Education and Communications Coordinator

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
  • Community Outreach
  • Education: Teaching / Training
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
  • Volunteer Management / Coordination
Part Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Manager (Supervisor of Staff)N/A2019-09-062019-09-22

Education and Communications Coordinator

30 hours/week: $28.38 per hour

About Us:

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) is a feminist, non-profit, charitable organization that provides crisis response, counselling, advocacy, and accompaniment to survivors of sexual violence in all its forms. ORCC also provides public education, organizational training, and public policy input on issues of sexual violence. We support cis and trans women, trans men, two-spirit and gender non-conforming survivors aged 16 and over. We have served survivors in our community since our inception in 1974, as the third Rape Crisis Centre in Canada. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at

General Description

Our Public Educator and Communications Coordinator carries out the centre’s education, external training, and awareness-raising activities as well as community collaborations. Under the direction of the Executive Director (ED), the Public Educator and Communications Coordinator is responsible for maintaining ORCC’s strong public voice as an expert on sexual violence and related issues, overseeing external communications development for a range of audiences, and overseeing and supporting the development and fundraising initiatives for the centre.

A demonstrated and active commitment to the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence is mandatory. The successful applicant will be a high energy, dynamic feminist of diverse experience with superior interpersonal and communications skills. They will be capable of delivering both plain-language and highly nuanced information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of communications tools (e.g. presentations, social media, written/web content, etc.). They will have an accessible style and an easy-going approach, while maintaining an adherence to excellence in outputs and collaboration.

Key Responsibilities

Public Education

  • Create, coordinate, and conduct community public education presentations (e.g. schools, universities, workplaces, social service professionals, etc.)
  • Develop public education materials (pamphlets, web content, peripherals) as needed
  • Represent ORCC on community committees related to education, awareness, and activism
  • Represent ORCC at events (TBTN, Dec 6, IWD, etc.) and as an ally at related public events and forums
  • Promote the centre at community information & volunteer recruitment fairs
  • Respond to individual requests for information on sexual violence issues
  • Collaborate across diverse community organizations to broaden the scope of the ORCC’s reach
  • Identify and respond to the unique needs of different communities of survivors, allies, and wider networks with respect to public education
  • Other duties as determined by the ED


  • Develop & maintain communications guidelines (voice, positions, appeals, campaigns, case for support) collaboratively with the Development and Communications Officer, under the direction of the ED
  • Respond to media requests for interviews, information, etc. on a real-time basis
  • Supervise & support the Development and Communications Officer as well as public education volunteers in developing and delivering ORCC’s external communications, including web content
  • Support the Development and Communications Officer in responding to media requests
  • Develop & execute a social media plan and coverage, alongside Development and Communications Officer, including:
    • Supporting Development and Communications Officer in tracking media on sexual violence and related issues
    • Keeping the ED updated on community themes, trends, gaps in the area of sexual violence and related issues
    • Assisting Development and Communications Officer in the day-to-day monitoring, management, & update of ORCCs web & social media systems (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc.)


  • Supervise the Development and Communications Officer & oversee fundraising and communications activities
  • Supervise and support the Development and Communications Officer in the recruitment, training and support of program volunteers
  • Supervise the management of ORCC’s Annual ‘Break the Cycle’ Spin-A-Thon fundraising event, and assist the Development and Communications Officer in delivering the event
  • Recruit, train, support & supervise public education volunteers according to ORCC priorities
  • As required based on centre need, identify, apply, and oversee grant funding & project management with the support of the ED and the Development and Communications Officer


  • Maintain & submit all program statistics and records and complete monthly program reports
  • Work with the ED to establish and update an annual departmental budget
  • Manage and maintain program expenses for development, communications, and public education within the set budget
  • Meet regularly with the ED, participate in staff/coordinator meetings, represent the centre with stakeholders & in the community, as well as attend the Annual General Meeting
  • Contribute to the upkeep of the centre


  • Extensive knowledge of all forms of sexual violence and its impacts from a feminist, intersectional, anti-racist/anti-oppression lens. Priority will be given to those with demonstrated prior commitment and activities supporting a grassroots feminist perspective on sexual violence
  • Related education and work experience, specifically in communications, public speaking, media relations, and producing promotional materials
  • Demonstrated excellence in written communication
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral communication; must be willing/able to act as the public face of ORCC
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in and familiarity with Microsoft Office, Excel, publishing programs, website maintenance and social media platforms
  • Ability to flex hours according to needs of the agency as well as ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Superior interpersonal & problem-solving skills; strong attention to detail
  • Statistical and data management skills
  • Ability to work collectively from a feminist, power-sharing, empowerment perspective paired with strong ability to work independently
  • Media relations experience an asset
  • Design and graphics background an asset
  • Volunteer and project management experience an asset

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and brief writing sample. ORCC is an equal opportunity employer and we pride ourselves on being inclusive and meeting our obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. If any job candidate requires an accommodation in order to participate in this recruitment process, please feel free to indicate your needs via a separate uploaded document.​

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