Head of Communications & Public Affairs

Toronto, ON

Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule

Job Description

As a member of the Global Communications & Public Affairs team, you will work cross-functionally to help communicate with journalists and other thought leaders; devise specific communications materials and campaigns; engage in face-to-face meetings with commentators and other opinion formers; and develop print and web-based material supporting these campaigns. We're looking for great communicators who can understand complex issues and explain them in person and also via well written, simple blog posts, FAQs, video scripts and more.

As Head of Communications for Canada, you are a great communicator capable of understanding complex issues and explaining them in person and via well-written, simple blog posts, FAQs, video scripts, and more. As a leader, you will keep the team on track with the overall strategy, giving them direction when it comes to specific product and business decisions. You will also provide communications support for executives.

We help inform and educate users, advertisers, partners, opinion leaders--and our own employees--about the benefits of Google's products, our distinctive company culture/values and our approach to the big public policy issues of the day. You are quick-witted, entrepreneurial and intellectually curious. To succeed in this role, you are willing to try new things and can manage numerous projects with tight deadlines. Things happen quickly at Google, and to do great work, you need to be an enthusiastic team player who can work cross-functionally with partners across PR, comms, marketing, product and beyond.


Lead the team that is responsible for all internal and external communications activities for Google in Canada.
Collaborate with Google Canada Leadership, Google Engineering, Product, Sales, Marketing, and Partnership teams to create compelling communications strategies and stories about our products for users and partners.
Develop close, productive relationships with journalists, social influencers, product reviewers, and our key partners in Canada.
Develop written materials, including story pitches, messaging guidelines, press releases, Q&As, presentations, and speeches.
Train and provide advice to company officials for press conferences, media interviews, internal presentations, and trade presentations. Manage a PR agency to help support day-to-day inquiries, special projects, and events.


Job Requirements
Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.
14 years of communications experience in a political, business, media, or non-profit environment.
Experience in people management.

Preferred qualifications:

Professional work experience in Canada and familiarity with the media landscape.
Ability to think, plan, and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion, while operating in ambiguous settings.
Ability to work with colleagues in different countries and understand cultural differences.
Ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in fast-paced environments.
Ability to develop, progress, and own issues, programs and campaigns autonomously.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to speak and write in French Canadian fluently and idiomatically.