Senior Media Relations Advisor

Reporting to the Manager of Communications and Public Affairs, you will develop and implement media strategies, systems, and initiatives to enhance awareness, understanding and support for IDRC in domestic and international media through various platforms including social and on-line media.


You will collaborate with Senior Public Affairs Advisorso inform media and stakeholder engagement strategy planning and implementation. 

You will liaise with critical IDRC stakeholders including planning and implementing engagement activities and monitoring and evaluation. You also will build, manage, and strengthen relationships with key media; develop and disseminate media messages, products, and briefing material; identify media engagement opportunities for IDRC staff; and lead and coordinate IDRC spokesperson preparation and training.

Candidate Profile  


  • University degree preferred in communications, journalism, public relations or in a specialization related to the position


Position requires five to seven years of recent communications and media relations experience with a strong focus on building, managing, and strengthening relationships with key media, and on social and on-line media platforms, which includes:

  • developing and implementing media strategies, systems and engagement opportunities for targeted audiences;
  • acting as a primary contact and a spokesperson for all media inquiries;
  • building, managing and strengthening relationships with key media;
  • monitoring, assessing and responding effectively to media inquiries;
  • analyzing issues and providing timely strategic media advice to management and senior staff; and 
  • writing and editing media advisories and releases; media questions and answers; and key messages, speeches and briefing notes for management and senior staff.

Experience collaborating and coordinating with an organization's satellite/regional/international offices is an asset.

Experience in stakeholder engagement is an asset.


  • Bilingual position (English and French) at an advanced level


  • Sound understanding of IDRC’s mandate, its activities, and the environment in which it operates
  • Excellent knowledge of the current media landscape, as well as social and on-line media strategies and practices
  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada media relations policies and procedures and their relationship to Crown Corporations is a desirable asset.


  • Highly developed interpersonal, oral, and public speaking communications and professional writing skills
  • Ability to engage and “pitch” stories to media representatives
  • Ability to analyze and provide clear and articulate strategic advice to persuade, influence and inform
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to prepare, organize and deliver presentations tailored for different audiences
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities, work independently and collaboratively as part of a team and meet tight deadlines
  • Proven good judgment to support decision-making and knowing when a situation needs to be escalated
  • Initiative, tact, creativity, and flexibility

Additional Information

For more information regarding primary duties or responsibilities, view Job Details.

This job description is currently under review, the duties and responsibilities are subject to change to ensure continued alignment to the Centre’s strategic imperatives. 

We appreciate your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

IDRC is committed to creating and fostering a respectful, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the people’s lives we impact and the Canadian community we work within, where everyone is comfortable being their authentic selves. We welcome Indigenous peoples and persons from all races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and physical or mental abilities to be part of our team.

We strive to ensure barrier-free selection processes. If you are contacted regarding a job opportunity, testing or interview, please advise the HR representative of the accommodation measures that must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Application process Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can apply? Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How to apply: 
Application deadline: 
04 Jul 2021
Type of position: 
Permanent position
Full time
$78,020 - $96,584 / Level K
22 Jun 2021