Head, Corporate Communications

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Bilingual Imperative (English / French)

  • Reading comprehension: Superior level (C)
  • Written expression: Superior level (C)
  • Oral interaction: Superior level (C)

Your Challenge

If you dream of joining an organization that is small enough to be noticed and big enough to provide a meaningful career, we want to hear about you!

The House of Commons Office of the Clerk and Secretariat is currently looking to staff the Head, Corporate Communications position.

The Organization:
The House of Commons Communications team provides strategic communications advice and tools that allow the House of Commons Administration to effectively manage its communications with Members of Parliament and internal communications between Service Areas and employees.

About the Role:
Reporting to the Chief of Staff of the Clerk Office, and working closely with the Speaker’s communication team, the Head, Corporate Communications, is accountable for developing and recommending a communications vision and setting strategic priorities that are aligned with, and advance, the House Administration’s corporate policy and program agendas in support of Members of Parliament, the Board of Internal Economy, the Speaker and the Clerk of the House.

With the support of two (2) Managers, you are accountable for developing short and long-term communication action plans to assist the Administration’s senior leadership in managing high-profile strategic issues and the success of key corporate values and priorities.
You will be the key person to provide leadership and managerial direction to the centre of communications expertise. This includes but is not limited to: recruitment and selection of staff; management of employees that will provide expert advice on internal communications and event management; setting performance standards, objectives and priorities; plan, assign, monitor and evaluate the team’s work; develop and promote a work environment that fosters creativity, innovation and openness.

The ideal person:
The ideal person would possess significant leadership, networking, and consultation skills. They would have a solid background in communications and extensive experience in media relations. They would be comfortable providing strategic guidance and advice at all levels of an organization and possess the competencies to continue to develop the communications centre of expertise.

Top reasons to join the House of Commons Administration:
  • Work at the Heart of democracy
  • National Capital Region’s Top Employers
  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers
  • Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
  • Work-life balance / Flexible schedules / 35-hour work week
  • Resources to promote well-being
  • Learning, professional development and advancement opportunities

Everyone is Welcome!
The House of Commons is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, diverse, respectful and barrier-free environment. We strive to make our organization a place where everyone feels they belong.
If you require accommodation during the application or assessment process, please contact [email protected] for additional support.


  • A post-secondary degree in communications, journalism, or in a related field as well as experience in Communications at a senior level.
  • Experience in developing and managing a comprehensive communications vision and its corresponding strategic priorities;
  • Experience in managing projects and project teams involved in the development and delivery of communications products and services;
  • Experience in media relations;
  • Prior experience coaching, training and developing several direct reports to optimize performance, create organizational depth and individual growth;
  • Experience in issues analysis, problem solving and strategy development and planning;
  • Expert bilingual communications skills (comprehension, writing, speaking).


Candidates will be evaluated against House of Commons Administration Competency Framework – Strategy-Focused Leaders


The purpose of this recruitment and selection process is to staff the position of Head, Corporate Communications on an indeterminate or determinate basis. Preference will be given to candidates that have the ability to participate in the Interchange Canada or Secondment programs.

Essential Information

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process.
  • Assessments and interviews may be held in-person or virtually and the use of technology may be required. For any questions regarding use of technology, please contact [email protected]
  • Position location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Selected candidates who do not have valid second language evaluation (SLE) results will be assessed. Bilingual non-imperative appointments could also be considered.
  • Please note that only applications submitted through our Career Portal will be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on October 31, 2021.
  • Please save a copy of the notice of job opportunity as well as all related documents. Once the closing date has passed, these documents will no longer be available.
  • If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Recruitment and Selection at [email protected] before the closing date and time of the recruitment and selection process. We will respond to enquiries within 24 hours (excluding statutory holidays and weekends).
  • Relocation and travel expenses incurred during the recruitment and selection process are the applicant's responsibility.
  • A variety of assessment tools may be used to assess candidates.