Action Canada is Hiring a Communications Officer!

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Who we are

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and globally. To achieve our mission, Action Canada engages in health promotion, legal and policy advocacy, campaigns, and movement-building.  

We believe in a world where every person controls their sexuality, reproduction, gender expression, and health. In our fight for sexual and reproductive rights for all, Action Canada challenges the systems that create unequal access to information, health care, and rights. 

For more information, visit actioncanadashr.org.   

Who You Are 

You are an experienced communications person who is both creative and practical with a strong eye for detail and design, excellent editing and writing skills, experience repackaging content for diverse audiences, and broad communications experience in the non-profit sector or within grassroots activism. You are a team player and are excited to work within a small but influential organization. You are not intimidated by change or a fast-paced working environment and welcome the opportunity to work on multiple projects across teams, helping to build creative strategies and practical solutions from the ground up. 

Position Overview  

We are currently hiring a full-time Communications Officer to be based out of our Ottawa office or remotely within Ontario.  

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Officer will create, repackage, coordinate, and disseminate the external communications of the organization, including social media, newsletters, media releases, and campaign materials. The Officer will be part of a collaborative team strategically connecting our communications and campaigns to all aspects of Action Canada’s work and the work of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of national and regional organizations to which Action Canada is secretariat, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. 

Responsibilities 

The Officer will: 

  • Lead on the development of feminist and human rights messaging on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to connect and mobilize diverse audiences. 

  • Write, edit, repackage, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website copy, annual reports, speeches, and other material that communicates project activities, analysis, updates, and events. 

  • Support the development and sharing of SRHR policy briefs, fact sheets, and other communications materials – making complex human rights and feminist information publicly accessible and engaging. 

  • Support the external communications of the Sexual Rights Initiative, including contributing to the development of a digital strategy. 

  • Engage in cross-team collaborative campaign development to link domestic and global SRHR advocacy. 

  • Coordinate with external contractors and vendors, such as translators, design firms, and production houses. 

  • Participate in cross-team meetings to develop communications and engage in knowledge translation that reflects the work of the projects, campaigns, and policy teams, acting as a communications lead on key projects with programmatic staff. 

  • Represent the organization at meetings with project stakeholders and act as a liaison on project outputs. 

  • Monitor and evaluate key metrics for assessing online success and project success, and provide regular results reports with recommendations. 

Basic Qualifications:  

  • Education or equivalent experience in a related field such as communications, marketing, design, public policy, or human rights. 

  • Minimum of 3 years communications experience, preferably in a non-profit, charitable, activist, or civil society organization. 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills and demonstrated experience with a diverse range of communications mediums for a variety of audiences. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive principles and practices 

  • Strong computer skills, including with online conferencing tools (Zoom), project management (Asana), cloud-based document management (Dropbox, SharePoint), and Microsoft Office. 

  • Experience working with web analytics and reporting tools (e.g., Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics). 

  • Competence in managing self-directed work and an ability to work collaboratively on multiple projects across teams in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround and remote team members. 

  • Knowledge of and commitment to Action Canada’s mission and values. 

Additional Requirements and Assets: 

  • Commitment to and demonstrated effectiveness working as part of a participatory, cross-professional team; ability to develop strong working relationships with coworkers. 

  • An engaged, motivated, problem-solver with a love of learning.   

  • Experience in communications for policy and human rights organizations is an asset. 

  • Knowledge of global advocacy and/or international human rights mechanisms is an asset. 

  • Flexible and adaptive, able to respond quickly and effectively to changing circumstances. 

  • Ability to upload and organize website content. Experience with Drupal is an asset. 

  • Basic competency in design software (i.e., Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite) is required. Graphic design skills are an asset. 

  • French oral and writing skills considered a strong asset. 

  • Spanish oral and writing skills considered an asset. 

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada. 

Hiring Process and Timeline

Deadline to submit your CV, Cover letter and 3 writing samples is 15 October 2021 midnight EDT. Please ensure all three components are submitted; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You may submit writing samples as word documents or links to original communications materials that showcase your work. The hiring process will include a one-hour panel interview to take place over video conference. Ideally, we would like to have the position filled by early November. 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $52,500 to $60,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.  

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with full benefits, paid holidays, and RRSP employer matching contributions. We work to maintain a work-life balance and provide flexible work arrangements where possible. The position will be based out of Action Canada’s Ottawa office or remotely within Ontario. If the successful candidate is not based in Ottawa, they will be considered Ottawa-based but work under a Remote Work Agreement. 

To Apply

Send your cover letter, CV, and 3 writing samples in a single document to: [email protected] with the subject line: Communications Officer– [Your Last Name]. You may submit your original, unedited writing samples as word or PDF documents or links to communications materials that showcase your work. 1 of the 3 writing samples may be in French. 

Recognizing that we are facing an unprecedented and unusual time, we have adjusted our hiring processes. At this time, all staff at Action Canada are working from home, and the interviewing and on-boarding process will occur remotely. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has caused disruptions to many lives and people may require additional accommodations.   

Action Canada is committed to working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities, and from members of other equity-seeking groups. We welcome applications from people living with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process.  

We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. 

Posted on 2021-09-23
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