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Advisor, Communications

Rio Tinto
April 13, 2021
Job Type


Advisor, Communications

  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Join a leading global company
  • 18-month term position
  • Based in Yellowknife Corporate office with periodic travel to the mine site or communities

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Communications Advisor to assist with the implementation of communications strategies through media, digital, employee and external communications activities to protect and enhance Diavik / Rio Tinto’s reputation.

This is a great opportunity for a creative individual, skilled in research with strong writing skills to establish our closure narrative and be a part of the North’s biggest industry.

In addition to paying competitively and providing great benefits packages, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family. And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible.

Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

Reporting to the Corporate Relations Business Partner and working in a challenging and exciting environment within the Closure team, you will be responsible for:

  • Researching and preparing materials including briefs and presentations
  • Supporting the dissemination of information to internal and external stakeholders and gathering feedback to support ongoing communications
  • Working daily with operational and closure communications to ensure efficient use of communications channels and implementation of the Diavik communication’s strategy
  • Providing general support to the team, helping ensure efficient delivery of the team’s objectives
  • Supporting the closure team in planning and coordinating events, meetings and workshops
  • Providing project support and proactively and consistently managing stakeholder expectations
  • Proactively escalating issues and solutions to the appropriate levels
  • Developing and maintaining a favorable relationship with the surrounding community, actively participating in the local community and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders through strong engagement and communication.

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ professional experience in communications, journalism, marketing or related fields
  • The ability to source information and create compelling, plain language communications materials with succinct topics
  • An understanding of local cultures and the political, economic and social landscape of Canada’s north

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • Career development to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • A competitive compensation
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical programs, pension and savings plans
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you’ll be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Applications close on May 3, 2021 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)

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