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Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Communications Manager will be responsible for media relations related to the Toronto International Film Festival, and year-round programming as assigned.


  • Manage and oversee all communications and media relations efforts, including strategy and execution, for the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • The person in this role will act as the head of the Festival’s Press Office in 2016 and will oversee: media accreditation, publicist support, seasonal staffing and scheduling of communications activities related to the Festival
  • Organize and oversee press events in the lead up to and during the Festival including press conferences, red carpets and photo calls
  • Write and edit external and internal documents, including communications plans, press releases, key messages, briefing notes and speaking remarks
  • Cultivate relationships with media at the local, national and international levels.
  • Liaise with studios, distributors and external publicists
  • Oversee one full-time direct report as well as a team of 20+ seasonal staff and volunteers during the Festival
  • Manage communications efforts for year-round activities at TIFF Bell Lightbox as assigned

Contract Dates: June 29, 2015 to October 14, 2016 (maternity leave)

Minimum Requirements:

  • A post secondary degree in communications, film or journalism and 7+ years experience
  • Extensive media relations experience, ideally in the arts sector
  • Supervisory, mentoring and/or coaching experience required
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral
  • Established relationships with local, national and international entertainment media outlets and journalists
  • Experience managing media events
  • Exceptional organizational skills, along with a high level of professionalism & diplomacy
  • Ability to handle high pressure situations
  • Proven track record in dealing with high-profile talent
  • Marketing experience an asset
  • Fluency in other languages an asset
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends

Please submit cover letter, résumé and the names and phone numbers of 3 references attached as a PDF or Word document (we do not accept Cloud hosting or File Sharing programs), by 5pm on May 12, 2015 BY EMAIL ONLY

TIFF Email: *Please note Senior Communications Manager in the subject line*

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