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Senior Communications Advisor

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is looking for a talented, motivated strategic communications professional to join our team. As a member of our Communications department, you will support the advocacy efforts of our regional government relations teams to advance issues most important to our members. The ideal candidate will possesses a solid understanding of Canadian politics as well as how strategic communications plays a critical role in how public policy is developed. Based in Toronto, IBC currently has a hybrid work-from-home policy that includes in office days several times a month.

IBC’s communications department is a purpose-driven team that works together every day to bring value to our organization and members. We develop cutting-edge strategic communications, consumer education and outreach materials and executive speeches and presentations. We also place an important emphasis on internal communications, media relations and multi-media engagement. We are innovative and inclusive, and have the collective passion and power to go above-and-beyond for our organization, our members and Canadians.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as business partner with internal clients, managing key files and providing strategic communications support

  • Oversee the development and execution of advocacy campaigns to support strategic goals

  • Maintains a thorough understanding of industry issues and public policy issues, in particular those for the region you support as a business partner

  • Researches, produces and develops written material including executive-level speeches, 1-2 pagers, key messages, web copy, member communications, correspondence, marketing materials, op-eds and news releases

  • Ability to comprehend and summarize key takeaways from complex materials including internal and external research papers, policy papers and technical reports

  • Works with IBC departments and senior staff members to ensure consistent messaging across the organization

  • Organizes, formats, writes, edits and proofreads documentation for department, company or member use

  • Follows established corporate graphic and communication standards

  • Creates and edits PowerPoint presentations for senior management

  • Creates and manages editorial content calendars

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or public relations, or equivalent experience

  • Success in this role depends on a sound knowledge of (or willingness to learn) the property and casualty insurance industry, and an understanding of how provincial and federal governments function 

  • Minimum 7 years of related experience such as corporate communications, government role or work with a trade association

  • Superior writing skills

  • Demonstrated ability to write a variety of communication materials for different speakers and audiences, including insurance industry, government and consumers

  • Ability to contribute to communications strategies and generate creative, compelling ideas to tell our stories

  • Understanding of content creation for web/social channels (digital and video)

  • Experience and confidence in providing strategic recommendations that result in effective communication programs

  • Working effectively under pressure of high volume and meeting deadlines

  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment

  • Excellent relationship-building skills

  • Highly proficient with communication tools including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook

 Why Join IBC?

  • Competitive salary and benefits.

  • Hybrid work environment.

  • Variety of job tasks to help accelerate your professional skills development.

  • Working with a top-tier team, full of all-stars and industry leaders.

  • A career working with and influencing creative and the visual identity of the brand.

  • The ability to be creative and help keep Canadians safe on the road, at home, at work, and at play.

  • Strong leadership with a focus on your development and growth.