Career opportunities - Canadian Nuclear Association

Career opportunities

Director of Communications
Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)

Who We Are

Every year in Canada, nuclear technology helps avoid 80 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by displacing fossil fuels; generates more than $6 billion in revenue; creates more than 76,000 direct and indirect jobs; and supplies 70 per cent of the global supply of cobalt-60, radioisotopes that are used, among other things, to treat cancer. It is a little-known fact that nuclear power is one of the largest contributors to the clean energy mix in Canada, a role that will expand with the next generation of nuclear technologies, small modular reactors.

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is a non-profit organization established in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada. The CNA leads the dialogue among key stakeholders concerning Canada’s nuclear future and acts as the voice of the industry. To this end, CNA offers a range of services including regulatory and government affairs, research and policy development, marketing and awareness and industry coordination. You can find out more about the CNA on this website.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Director of Communications to lead our public relations, marketing and member communications efforts, helping to guide the narrative during this dynamic and changing time for the industry. Reporting directly to the Vice-President, the Director will be responsible for developing our corporate communication strategy, budget, and overseeing a small team of communications subject matter experts. The Director will be a key member of the senior management team and will collaborate closely with other senior staff to develop and promote CNA’s corporate principles, values, strategic priorities and programs. The CNA is undergoing a refurbishment and we would love for you to bring your ideas and experience to help us in our internal transformation efforts.

What You Will Do

As the successful candidate you will:

  • Advise the President and CEO, Board of Directors and Committees on communications trends, strategies and opportunities.
  • Lead development and implementation of a CNA external and member outreach communications program based on CNA’s Strategic Plan and accompanying Business Plan.
  • Support CNA Board Committees, including the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and Communications Committee, in the completion of their mandate.
  • Represent CNA at public events, meetings and outreach activities, and act as a spokesperson as required.
  • Develop quality control procedures to ensure the factual accuracy of all communications products and outreach work.
  • Develop the communication strategic plan in support of CNA’s Strategic Priorities. Prioritize programs for media relations, issues management, social media, membership engagement and external communication platforms.
  • Implement the Communications program & budget, including accountability for budget management, expenditures, oversight of contracts, expenditures, partnerships, consultants, sponsorships and administrative matters under the Communications program and workplan.
  • Utilize results-based and performance management to assess the effectiveness of communication programs. Provide regular updates on program results to the Board and senior management team and take corrective actions as necessary.
  • Build effective working relationships with all staff, members and stakeholders.
  • Manage and support staff in the Communications department; participate in CNA hiring processes.

What We Are Looking For

  • It’s important that you have a university degree in communications, journalism, marketing or a related field. Candidates with equivalent experience will also be considered. For this role, you must have seven to ten years of communications experience, including at a management level. You need highly developed verbal and written communications and facilitative skills in both official languages preferred. What is really important to us is your constant commitment to values that define a leader and a good manager, such as honesty, transparency, forthrightness, sensitivity to others, and the highest standards of integrity in all areas, including human and financial management.

The following items describe important experience and competency areas you will have demonstrated in your current or previous roles in order to be successful in this role:

  • Experience in developing and implementing corporate communications strategies and programs with a proven track record in project management.
  • Able to develop, manage and create web-based communications for purposes of engaging members, the media, the public and government.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships and networks with key internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong business sense, efficient and effective, coupled with strong organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and work under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated passion to lead and motivate staff, members and stakeholders, and to deliver results through performance, evaluation and reporting tools.
  • The ability to listen to others and to make complex and difficult decisions and recommendations, sometimes under time constraints.

It would be great if you had the following as we consider these as an asset:

  • Past work experience in industry or non-for-profit organizations and associations
  • Experience in one or more policy fields such as energy, science and technology, public safety and security, economic development and/or health

What We Have To Offer You

  • Generous and flexible vacation
  • Work-life balance
  • Flexible hours
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • December holiday shutdown
  • Regular all staff meetings with CEO
  • Regular social and team-building get-togethers for all team members — virtual during COVID-19
  • Free refreshments during the day — Coffee/tea/hot chocolate/purified water and lunch from time to time
  • Competitive base salary and incentive
  • Group Retirement Savings Plan — % employer-matched contribution from Day 1
  • Competitive benefits package including medical/vision care/dental insurance/paramedical
  • Life + Long Term Disability insurance
  • Downtown underground parking

Please submit your cover letter and résumé to:

The CNA is committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please contact Sue Kavanagh at in confidence and provide notice in advance if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.