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Job Title:  Senior Writer - Editor

Location:  Ottawa ON, ON, CA
Other Location(s): 
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Language Requirements:  English Essential
Job ID:  3452
Job Details: 

Job Requisition Id: 3452 
Business Function: Communication 
Primary City: Ottawa ON 
Other Location(s): 
Province: Ontario (CA-ON) 
Employment Type: Full-Time 
Employment Status: Term 
Language Requirement: English Essential 
Employee Class and Level: CPMGA02 
Number of Vacancies 1 
Job Closing Date (dd/mm/yyyy): 22/03/2018

Job Description

Canada Post is committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for our customers, employees and all Canadians. Plans, prioritizes, coordinates and executes the research, writing and editing of internal and external communications assignments in all media; supports the communications needs of the corporation with priority to the President and CEO as well as the rest of the executive team in assisting, leading and influencing the development of effective internal and external messages.  Creates and writes high impacting and sensitive communications such as speeches, talking points, scripts, articles, opinion pieces, government committee submissions, press releases as well as high stakes auditable documents and other multi-faceted campaigns in a deadline driven and high pressured environment. Ensures client (and corporate) objectives are met and overall quality standards and corporate policies are maintained by researching subject areas to obtain information and verify facts, and proofreading and editing material to give maximum clarity of meaning, accuracy, relevance, and consistency of style and format, while ensuring effectiveness of content to support underlying communications strategies.  Supports a conceptual and consistent methodology set by the Director that is client and stakeholder focused.

Job Responsibilities

Below are the main job requirements and responsibilities for the Senior Writer/Editor.

  • Provides meaningful and effective client and stakeholder-focused advice, guidance and writing and editing services to internal clients at all management levels that support successful delivery of key communications messages in all media. Participates in, advises, influences and leads senior executive decisions on internal and external messages.
  • Leads the planning and development of strategic communications with the objective of assisting clients to think, plan and critically assess key messages and message ideas while limiting the reputational exposure of the company.
  • Ensures client (and corporate) objectives are met and overall quality standards and corporate policies are maintained by researching subject areas to obtain information and verify facts, and proofreading and editing material to give maximum clarity of meaning, accuracy, relevance, and consistency of style and format, while ensuring effectiveness of content to support underlying communications strategies.
  • Creates and writes communications strategies and communications in all media that are of a high-profile and sensitive nature, such as speeches and talking points for the President and the executive management team, government committee submissions, as well as high-profile and high-stake documents such as the Annual Report. Required to write communications on behalf of Directors, General Managers or the VP of Communications, as required.
  • Supports and implements the development of multi-channel communications solutions targeted to different audience segments, delivery channels and needs including non-traditional media such as social networking websites and closed circuit video display network in company facilities.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the Writing Services team and Communications group as a whole under the direction of the General Manager and VP, Communications to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of communications initiatives; supports the pursuit of goals and ensures all communications channels form an integral part of a strategic communications planning framework.
  • Builds and maintains a comprehensive and leading-edge knowledge of Canada Post’s operations, business and strategic and competitive standing to ensure understanding and accurate interpretation of the issues, trends and corporate strategies when creating and writing communications strategies and communications in all media.
  • Supports a positive work environment and culture within the function, the objectives and performance expectations of the Writing Services group and the successful delivery of strategies overseen by Client Services. Shares best practices and the identification of opportunities that improve overall communications services.



  • Post-secondary diploma in a relevant discipline such as Journalism, Communications or the Arts, or a minimum of three years of relevant work experience


  • Successful, proven experience as a writer and editor across various channels, including digital and social media
  • Experience preferred: writing speeches, annual reports, op-ed pieces, news releases, statements or submissions to government and/or creative briefs as demonstrated in a portfolio
  • Experience reviewing corporate materials and reports
  • Experience writing about business strategies or corporate or public finance would be a definite asset

Other Candidate Requirements

  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills as demonstrated in clippings, a portfolio or online content

Other Information

  • One year term position with the possibility of permanency or extension.



Employment Equity
Canada Post is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.


Conflict of Interest
The Conflict of Interest Policy prohibits employees from hiring, supervising or reporting to, directly or indirectly via the reporting hierarchy, their immediate family or close personal relations. Should you feel that you may be in an actual or potential Conflict of Interest in regard to this job opportunity, you must communicate with the designated Human Resources representative.


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Important Message
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements as Canada Post cannot make assumptions about your education and experience. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Our Leadership Behaviours 
Decision Making – A champion of the organization who takes calculated risks and makes prudent, common sense decisions about current issues, future opportunities and resource requirements in a timely, well thought out manner that aligns with the corporation's best interests.
Accountability – An individual who strives for performance excellence and who holds him/herself and direct reports accountable for decisions and actions and for learning from mistakes when intended results are not achieved.
Business Orientation – A proactive individual who understands the competitive nature of the business, and is committed to sustaining the business through excellent customer service and new business opportunities.
Execution – A focused and self-motivated individual who acts with a sense of urgency and delivers on time and within budget, by dealing effectively with challenges and ambiguous situations.
Leading People – A compelling communicator and leader who engages, motivates and inspires others to achieve results and who encourages personal growth and finding better ways of doing things. 


Our Values
Canada Post’s corporate values reflect the principles, beliefs and aspirations that guide our behaviour and shape our culture.
Transformation – We will innovate and transform to win in the marketplace.
Customer – We serve Canadians with pride and passion.
Integrity – We act responsibly and with integrity.
Respect – We treat each other with fairness and respect.
Safety – We are committed to a safe and healthy environment for all our stakeholders.

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