Communications Assistant (1 FTE): Contract to March 31, 2021
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 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the North West Local Health Integration Network, 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.
Working closely with the CEO and Senior leadership team, the Communications Assistant is a self-starter who is able to implement a comprehensive communications plan. The Communications Assistant will participate in internal communications activities as well as 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.
- Prepare press releases and coordinate the publishing of articles in local newspapers.
- Develop and implement communication strategies to support recruitment efforts.
- Execute front-line responsibilities of the communications plan through streamlining use of branding materials, creating, disseminating and monitoring 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.
- Support program evaluation activities including data compilation, review, analysis and presentation as needed.
- Support internal communications tools such as organizational intranet, client screens/surveys.
- 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.
- Promote awareness of and participation in Centre activities.
- May be required to work evenings and weekends.
- On occasion, 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
- Appreciation of the challenges facing our community and commitment to diversity
- Graphic design experience (asset)
- Ability to speak and write French or additional language (asset)
- Experience with media relations (asset)
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The deadline for applicants is September, 25, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and three work reference contacts to:
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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