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  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Website Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)

Description: NOC Code: 00

Communications and Public Affairs Branch

12-month Contract

File #21-103

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

The Communications & Public Affairs Branch plays an integral role in promoting the OSC’s reputation as an effective and responsive securities regulator. The Branch provides strategic communications advice to ensure the timely and effective communication of OSC priorities, policies and actions across all corporate channels. These include stakeholder engagement, executive remarks, corporate materials, internal communications, media relations, issues management, the OSC Website and intranet, and enterprise social media.

The Senior Public Affairs Specialist plays a key role in providing informed strategic communications counsel by recommending and developing high-quality positioning materials, and taking a lead role in enterprise reputation management.

The Senior Public Affairs Specialist operates at a proactive, independent and senior level, and will work directly with senior subject matter experts and executive management to produce communications plans consistent with the OSC’s overall strategic plan and communications objectives, including the development and implementation of the OSC’s corporate social media strategy.

This exciting opportunity will provide a front row seat to complex and new, emerging policies and decisions that impact the capital markets!

You might be the sort of person who:

•      Is excited by unprecedented situations and developments, and the opportunities these provide for strategic and creative communications

•      Is energized by fast-paced work that changes from day to day

•      Lives and breathes the news

•      Enjoys working as part of an integrated communications team

•      Wants to help shape public perception of major initiatives impacting capital markets

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

•      Anticipate, prepare for and advise OSC executives on best communications strategy for emerging issues and developments impacting Ontario’s capital markets, often related to new policy issues requiring novel, creative thinking.

•      Offer well-informed strategic communications advice and guidance to senior staff and subject matter experts on appropriate strategy for communicating local and national regulatory developments and initiatives.

•      Prepare executives for media interviews, including developing high-quality positioning documents and backgrounders.

•      Effectively represent the OSC and its executive leadership team to the media, market participants and other stakeholders in Ontario, across Canada and globally.

•      Work with Branch colleagues to deliver an integrated approach to communications and public affairs, in particular, on organizational changes, events and initiatives requiring a multi-faceted communications approach.

•      Contribute to the OSC’s enterprise social and digital communications strategy, provide direction to third-party vendors for digital campaigns and oversee social media monitoring efforts designed to quickly identify and mitigate risks to the OSC.



•      Undergraduate degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism or Political Science.

•      Six to eight years of senior media or public affairs experience, including developing communications strategies, in a financial services or government/regulatory environment.

•      Solid, proven knowledge of the Canadian capital markets and securities regulation, including familiarity with the Canadian securities regulatory landscape to understand issues, anticipate and prepare for emerging issues.

•      Completion of the Canadian Securities Course or other related course(s), an asset.

•      Superior writing and editing skills with a strong ability to generate high-quality, technically accurate and concise media products and corporate communications materials for diverse audiences and formats, demonstrating a full understanding of topical securities issues, risks and developing trends.

•      Experience developing, executing and measuring traditional and social media strategies to effectively communicate with stakeholders.

•      Ability to think analytically and act quickly, appreciating the consequences to the organization of actions taken daily and public perception of OSC’s work.

•      Ability to manage and prioritize against competitive deadlines, while staying on top of emerging issues in a proactive and independent fashion.

•      Ability to work with all levels across the organization, and with other regulatory bodies across Canada, to reach consensus on most appropriate strategy.

•      Due to the nature of the work, this role requires availability during non-standard hours.

•      Solid professionalism and complete discretion in handling confidential issues.

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online ( by Friday, January 21, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative < >, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion < >, and Pride at Work Canada < >.


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Job posting end date : 2022-01-21
Job Posting Start Date: 2022-01-06

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