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Communications Specialist

by City of London

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Dec 09, 2023
City of London

Job Description

Communications Specialist

Summary of Duties:

Under the direction of the Manager II, Communications assists with corporate communications initiatives for the City of London.  Develops, implements and evaluates communication plans and strategies for Civic Departments who do not have specific communication /marketing/public relations positions.  Meets with the Corporate Communications Committee to develop and implement corporate communications initiatives by ensuring a cross-fertilization of ideas and resources.

Work Performed:

  • Liaises, develops and sustains relationships with a wide range of community groups, Departments and outside agencies.
  • Works with Civic Departments in a consultative role to help in the development of strategies, annual budgets and plans to ensure the most effective use of funds for communication.
  • Coordinates work of Corporate Communications Committee and evaluates the priority of projects.
  • Reviews appropriateness of print media requests for external publications with respect to content.  Makes recommendations on materials, methods, approach, etc. to obtain the best quality of the product to ensure that all jobs are designed and produced in the most efficient and economical manner.
  • Acts as a resource to external consultants on status of communication initiatives.
  • Provides advice on desktop and electronic graphics technology, researches alternatives and suggests courses of action.
  • Writes media releases and public service announcements as required.
  • Evaluates requests from agencies, advisory and special committees to develop information, materials and strategies.  Provides instruction for completion of projects having corporate impact.
  • Researches and develops new information materials for internal publications.  Writes copy and edits existing brochures, pamphlets, booklets and flyers for internal or external use.  Makes or recommends changes.
  • Responsible for writing, layout/design, production and budget for the corporate newsletter.
  • Coordinates material and develops guidelines for all supplementary Departmental newsletters.
  • Writes and designs presentation materials as required for topics having corporate impact.
  • Investigates options and costs associated with using slide shows, videos, radio, TV and other broadcast materials as an alternative to print materials.
  • Writes copy and edits print materials as required.
  • Prepares and trains appropriate City of London staff on communication software, graphic design concepts, procedures and Corporate Communication Committee initiatives.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Two year community college Public Relations, Journalism or Corporate Communications Diploma.


  • Three to four years' related experience.

Specialized Training & Licenses:

Skills and abilities in the following areas are necessary:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IABC or APR accreditation preferable.

Compensation & Other Information:

$52,822 - $75,860 (Level 12)

This posting is for two (2) temporary full-time positions for up to 2 years.

Current hours of Work: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Work Arrangement: Hybrid, 50% work in office and 50% work from home. Subject to change in accordance to business requirements.

These hours of work are subject to change in accordance with the Collective Agreement and may include evening hours and Saturdays.


NOTE: Applicants may be required to complete a job related test.


Requisition Number: 609

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