Communications Assistant - 1 FTE
One of a network of over 75 provincial community health centres, the NorWest Community Health Centres is a community based, non-profit organization funded by Ontario Health, emphasizing access to primary health care and prevention programs and services.
We are currently seeking a 1 FTE Communications Assistant, who as a valuable member of the Community Health Centre team will provide communications assistance to the Thunder Bay, Armstrong and Longlac sites.
The position has the Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan and an excellent group health benefit package.
Working closely with the leadership team, the Communications Assistant is a self-starter who is able to implement a comprehensive communications plan, support internal communications activities, public relations and social media activities. Efforts will result in standardization of organizational communications materials, integration and centralization of communication, customization for specialized audiences, and promotion of NorWest Community Health Centres.
- Coordinate the implementation of the Communications Plan, including monitor the achievement of operational objectives.
- Develop, write, and distribute all-staff communications and provide writing support for web and social media content, including news releases, funding proposals, speaking notes and other written materials as required.
- Support internal communications tools such as organizational intranet, client screens/surveys.
- Create, disseminate and monitor standardization of communications materials including uploading website and social media content, creating videos, branding materials, forms, written materials for internal and external use.
- Support media relations, conduct public/media relations support, lead meetings, provide direction and leadership for events.
- Work with team members to ensure compliance with the French Language Services Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (communications portion), health equity principles and other relevant legislation.
- Develop and implement communication strategies to support recruitment efforts.
- Promote and demonstrate through example the mission, values, and culture of NorWest Community Health Centres.
- Ensure consistent application of relevant NorWest Community Health Centres policies and procedures including provincial and federal privacy laws. Support program policy and procedure development as needed.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
- Maintain competence through participation in training appropriate to the position.
- May be required to work evenings and weekends.
- Perform other temporary duties may be required.
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (e.g. communications, marketing, business).
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in a communications role, or 5 years related experience
- Demonstrated knowledge of communications as it relates to large, interdisciplinary, multi-program organizations.
- Experience updating websites, using social media (Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) as a marketing/communications tool, developing press releases, video creation, and publications (i.e. annual reports).
- Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including high attention to detail and demonstrated experience with public speaking.
- Self-starter with effective time management and organizational skills, and a proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Proficiency with MS Office applications and other relevant software.
- Ability to build teams and collaborative relationships, foster an environment of innovation, problem-solve and apply conflict resolution skills.
- Experience managing online campaigns, newsletters and distribution lists
- Awareness of and sensitivity to health issues particularly within populations who face barriers to accessing care (under housed, living with mental health challenges or diagnoses, current or past substance use, complex health histories, 2SLGBTQI+, newcomers, non-insured).
- Graphic design experience (asset).
- Ability to speak and write French or additional language (asset).
- Experience with media relations (asset).
- Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and ability to travel to other sites.
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The deadline for applicants is Friday, April 16, 2021.
This position will remain open until filled.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and three work reference contacts to:
NWCHC’s is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We are an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.
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