Communications Coordinator

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Dying With Dignity Canada
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)$48,000 - 53,0002019-01-112019-02-01

Are you a born storyteller with a knack for crisp, vivid prose? Do you want to leverage your writing skills and digital savvy to help Canadians learn more about —and ultimately, protect — their hard-won human rights? If so, we may have the job opportunity for you!

Dying With Dignity Canada is looking for a Communications Coordinator to support our education and human-rights advocacy programs.

 

About Dying With Dignity Canada

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is the national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, defending end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering. DWDC has a four-part mandate:

  • We work to ensure that Canada’s assisted dying rules comply with the Canadian Constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • We expose and break down unfair barriers facing suffering Canadians who wish to access their right to medical assistance in dying.
  • We provide support to people who are navigating their legal end-of-life options, and to their loved ones and health care providers.
  • We educate Canadians about advance care planning and their legal end-of-life rights and options, including palliative care and medical assistance in dying.

 

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the successful candidate will:

  • In consultation with the CEO, the COO and other communications staff, work collaboratively to lead the planning and production of DWDC’s main print publications, including the organization’s newsletters and annual reports;
  • In consultation with the Director of Major Donor Gifts and Planned Giving and the Fund Development Officer, write compelling fundraising letters that highlight the vital importance of DWDC’s work and motivate our supporters to take action;
  • Produce thoughtful, engaging digital content for DWDC’s website, including quick-hit news updates, in-depth analyses on end-of-life issues and personal profiles of inspirational Canadians in our movement;
  • Write and edit mass email communications to supporters on our mailing list;
  • Liaise with volunteers who want to contribute to DWDC’s print publications or our blog;
  • Post updates to DWDC’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, always keeping in mind the organization’s brand, voice and the expectations of our audience;
  • Help maintain the website by updating or replacing material that would otherwise become obsolete, and make tweaks to improve the website’s search-engine ranking;
  • Assist in the development and execution of our digital education, advocacy and fundraising campaigns;
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

 

Personal values and traits

The successful candidate will be passionate about defending Canadians’ end-of-life rights, including the right to medical assistance in dying. If you believe that competent, grievously ill individuals should be allowed to die in peace with the help of a medical practitioner, then we strongly encourage you to apply.  

In addition, our staff members often communicate with severely ill and vulnerable Canadians who are weighing their end-of-life options or with the loved ones of individuals whose wish for a peaceful death was never realized. As a result, the successful candidate will be a strong active listener who consistently demonstrates compassion, humility and the utmost discretion in their interactions with others.

 

Education, skills and other requirements

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will thrive in a tight-knit, highly collaborative office environment. Many of our best ideas emerge “in the huddle,” so we’re looking for a candidate who will add their own spark to the existing team dynamic. This position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or diploma in journalism, professional communication or another relevant discipline;
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills;
  • Two to five years’ experience working in journalism, non-profit communications or a related field;
  • Knowledge of CP Style;
  • Strong familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube;
  • Basic photo-editing and video-editing skills.

 

The following would be considered assets:

  • Working knowledge of Adobe applications including Photoshop Elements, InDesign and Premiere Elements;
  • Knowledge of advance care planning, patient rights and the history of the right-to-die movement in Canada;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Familiarity with Google AdWords;
  • Fluency in French.

The compensation package for this position includes competitive health-benefits and RRSP-matching programs.

 

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resumé and two writing samples of 800 words or fewer. We will be accepting applications until end of day on Friday, February 1 but will be reviewing them on a rolling basis.  All short-listed applicants will be given a hands-on test of their writing skills. If you do not have excellent writing skills, please do not apply.

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