Job Advertisement - Legal Communications Officer

Closing date: June 5, 2017.

Place of work:  Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Period of employment:  One (1) year with possibility of extension and/or indeterminate appointment
Occupational group and level:  IS-05
Salary:  $84,658 to $91,328 (Salary under review)
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad
Selection process number:  17-SUC-EA-1976

Work environment

The Supreme Court of Canada is Canada’s final court of appeal.  It serves Canadians by deciding legal issues of public importance, thereby contributing to the development of all branches of law applicable within Canada.  According to the most recent public service employee surveys, the Supreme Court of Canada is one of the best places to work in the federal public service.

The Legal Communications Officer works in close collaboration with the Supreme Court of Canada’s Executive Legal Officer and with the Court’s Communications Service. The principal activities of this position consist of preparing and revising plain language public summaries of the Court’s decisions, speechwriting support, preparing content for the Court’s website and social media platforms, and providing strategic communications advice to the Executive Legal Officer.

How to apply

Candidates must submit:

  1. A cover letter in 3,000 words (maximum) comprising concrete and detailed examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet each of the education and experience requirements listed in the essential qualifications and, if applicable to you, the asset qualifications section.
  2. A curriculum vitae.

All applications must be sent to by June 5th, 2017.

Essential qualifications


A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Note: At the manager’s discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, may serve as an alternative to the minimum education standard.


Recent1 and significant2 experience writing and editing communications products for various public audiences (for example news releases and backgrounders, media lines, speeches, social media content).

Recent1 and significant2 experience providing strategic communications advice and recommendations to senior officials.

Experience building collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of internal or external stakeholders.

Asset qualifications

Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from a recognized Canadian university or its equivalent.
Experience in writing and editing communications products related to the law or the courts.

Additional qualifications (to be assessed at a later date):

Language requirements

Language Profile: Bilingual Imperative - CCC/CCC
You must be able to work in English and in French (Reading, Writing and Oral proficiency).
Information on language requirements


Knowledge of the Supreme Court of Canada and its mandate.
Knowledge of social media platforms and techniques for public outreach.


Ability to effectively communicate in writing.
Ability to effectively communicate orally.
Ability multi-task and meet tight deadlines.

Personal suitability

Interpersonal skills
Attention to Detail

Operational requirements

Willingness to work overtime on short notice.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the organization in a timely manner of any accommodation measures that should be taken to ensure your access in a fair and equitable manner.  Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all those who apply.

Questions may be directed to:



1- Recent experience is defined as experience gained during the last two (2) years.

2- Significant experience is defined as experience associated with having performed a broad range of related activities which could normally be acquired over a period of approximately two or more years.