ALL CO-OP STUDENTS – Communications Assistant Position, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Requirements

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Communications Branch, Gatineau, QC

Position: Communications Assistant

Priority will be given to Indigenous students. Please indicate which Indigenous group you belong to in your cover letter.

Travel costs (i.e. transportation costs, such as, airfare, train, bus, etc…) will be covered for those individuals who are hired to travel to and from the National Capital Region.

Obtaining a security clearance is mandatory to work in the federal government.

The Communications Branch is a professional, diverse and demand-driven environment. The student will work with a team of qualified communications professionals who provide strategic communications advice and support to the department.

  • Experience in writing or editing;
  • Experience in the preparation of material for public use;
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples in Canada or organizations is an asset;
  • General knowledge of departmental responsibilities and objectives, and its relationship to the interest of its clients and the general public;

Responsibilities

Duties of the student will depend on the team they are assigned to, however all students will contribute to at least one group project.

Duties related to specific teams may include:

Corporate Communications Units

  • Participate in the weekly production of “The Express” email message to all staff, (coordinate submissions, revise text, verify hyperlinks and photos).
  • Write articles for AANDC’s internal e-Zine “Spirit” as well as content for Deputy Ministers’ blogs and email messages to staff.
  • Participate in special events
  • Assist in the production of videos, vodcasts, podcasts, blogs, etc.
  • Play a coordination role on the team (tracking approvals and gathering information for corporate reporting).

Strategic Communications Units

  • Writing communications products (news releases, media lines, Qs&As, fact sheets, social media postings etc.)
  •  Playing a key coordination role on the team (tracking approvals and  making edits to documents; gathering input on behalf of team for reporting duties; and, updating advisors and team members as appropriate).
  • Performing some general administrative duties
  • Supporting advisors on key large files
  • Leading on various special projects (updates to Web content, etc.)
  • Assist with development and production of multimedia communication products such as radio ads and video success stories

Digital Communications Units

  • Compile the department’s Social Media review, listing all social media content for the past week and a summary of posts for the week ahead
  • Monitor social media channels of interest to the department, forward breaking news to advisors, and recommend content for re-tweeting / re-posting
  • Research social media public environment and trends and  develop social media content (trivia, photos) for weekly thematic posts
  • Update and maintain social media logs and planning calendars
  • Update and maintain team GCPedia pages, databases, orientation and training materials and other documents
  • Support manager, and team members on special projects, such as planning and preparation of Google Hangouts.
  • Afternoon media monitoring and morning media monitoring back-up
  • Verify and update web content (Kids’ Stop, National Aboriginal Day, etc.)
  • Support special projects (commemoration activities, etc.)
  • General knowledge of public relations techniques;
  • General knowledge of Indigenous issues in Canada; and
  • Proficiency in one of the official languages (English / French) is necessary; proficiency in both languages is an asset.

Abilities

  • Very good writing and editing skills – ability to write in the journalistic style for diverse audiences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Ability to implement communications activities;
  • Ability to coordinate support services for a team including the coordination of meetings, as well as the coordination of document approvals and the preparation of reports;
  • Ability to work well under pressure within tight deadlines; and
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks independently and prioritize work effectively.

Personal Suitability for all Units:

  • Imagination and initiative in implementing communication projects;
  • Tact and cooperation in dealing with senior management and colleagues; and
  • Flexibility and good judgment to function effectively under rapidly changing conditions.

Application Details

The Communications Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is looking to hire Co-op students for the Fall term. Positions (up to 2) are located in the National Capital Region.

We are looking for students who are studying in communications, marketing, English, sociology, anthropology, political science or any other communications related field.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group. 

For more information about the department, please visit our website at www.aandc.gc.ca

Position: Communications Assistant

(possibility of double or return work-term arrangement)

Priority will be given to Indigenous students. Please indicate which Indigenous group you belong to in your cover letter.

Travel costs (i.e. transportation costs, such as, airfare, train, bus, etc…) will be covered for those individuals who are hired to travel to and from the National Capital Region.

Obtaining a security clearance is mandatory to work in the federal government.

Method of Selection: resume, covering letter, phone interview

Contact Info:

Melanie Villeneuve

Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada

10 Wellington, room 1900, Gatineau QC, K1A 0H4

melanie.villeneuve@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

tel: 613-668-4944

If you would like more information on how you could apply for this position as a CBU Co-op Option and earn 3 credits toward your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer Carly Turnbull: carly_turnbull@cbu.ca.