Communications Officer (Media and Campaign support)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The Council of Canadians
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Experienced (Non-manager)$60,000 - 65,0002019-07-112019-07-28
Communications Officer (Media and Campaign support)

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, with more than 100,000 supporters, a network of volunteer chapters, a national office in Ottawa and four regional offices. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and a vibrant democracy. The Council is looking for a Communications Officer.

Under the general direction of the Director of Communications, the Communications Officer (Media and Campaign Support) is responsible for implementing the Council’s media strategy, as well as supporting the work of our campaigns team, and contributes to the organization’s overarching communications strategy.

The Officer is specifically responsible for: writing/editing/researching press releases, media statements, op-eds and other media/communications pieces; ongoing media monitoring and ensuring prompt and effective responses to emerging issues; cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with members of the media.

The Officer is further responsible for developing in coordination with members of the Political Team, communications components of the Council’s campaigns, with a focus on effective and accurate writing. As well, the Officer is responsible for collaborating with other members of the Communications Team to ensure that all work of the Team is effectively planned and implemented, and with other Council staff to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the organization.  Please find full job description at

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Identifies media opportunities through media monitoring and analysis;
  • undertakes proactive and reactive outreach activities; liaises, ensures appropriate contact, develops and maintains good working relationships with appropriate journalists and outlets, responds to inquiries from journalists, including interviews;
  • participates in the scheduling and planning of, and in providing advice and direction for, all planned national and regional media/communications activities in collaboration with campaigns, development and organizing staff (e.g. media releases/conferences, events, paid publicity, etc.) including logistical elements and oversight of event staff/volunteers as needed;
  • writes and, where appropriate, edits and ensures distribution of Council media releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, briefs and articles for the mass media in collaboration with other staff;
  • monitors and assesses media coverage, tracks media performance of Council spokespersons, and prepares briefing sessions for them as required on dealing effectively with the media;
  • prepares interview and speaking notes and works with spokespeople to prepare for media availabilities;
  • briefs the Director of Development and Executive Director on media and communications matters;
  • prioritizes areas for work, integrating these with organizing and campaign objectives;
  • participates in the development and implementation of an effective media and communications strategy;
  • maintains media contact lists for Council campaigns, fundraising and organizing efforts; and
  • performs all similar and related duties.



  • Commitment to the Council’s values, vision and directions;
  • a minimum of three years’ post-secondary education, other relevant education, or equivalent experience;
  • thorough knowledge of media relations and communications for a not-for-profit organization or similar structure;
  • exceptional written, oral, editing, message-development and research skills in English with fluency in French considered an asset;
  • understanding of how communications play a key role in building social movements, and driving advocacy and fundraising campaigns.
  • a commitment to the Council’s values, vision and direction;
  • superior knowledge of current federal, economic, social and political issues;
  • ability to deliver high-quality work in a fast-paced environment and to switch gears quickly from one project to the next;
  • ability to synthesize information and express complex concepts in a clear and compelling manner, including the ability to translate political, environmental and social analysis into engaging communications messages;
  • proven skills and experience in the planning and implementation of projects;
  • curiosity and willingness to always be learning;
  • good interpersonal skills and the ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgement at all times;
  • proven administrative skills and an organized approach with an ability to prioritize and effectively handle many demands;
  • capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting.


This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours per week, and it is based in Ottawa, ON.   Pay scale starting at $63,093.25 (Classification 4) per year.

The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer and a unionized workplace represented by UNIFOR Local 567.

The Council of Canadians is committed to employment equity. We seek to build a diverse and welcoming team. We encourage individuals from communities facing systemic barriers to apply, including people of colour, Indigenous people, the Black community, women, LGBTQIA2S and people with disabilities. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity. Any such disclosure is voluntary, and you may identify with more than one community or group.

The Council further welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities and will make every effort to fulfill requests for accommodation. If you require accommodation to complete and submit your application and/or during the interview process, please advise the recruitment contact person, so arrangements can be made.


APPLICATIONS: Send your cover letter and resume, and include two pieces of relevant sample work, to  by July 28, 2019. Quote competition Communications Officer (Media and Campaigns support) on application.   Please consider month and year when writing dates of volunteer and work history in your resume.

We appreciate all applications but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.  You can check the status of the recruitment process on our website at