Ontario’s Big City Mayors

Operations and Communications Specialist


Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) is a not-for-profit advocacy and policy development organization. Our membership is comprised of the Mayors responsible for Ontario municipalities housing populations of 100,000 or more – currently there are 29. Collectively, OBCM municipalities represent nearly 70% of Ontario’s population.


OBCM is a powerful voice on issues that directly impact Ontario’s big cities. Through policy development, advocacy, discussion and partnerships, Ontario’s Big City Mayors work with all orders of government, and other municipal sector partners, to help put in place the tools required for strong and effective management of Ontario’s municipalities.


OBCM achieves this through:


  • Forging relationships with federal, provincial and regional governments, municipal organizations such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO)the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and other key stakeholders.
  • Creating working groups focused on policy development in areas that impact municipalities.
  • Meeting with government officials, party leaders and elected representatives to voice the perspective of big cities and collaborating with them to achieve shared goals.
  • Taking public positions on key issues and opportunities that affect big cities.
  • Sharing information, data, research, and resources among members and with other governments, stakeholders, and organizations.
  • Participating in government policy consultation processes as the voice of Ontario’s big cities.
  • Media engagement and a developing social media presence


Mayor Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph, is the current Chair and Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga is the current Vice-Chair.


What will you be doing?


Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for ensuring smooth and efficient daily operations, while supporting the communications and administrative needs of the organization. Priority of responsibilities will shift regularly depending on the cycle of OBCM board meetings, and of advocacy campaigns.


What skills and qualifications do you need?


You should be:

  • Interested in working in the municipal sector
  • A self-starter
  • A strong initiative-taker
  • Trustworthy with a high level of integrity
  • Able to work effectively and autonomously with minimal supervision
  • A strategic and creative thinker
  • Highly computer literate with capability in email, MS Office, communication tools, and social media management
  • Able to pay meticulous attention to detail
  • Highly organized


You should have:

  • Proven experience working in a government or not-for-profit setting, or equivalent
  • A university degree in political science, communications, public relations, or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to complete specific time sensitive projects as they arise
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Clear and effective oral/written/presentation communication skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines


Operational Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordination of bi-monthly OBCM meetings – which occur both virtually and in-person
  • Assisting with agenda and material preparation for OBCM meetings and working groups
  • Data collection
  • Interacting with Mayor’s Offices, CAO’s offices, and their staff, answering questions, and aiding in the resolution of issues.
  • Maintaining policy and procedure documents.
  • Assisting with the implementation of new processes and procedures.
  • Assisting the Executive Director with tracking and reporting on operational performance.


Communications Responsibilities Include:

  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a communications strategy and associated activities using consistent processes, templates and tools which support achievement of OBCM’s strategic directions and organizational priorities.
  • Preparing press releases and suggested media responses
  • Supporting the growth of OBCM’s social media presence
  • Assisting in the preparation of speaking remarks and public messaging when required


Administrative Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsibility for the general email account
  • Proper handling of confidential and privileged information
  • Maintaining current contact information for 29 Member municipalities and Mayor’s Offices.
  • Scheduling of meetings with Mayors Offices, provincial and federal representatives, and other stakeholders as required
  • Scheduling of events
  • General financial administration such as liaising with our bookkeeper and accountant


Further Details:


  • Salary range: $52,000 – $60,000 annually
  • Hours of Work: 40 (with some flexibility for when those hours are worked)
  • You will be provided with the necessary technology
  • This position is mostly remote, with minimal travel to in-person meetings and conferences throughout Ontario (approximately once every two months, majority in the GTHA).