Communications Coordinator - The Humanitarian Coalition, Ottawa

JOB DESCRIPTION Communications Coordinator

Title: Communications Coordinator Location: Ottawa preferred, alternate locations possible in Toronto and Montreal Position type: Full-time Contract period: 1-year renewable Salary: To be discussed Start Date: February 2012

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge to apply your communications skills to save lives and help survivors of humanitarian disasters?

The HUMANITARIAN COALITION has an exciting opportunity for a bilingual Communications Coordinator.
  1. SCOPE OF POSITION Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is part of a dynamic team committed to raising awareness about humanitarian issues and our members work. The Communications Coordinator will support the development of the overall communications strategy of the HC and be responsible for its implementation. This position is also responsible for developing all communications material for the Humanitarian Coalition in both official languages. During emergency appeals the Communications Coordinator becomes the point-person for all Humanitarian Coalition media activities.
Tasks assigned to this position will include, but are not limited to, supporting the design and drafting of communications plans, website content, drafting of media releases, newsletters and any other communications material of the HC (annual report, social media, speeches, editorials, Q&As, etc.), contacts with the media, developing/improving communications procedures for appeals and organising media events.

Dedicated, versatile, creative and committed to excellence, the Communications Coordinator will employ a variety of public relations tactics to engage members and stakeholders in a concerted communications strategy and implement successful national-scale appeals for assistance in support of humanitarian disaster survivors around the world.

The ideal candidate is a motivated self starter and strategic thinker. S/he is a skilled writer in French and English, who has demonstrated experience in media relations, publications or marketing initiatives. Working knowledge of national media, social media tools and exceptional project management skills are required. Experience overseas is a definite asset.
  1. QUALIFICATIONS: • University degree in journalism, marketing, communications or related field
    • Professional experience in marketing/communications and project management with a PR agency, corporation or nonprofit organization • Bilingualism, written and oral, English/French is required and will be tested in the selection process.
    • Proven ability to write clear, concise and compelling prose — articles, press releases, op-eds, ad copy, blog posts and email alerts etc. • Demonstrated success in writing, editing and coordinating production of publications to tight deadlines • Demonstrated success initiating proactive media relations programs • Dynamic presentation and facilitation skills and experience in community building on and offline through events, trainings, campaigns etc. • Exceptional project management skills • First hand experience using social media
    • Solid copy-editing skills, strong attention to detail • Applicable knowledge of relevant computer software (Microsoft Office Suite); • Highly organized and works well independently; • Tact and discretion; • Adaptable and flexible to evolving work requirements; • International and/or Humanitarian experience an asset; • Willingness and ability to travel, sometimes on short notice.
  2. ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION The Humanitarian Coalition (HC) is a coalition of five Canadian non-governmental agencies (CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada) with decades of experience in humanitarian assistance, aid and development who undertake united emergency appeals. The HC and its members have developed joint emergency appeal mechanism and capacity in Canada that seeks to provide donors with an easy way to give, educate the Canadian public, strengthen the humanitarian response sector and make a substantive contribution to reducing the suffering and affirming the rights of those affected by humanitarian crises.
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How to apply: 
  1. APPLICATIONS If you are interested in joining a dynamic international humanitarian organization, please submit your résumé and cover letter by January 19, 2012 by Following the link below. 
All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.