Director of Communications and Public Relations

One Drop

Montreal, QC, CA

ONE DROP—an ambitious, agile and dynamic non-profit organization created in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil—strives to ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever. As an emerging leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH), ONE DROP significantly and sustainably improves the living conditions of developing communities worldwide through innovative projects aimed at providing better access to water. To learn more, visit
A mission of this magnitude calls for extraordinary measures taken by exceptional people, and no challenge is too great for the decision makers at ONE DROP. Charting paths through unfamiliar territory and inspiring people around them, they are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities within today’s challenges. You are one of these leaders. With your energy, passion and purpose, you motivate people around you and inspire them with the clarity of vision, optimism, and ambition to turn dreams into reality. And your success speaks for itself. 
One Drop is looking for a creative person, recognized for his qualities of communicator, his strategic sense, his leadership, his network and his discernment to ensure the direction of communications and corporate public relations. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and within his Office, the incumbent will ensure the good reputation of the Foundation through proactive leadership in corporate public interventions. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate communications and public relations strategy. The candidate has a great experience for strategic communications planning. He works in close collaboration with the members of the management committee and directs the people under his responsibility. 
Main Duties and Responsibilities 
– Based on the Foundation’s objectives, strategic orientations and annual operational plan, develop the communications, public and media relations strategy; 
-Help develop and implement integrated communication plans in collaboration with the various departments; 
-Ensure the management and coordination of communication activities to promote One Drop that meet the highest quality standards; –
-Oversee corporate media relations and ensure that the Foundation’s good name is upheld in both traditional and social media. Determine the direction to follow for communications on the website and corporate social networks; 
-Manage the media crisis communication plan; participate in the risk assessment process by identifying risks that could affect public affairs. Develop and implement communication mitigation strategies accordingly; 
-Ensure the visibility and notoriety of the Foundation with existing and new partners, and particularly with specialist audiences that are active in the international development sector; 
-Monitor all media as well as the release of documents; coordinate corporate press events and other relevant acti-vities; 
-Identify communication opportunities to promote One Drop’s expertise in the international development sector; 
-Organize the Foundation’s knowledge to share in the form of publications, conferences and training platforms; 
-Act as the Foundation’s spokesperson for the media when necessary. Ensure the training of the Foundation’s spokespersons and coordinate their actions (development of communication material, including speeches and presentations); 
-Direct the design of communication tools for the Foundation’s various target audiences, which include implementing partners for our international projects, specialized audiences and the general public (corporate brochures, annual reports, internal and external press releases, presentations, etc.), excluding fundraising initiatives; 
-Establish a corporate memory (conservation of the Foundation’s press reviews, videos, photos and programs, etc.); 
-Prepare budget forecasts and monitor spending against the budget for the communications department; 
-Assess the effectiveness of communications and public relations programs and activities and report the results periodically to the Management Committee; 
-Supervise and lead the Communications team; 
-Guide the work of colleagues in matters of communications on a daily and long-term basis; 
-Manage all external service providers by ensuring the quality of services rendered and work submitted; 
-Keep abreast of the latest trends in communications (online and social media use, among others) as well as advances made in the Foundation’s areas of activity. 
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 
-University degree in Communications or a related field; 
-At least 10 years of experience in communications, public relations or public affairs; 
-Significant experience working for an organization in the international development sector; 
-Excellent knowledge of social media and information technology; 
-Experience in crisis management communication; 
-Strong ability to develop a strategic vision and provide the necessary leadership to implement it, as well as a keen sense of business development; 
-In-depth and current knowledge of public and government relations, communications and issues; 
-Superior written and oral skills in both French and English, ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences in a variety of contexts; 
Additional skills required
-Methodical, analytical and capable of synthesizing; 
-Fine strategist and diplomat; comfortable with sensitive political situations and able to cope with ambiguity; 
-Disciplined, well organized and rigorous approach to work; 
-Ability to establish relationships easily with various types of clientele and to mobilize colleagues; 
-Ability to work under pressure; 
-Great ability to work independently and shows a lot of initiative.