Media Engagement Specialist

MS2 Media Specialist 2


Department of Finance

Communication & Engagement

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 39576

Salary(s):   MS2 $65,288.00 - $82,064.00 per year

Closing Date:   July 29, 2022

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

This is a preference competition. All applicants are encouraged to apply, however first consideration for this competition will be given to Indigenous people and persons with disabilities. Applicants are requested to self-declare at the time of application.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

Communications and Engagement is the central government division dedicated to engaging Manitobans in the work of government by delivering the message of government policy and programs to staff, the media and the public in dynamic, effective ways; advancing openness and transparency across government, and increasing engagement and participation in the decision-making process.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must provide and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.


  • Post-secondary degree in political science, business administration, communications, public administration. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered. 
  • Experience developing and editing a variety of communication materials, such as the news media in a public relations / media engagement environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience building effective working relationships, consulting and negotiating with critical stakeholders such as the news media, the public, government officials, educational institutions and/or student groups.
  • Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information through the use of sound judgment and political acumen. 
  • Ability to work with  legislation, policy, and data including researching, providing analysis and recommendations to stakeholders.
  • Excellent written communication skills and experience assisting professionals to produce documents that convey complex, technical content in an easy to understand, creative manner.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to actively listen and convey ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • The ability to manage competing priorities and timelines in a fast paced, results driven environment.

Reporting to the Manager of Media Engagement, Media Engagement Specialists play a central role in the government’s media engagement practice. The Unit is accountable for the effective engagement of the media, notably the Manitoba Legislature Press Gallery, providing support to the Premier, ministers and government officials at press conferences and events, in responding to media inquiries and in making announcements. Working closely with media relations and issues management staff in the Premier’s Office, the Unit plays a central role in ensuring open government and transparency through media engagement. Specialists are responsible for responding to media inquiries and work in a high-intensity, fast-paced role that requires precision, attention to detail, political acuity and strong interpersonal skills.

Apply to:

Advertisement # 39576
Service Centre 3
Human Resource Services
600-155 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, MB , R3C 3H8
Phone:  204-945-8819
Fax: 204-948-3382


Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions for represented positions may be grieved by internal represented applicants. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor's representative. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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