Communications Officer

The Organization

 

Our client is a registered charity health research organization that funds transformative research across Canada. It leads an important Research Fund, an innovative private – public partnership supported by the Government of Canada and a range of partners and funders.

Founded in 1998, it has significantly increased funding by establishing a track-record of success funding multidisciplinary research that pursues paradigm-changing ideas, and partnering with those who share its commitment to health research.

Its model is based on the principle of bringing together business and science to enable transformations at all the stages of the research process, from basic science to the translation of discoveries and their application to people.

 

Position Summary

The Communications Officer provides coordination and support for all of the organization’s communication activities. Located at head office in Montreal, he/she works closely with and provides support to the President and CEO.

 

Responsibilities

  • Build the profile of the organization through contributing to the development of and implementing a thoughtful communications program;
  • Contribute to the development of its brand, and ensure public communications align with this brand;
  • Research, write and create communications and marketing materials for government, partners, donors, researchers, the public and other stakeholders, including annual reports, announcements, articles, news releases, newsletters, speeches and documents for the Board of Directors;
  • Maintain an effective social media presence;
  • Update and create engaging content for its website;
  • Coordinate the creation of reports for government and partners, translating monitoring data into engaging and accessible narratives;
  • Provide communications support to fundraising, including the design and production of campaign materials, briefing documents, proposals and stewardship reports;
  • In collaboration with the President and CEO, contribute to the development of a strategy for and seek out speaking engagements at meetings and conferences, and opportunities with the media;
  • Collaborate with team members to plan and execute events that raise awareness and support for the organization’s health research, i.e., announcements with Government officials, receptions, dinners, conferences, meetings, and presentations to donors, prospects, scientists and other stakeholders;
  • Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson and ambassador of the organization at public functions and special events;
  • Monitor on a daily basis health-related news and social media, prepare weekly summary of articles of interest, and identify issues in a timely manner;
  • Identify specialized communications providers and manage relationships with them;
  • Continually learn about the organization’s approach and the research it supports to better communicate it;
  • Other special projects and duties as required.

 

Qualifications

  • At least three-years successful experience as a communications professional, ideally as a manager and ideally in the health research, university or healthcare sector;
  • A communications generalist, comfortable with the range of communications roles;
  • An understanding of the complexities of scientific research and skilled at conveying science and research in lay terms;
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office and communications software and, ideally, graphics software;
  • Bilingual, with excellent written communications skills in English and French;
  • A professional presence and comfortable within all environments up through to the President and CEO level;
  • Extremely well organized, diligent and detail oriented;
  • Positive attitude, decisive, resourceful and highly motivated with entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Good judgment;
  • Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy without clerical support;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and requests, and to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Available to work outside normal office hours and to travel nationally on occasion.