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Senior Communication Specialist


Ottawa, ON, CA

Requisition ID: 152081 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Eastern Canada District 

Department: Communications 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

As Senior Advisor, Communications you will a key role in the development and delivery of superior, multi-channel communication products and engaging stakeholder and community relations activities that support the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project.
As an ideal candidate for this role, you’re a high-performing, proactive and multi-skilled communications professional who’s eager and able to manage a wide range of projects and initiatives. You’re an outstanding writer with a knack for translating technical information into engaging, digestible content. You thrive in a fast-paced, collegial environment and you’re equally as comfortable operating autonomously as you are collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders. 

At Kiewit, the scale of our operations is huge. Our construction and engineering projects span across the United States, Canada and Mexico, improving and connecting communities with every initiative.  We depend on our high-performing operations support professionals — they’re the glue that holds multiple areas of the business together and the catalysts that make things happen. We hire only the most driven people and we offer them diverse career opportunities, strong leadership and mentorship, rewarding, collaborative work, and responsibility they won’t find just anywhere. We’re always pushing new limits. You can too.  

District Overview

Eastern Canada District's projects include highways, bridges, mass transit, mine site development & open pit operations, hydroelectric powerhouses, wind-power plants, dams & industrial. The serve the construction and mining industries and operates in Eastern Canada. 


This position is based in Ottawa. Candidates must be comfortable commuting to our field offices in Nepean and Orleans as well 


  • Create timely, informative and engaging content to build awareness and support for the Stage 2 LRT Project.
  • Build confidence, understanding and trust among key stakeholders, residents, community groups and the public by supporting integrated and proactive communications and community engagement approaches and stakeholder relations initiatives.
  • Measure the quality, performance and outcomes of strategic communications objectives through the development and implementation and dissemination of metrics, and associated reports; monitors and reports on progress for internal and external audiences.
  • Maintain a communication/contact/public inquiry database to chronicle inquires, actions, and results.
  • Use multi-media and digital techniques and content to support project information and collateral including brochures, fact sheets, flyers, handouts and presentations.
  • Draft and post articles to support project/district/corporate communication and employee communication initiatives
  • Collaborate with other professionals to create an integrated, high-performing communications and stakeholder engagement team 


  • Completion of a degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, or a related field.  
  • Minimum five (5) to seven (7) years’ progressive experience in communications, customer service or community engagement in the public or private sector or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent.
  • Project management experience to lead, manage, and monitor simultaneous projects to tight deadlines, and monitor project performance results.
  • Interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills, political acuity, initiative, tact and diplomacy skills. 
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships, and work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders to build consensus or influence decisions.
  • Ability to work in high intensity, demanding situations with a proven track record of successfully meeting deadlines and project expectations, with a strict attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal and oral/written/presentation/listening communication skills to develop and implement communication plans and materials and respond to community and stakeholder issues.
  • Strong ethics that will reflect positively on the company, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Previous experience working on large infrastructure projects will be considered an asset.
  • Modern communication techniques, multimedia and software applications (e.g. desktop publishing, word processing, web-authoring).
  • Bilingual French (oral and written) preferred.

Other Requirements:
•    Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

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