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Senior Manager Corporate Relations  

The Alberta Innovates Marketing and Communications team is seeking a Senior Manager Corporate Relations for corporate outreach and engagement plans that support the CEO and leadership team in advancing enterprise business development, capital attraction and industry partnerships.

Are you our Senior Manager Corporate Relations? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are passionate about using your expertise to understand an organizations impact and translate it into a clear message
  • Enjoy using your analytical skills to build a well-informed foundation that translate into creative and impactful communications

We are game changers

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation.

Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.

Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

Working closely with colleagues across the corporation and reaching into relevant peer-group networks, this role identifies and secures opportunities; prepares plans, speeches, presentations, and advance briefing materials for business and investor audiences; and maintains multi-contact outreach with corporate leaders and influencers of the innovation system. The successful incumbent will:

 

  • Act as the CEO’s principal speechwriter and collaborate with senior leaders and subject experts to prepare remarks, presentations, key messages, and related materials for local, national, and international forums
  • Research audiences, business forums, conferences, and related events to grow our network of contacts, to identify and secure high value corporate opportunities, and to prepare appropriate executives and corporate subject experts to participate
  • Proactively develop and support communications to advance the expertise, knowledge, and impact of company thought leaders, and generate support for programs, and initiatives with business and policy influencers, decisionmakers, and community leaders
  • Cultivate and expand the corporation’s business network regionally and deepen relationships through peer-to-peer contact with sector-leading firms
  • Work closely with directors, and program experts to prepare accurate and timely input on behalf of the corporation to business and industry policy consultation processes, reports, and issues; ensure relevant staff are well-briefed on corporate market developments
  • Communicate the organizations financial story, differentiating characteristics and growth aspects of organizational initiatives and work closely with colleagues to prepare and publicize regional and related studies and benchmarking reports
  • Collaborate with external consultants and internal colleagues to establish and maintain a scanning process to identify emerging ESG issues, assess impacts and mitigate reputation risks
  • Conduct key stakeholder “listening” and analysis process, encompassing client and omnibus research, digital and social data, media, brand trust and other tools to fully leverage brand campaigns and ecosystem co-marketing
  • Maintain plans and processes to enable best practice crisis response capability, communication skills and capacity, and to assure mobilization readiness
  • Develop and facilitate engagement with impact investors, and mobilize employees and partners around initiatives that increase ecosystem participation of under-represented segments of the innovation community
  • Work with corporate colleagues, subsidiaries and business divisions to transform single program transactional engagements into community value/asset-based relationships

 

Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Law, Political Science, Communications, Journalism, or equivalent experience
    • A graduate business degree is preferred
  • 8 years of multi-sector business communications experience with 5 years experience in corporate relations or public advocacy communications
  • Professional certification from CPRS, IABC, IAP2, CIRI, ICD (or in process)
  • Solid understanding of business innovation trends, dynamics, ecosystem players, competitive priorities, challenges, social purpose movement, opportunities and capital flow
  • Knowledge of business fundamentals, investor relations, and financial interpretation
  • Established business networks
  • Ability to establish rapport and high trust relationships with leaders at all levels
  • Understand sustainability trends, ESG standards, and best practices
  • Comfortable in front of a crowd and working with people in all sectors and organizational levels
  • Experience in sourcing and managing superior service suppliers
  • Demonstrated ability to activate strategies through tactics
  • Awareness of government policy agenda and expectations related to the provincial innovation ecosystem and Alberta Innovates
  • Strong relationship management skills that build effective networks of internal and external business contacts
  • Excellent communication, presentation, facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills
  • Superior speechwriting, corporate communication and editing skills, and business media savvy
  • Exceptional public research and analytical skills
  • Innovative thinker able to synthesize and translate scientific knowledge to business language

 

Why Alberta Innovates?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance which includes flexible work and wellness programs.

 

At Alberta Innovates, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  

 

Alberta Innovates offers a competitive salary and benefits package in addition to opportunities for personal and professional achievement.  The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

 

ALBERTA INNOVATES IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUITY IN EMPLOYMENT AND ENCOURAGES APPLICATIONS FROM ALL QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS. WE WISH TO THANK ALL APPLICANTS FOR THEIR INTEREST. HOWEVER, ONLY THOSE INVITED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.