Political Communications Officer

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canada Employment & Immigration Union (CEIU)
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
  • Writing / Editorial / Translation
Part Time
  • Ontario
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
Experienced (Non-manager)$59 - 632019-08-132019-08-27

Employment Type:            Up to 12-month term with possibility of extension with a minimum of 25 hours a week, excluded

 

Employment Equity:

The CEIU as an Employment Equity employer encourages applications from equity group members. CEIU is committed to the hiring of qualified candidates from the following equity groups as defined by CEIU/COPE: women, racially visible, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, persons with disabilities, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons.

 

Purpose of the Position:

The Political Communications Officer will support our internal and external communications strategies, writes and disseminates publicity material, responds to inquiries from the public and media, and coordinate promotional events.

The Political Communications Officer provides political and communications advice, assistance and support to the National President in his or her role as the political voice for CEIU as well as for members of the National Executive (NE)

The incumbent is responsible for the maintenance of CEIU’s social media, develops newsletters for members internally, writes briefing notes and speeches for the National President.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

Reporting to the National President, the Political Communications Officer will:

  • Collaborate with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy based on our target audiences;
  • Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates the organization's activities, products and/or services;
  • Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews, and act as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists, politicians and maintain a media database.
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the reputation of the brand, and coordinate publicity events as required.
  • Maintains and updates CEIU’s social media accounts
  • Develops newsletters for members internally
  • Writes briefing notes and speeches for the National President.
  • Maintain records of media coverage and collate analytics and metrics.
  • Manage conflict as it arises and escalate to management.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field;
  • Minimum of 2 - 5 years' relevant experience in a communications role;
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software (InDesign/Photoshop);
  • Deep understanding of labour priorities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Previous experience in handling political lobbying;
  • Proficiency in design and publishing software;
  • Good time management and organizational skills;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems, and social media platforms;
  • Experience handling a press conference;
  • Ability to pitch to media;
  • An ability to work on big strategy plans as well as day-to-day tasks;
  • Ability to think both creatively and strategically;
  • Ability to run PR campaigns that deliver measurable results and meet objectives;
  • Deadline-oriented, inquisitive, with great follow-up and reporting skills;
  • Creativity in securing coverage and buzz with traditional outlets;
  • Understanding of social media and solid experience working with bloggers;
  • Project and budget management skills;
  • Responds well under pressure with strict time limit;
  • Quick and enthusiastic learner.

 

Competencies:

  • Responding to requests for information release or press conference from the media or designating a spokesperson or source of information;
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with consumer, community, employee, and public interest groups;
  • Writing press releases and other media communications to promote clients;
  • Planning or directing the development of programs to maintain favorable public and stockholder views of the organization's agenda and accomplishments;
  • Coaching client representatives in effective communication with the public and employees;
  • Studying the organization's objectives, promotional policies, and needs to build public relations strategies that influence public opinion and promote products, ideas, and services;
  • Preparing and editing organizational publications, including employee newsletters or stockholders' reports, for internal and external audiences;
  • Updating and maintaining Web content;
  • Conferring with managers to identify trends and group interests and providing advice on business decisions.

 

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) and their resume (no more than 3 pages) detailing how their work experience and qualifications relate to this position as this will provide the basis for interview selection.

Conditions and benefits, excluding pay rates, as negotiated between the Canada Employment & Immigration Union and COPE will apply.

 

We thank all interested candidates however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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