recruitment.


How to Apply:


This position is designated for an Employment Equity Hire

This position is open exclusively to  Indigenous  People ( First Nations, Metis and Inuit), Visible Minorities ( African Nova Scotians) and Women in non-traditional roles. When applying, please clearly self-identify the group to which you belong.



 If interested, submit your resume and complete all pre-screening questions by Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 4:00 pam to:https://https://bit.ly/3tHvYFe, or go to www.indeed.ca


Must pass a pre-employment identity, credit check and criminal background check.

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