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STARS Career Opportunity

Communications Director

Location: Calgary base

Closing Date: Oct 30, 2013

Reporting to the CEO, the Director Communications is a key influencer and participant in the leadership team of the organization. While most communicators dream of being “at the table”, this is one of those rare jobs where that is a complete reality!

Leading a team of eight communicators in three provinces, the Director is accountable for communications strategy, implementation and evaluation for the organization as a whole, including the STARS Foundation – the organization’s fundraising arm.

In addition to developing strategic communications plans, the Director has a strong personal role in championing the STARS brand, providing advice and counsel to the CEO, leading communications in support of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, managing issues and crisis response, supporting selected employee communication efforts and developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders.

This is a special job. And, we’re looking for a special person to fill it. That person is a senior communications professional with well-developed skills and the right mix of experience, maturity and influencing skills.

Qualifications include:

 A degree in communications (or directly related degree) plus at least 10 years of professional communications experience. A master’s degree and/or professional accreditation (ABC or APR) are also highly desirable.  At least three years of team leadership and experience managing the entire communications function.  Demonstrated influencing skills in providing advice and counsel to senior leaders.  Evidence of strategic communications planning with a clear eye on business goals.  Focused marketing communications expertise and/or experience communicating for fundraising organizations.  Demonstrated skills in media relations, issues management, crisis communications, and employee communications.  Experience with championing brand integrity across an organization.  In addition to these hard skills, we’re looking for a keen business sense, well-developed political acumen, creativity, a collaborative approach and an understanding of all of the communications tools (including new media) available to professionals.

If you’ve been hankering for a new challenge in an organization you can really get passionate about, we hope you’ll throw your hat in the ring.

We offer a competitive salary based on education and experience, as well as an excellent organization-paid benefit package with a matched RRSP program.

More importantly, you will be a key member of the STARS organization and a link in our ability to execute our mission of saving lives safely within the chain of survival.

To explore this opportunity further, please submit your resume to by end of day Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Additional information

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While we thank everyone for their interest, we are only able to contact applicants selected for an interview. You are encouraged to watch for future opportunities by checking

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a charitable non-profit organization that provides a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for critically ill and injured patients.

STARS is a well recognized leader in critical patient care, rapid transportation, and emergency medical training and education. We have a unique model of community, corporate and government support that has led to an exemplary record of excellence in patient care and continuous innovation.

STARS has flown more than 27,000 missions since 1985, and operates from six bases across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.