We’re Hiring – Communications Manager

Applications Closed

About Us

pipikwan pêhtâkwan is an Indigenous owned and operated company focused on elevating Indigenous voices and their stories. We are committed to meaningful, transparent engagement, ongoing dialogue and communication with our clients, communities and stakeholders. pipikwan pêhtâkwan believes in empowering Indigenous Peoples to share their projects, issues and initiatives with mainstream media and the general public. pipikwan pêhtâkwan has created an impactful team who brings a much leaded lens to public relations. Majority of our team identifies as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour.

At pipikwan pêhtâkwan we pride ourselves as helpers who understand the barriers and know the language that resonates with our peoples. We collaborate with our partners to build communications strategies that work for Indigenous communities. We are guided by our vision, mission and values as we engage existing and new clients.

Our Vision

Indigenous communities sharing their truths and stories as equals.

Our Mission

Amplify Indigenous voices and experiences in the media and to the general public.

Our Values

We are sustainable.
We are courageous.
We are humble.
We are transformational.
We share our strengths.
We are accessible.

Workplace Culture

We are committed to positively working together to create a healthy and safe environment where employees feel supported and fulfilled. We work together while guided by the following principals:

High Quality Work.

Role Introduction

Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Manager will work remotely while collaboratively contributing to meaningful work with our clients. You will be responsible for providing senior professional communications counsel to clients and managing a team in coordination with the Communications Director. As a senior communications professional, you will be expected to work independently and with a team to provide hands-on, strategic communications advice and planning on various clients’ projects and ensure the implementation of high-quality deliverables.

The position will work remotely with daily supervision and development including regular video-conference meetings, ongoing virtual team messaging/chat tools, emails, and telephone calls.

Typical Workday

  • Provide strategic communications advice, ideas, direction and support to the agency’s clients for internal and external communications, media relations, brand management, digital communications and crisis management.
  • Develop strategic and tactical communications strategies for local and national stakeholders that promote, enhance and protect brand reputation. Identify emerging issues and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Delegate and manage execution of tasks and deliverables to support the needs of various projects and portfolios.
  • Provide communication guidance, editing and feedback for all external communications.
  • Ensure overall proper planning, leadership, coordination and assessment of campaigns, media events, public events, presentations, conferences, announcements, information sessions and other events.
  • Ensure strategic planning and execution of social media strategies, community management and content development for websites, social media channels including Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, podcasts, webinars or webcasts, vlogs, graphic and social media assets, etc. Advise on digital media strategies such as online media buying, GoogleAds and SEO.
  • Ensure the production of high-end, high-quality deliverables, both written and visual, for all communications platforms including news releases, pitches, Q&As, speaking notes, memos, feature stories, reports, speeches, newsletters, alerts, webcasts, announcements
  • Develop effective working relationships with clients, staff and a wide range of external stakeholders, service providers and industry peers.
  • Manage a small team of communications professionals and their projects. Working with ClickUp to track hours, timelines and project notes – you will work with the Director of Communications to manage the team’s skill development, capacity and day to day reporting.

Role composition

  • Strategy – 30%
  • People leader and project management – 40%
  • Tactical – 30%



  • More than 5 years of directly related experience in communications, public relations, marketing, business or related discipline. Multi-sector and/or international experience is an asset.
  • A public relations, marketing or business related discipline diploma, university degree or masters

Work Environment

  • Remote work opportunity.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Shared co-working spaces available in Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Regular supervision and development available via regular video-conference meetings, virtual team messaging/chat tools, emails and telephone calls.

Benefits & Retention

  • Monday – Thursday schedule.
  • 12 paid holidays.
  • Health Spending Account.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement.
  • Monthly home internet reimbursement.


Full Time

Salary Expectation

$65,000 - $75,000

Additional Information

As this agency is focused on working with Indigenous communities, preference will be given to Indigenous or persons of colour or people with extensive experience working with Indigenous communities.

Deadline for applications is
May 23, 2023

Candidates must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada under relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Please submit your cover letter and up-to-date resume as a Word or PDF to shawnakay@pipikwanpehtakwan.com referencing Communications Manager in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for your interest however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.