RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Communications Officer

  • Location: Truro, NS
  • Deadline: Open Until Filled


Communications Officer
About the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre

The Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre is a project mandated by all thirteen Mi’kmaw Chiefs in Nova
Scotia and administered through The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM), one of two Mi’kmaw tribal
councils in Nova Scotia. The future MDCC will be an experiential cultural centre that will anchor Mi’kmaw
culture and heritage sectors with more than 60,000 annual visitors, integrating community outreach and
knowledge with robust educational and public programming. Since 2002, all thirteen Mi’kmaw First Nations
in Nova Scotia have repeatedly affirmed the MDCC project and its mandate to protect the Debert ancestral
sites, to return Mi’kmaw collections from across North America and to develop visitor and educational
programming. From its inception, the MDCC Elders’ Advisory Council has guided the project.

Position Overview
The Communications Officer sustains the Centre’s public profile, engaging Mi’kmaw communities,
communicating to funders, working with the Fund Development Officer and managing public communication
initiatives. The Centre has three primary audiences: Mi’kmaw communities, teachers and learners of all
ages, and cultural tourists. The Communications Officer plays the key role in sharing the Centre’s progress
through its capital development phase into opening the new Centre. Primary communication pathways
include the MDCC website, social media platforms, in-person engagements and events, and print materials.

• Raising the profile and awareness of the MDCC with Mi’kmaw communities, key stakeholders, primary
funders, and the general public;
• Revising the existing the MDCC communications strategy;
• Cultivating and creating positive media stories;
• Producing print, web, periodical, site-specific advertising, and signage;
• Managing and growing the MDCC website;
• Supporting Mi’kmaw History Month activities;
• Attending gatherings, public speaking events and trade shows;
• Collaborating and supporting activities of the Fund Development Officer;
• Supporting project staff and management with strategic partnerships;
• Other communication duties as identified by the Director of History and Culture or the MDCC Project

Position Requirements
• University degree in communications, public relations, English or equivalent;
• Three to five years experience in communications related positions;
• Knowledge of current professional standards in communications and public relations;
• Excellent writing, speaking and visual literacy skills;
• Knowledge of successful tactics for Mi’kmaw communities, Provincial and Federal governments,
educators, and general audiences;
• Experience working with a variety of raw and format image files, website management software,
InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Excel would be important assets;
• Proficiency with primary social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter;
• Experience working with Mi’kmaw First Nation communities, leadership, youth and Elders;
• Spoken and written Mi’kmaw would be an assets;
• Knowledge of and/or experience with Mi’kmaw heritage, tourism, and cultural sectors as well as
knowledge of archaeology and related sciences would be assets;
• Must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and ability to travel.

Why work with us?
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is well known throughout Canada as a professional
organization that is committed to providing a pleasant and healthy working environment for all its
employees. As an organization, we understand that a great work/life balance is essential to success. As a
full-time employee you can expect:
• An atmosphere that is both professional and family oriented.
• Enrollment in the organization’s benefits packages on your first day of employment with no waiting
period, which includes health and dental, and Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
• Generous amounts of paid time off (paid statutory holidays plus St. Anne’s Day and Indigenous Peoples
Day, a summer shutdown (2 weeks), Christmas shutdown (roughly 2 weeks), plus 1 week of discretionary
vacation time (up to 2 weeks with 10 years of service).
• Social Committee, Staff Days, Staff Knowledge Days, etc.

Salary/Employment Term
Expected annual salary: $50,000.00. This is a permanent position (pending successful six-month
probationary contract). The position will be managed by the policies the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq,
who offer a substantial benefits package to all employees including a generous leave policy.
Submit cover letter AND resume to: Human Resources
c/o The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
PO Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V3

We are an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in
accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Only those applicants who provide an up-to-date CV with a cover letter and qualify for an interview will
be contacted. The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check.
Applicants must provide proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency