Communications Coordinator (part-time, temporary up to 6 months)

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of a part-time Communications Coordinator in the Corporate Communications division to focus exclusively on the 2020 construction season. The successful candidate will use their well-rounded, intermediate-level background in communications to implement a multi-faceted communications plan; anticipate, plan for and respond to issues; and provide communications support for construction projects. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

Hours of work

The regular work week will consist of up to 21 hours.


  • Serve as Engineering Services’ main point of contact for construction-related work
  • Implement the City’s construction communication plan to inform and engage stakeholders about current and future road closures and construction projects
  • Provide tactical communications expertise and support including:
    • editing and writing construction notices
    • posting notices online
    • sharing information through social media posts
    • coordinating digital and print material production
    • writing and booking advertisements
    • writing and issuing news releases
    • preparing key messages for engineering staff and other City spokespeople
  • Analyze effectiveness of communication strategies, report on results and provide recommendations for improving future communications plans
  • Meet regularly with Engineering Services; support and encourage open, transparent communications with stakeholders
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma, a post-degree certificate in Public Relations or Corporate Communications and 2 to 3 years’ work experience in the field of communications. Candidates with equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Understanding of communication theory and best practices with experience developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive communications programs.
  • Proven ability to write engaging and creative content in plain language for a variety of audiences through different print and digital channels.
  • Proven ability using digital communications including writing for the web and social media, and experience using related platforms (e.g. WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite).
  • Experience with traditional media relations.
  • General knowledge of advertising and print production.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work well under pressure and balance multiple assignments, sometimes with short notice.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize work to maximize efficiency to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  • Great team collaborator.
  • Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Ability to create and/or edit Google Maps, or familiarity with GIS-based technology is an asset
  • Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is an asset
  • Previous experience and/or knowledge of municipal government is an asset.
  • Professional membership with CPRS and/or IABC is an asset.


$21.68 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday March 1, 2020. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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