Position Id
Newmarket ON
Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Manager of Communications

Our client, a not for profit based is seeking a Manager of Communications to support their organization in developing and implementing communications planning to further the strategic vision, mission, and values of the organization. This position is responsible for managing all communications plan activities and building external relationships with the organization's constituencies, including funders and the media, and also serves as the lead resource specialist on all communications issues and public relations.

What you will achieve in this role:

  • Work in conjunction with Director of Service, Senior Team, and Chief Executive Officer, to develop and implement a multi-year comprehensive communications strategy and plan.
  • Embed diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of communication planning and actions including methods, modes and messaging to further and reflect the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Support Management Team with identifying and recommending communication opportunities related to operational planning, organizational priorities, initiatives, and emerging issues.
  • Recommend and develop strategic actions to respond to communications opportunities in a proactive manner.
  • Develop strategic actions to deal with, and to respond to, critical issues and make recommendations to the Director of Service, and/or the Chief Executive Officer and, as appropriate, to the Board of Directors and Committees.
  • Oversight of content of the organization’s internal, external website, and foster parent portal that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action.
  • Develop communications vehicles and mechanisms in place to further organization priorities (e.g. staff engagement, two-way communication, accessible and engaging online presence) as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Oversight of the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures.
  • Manage all media contacts and lead plans and actions to develop positive media profiles to position the organization and enhance public awareness and understanding of the work of the organization, including generating positive media stories, writing press materials, managing media lists.
  • Oversight of strategies and actions such as impactful and creative messaging for engagement of government officials and community stakeholders.
  • Lead development and maintenance of the branding of organization aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the agency and to portray a positive and progressive image.
  • Develop and oversee the organization’s social media strategy based on the organization’s goals and priorities including requirements and opportunities related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Participation on a Provincial Communications working group, to contribute to communication strategies related to organization’s and/or the broader sector as well as joint projects involving promotion and media.
  • Oversee and lead development of a system for reviewing all external communications
  • Collaborate with the foundation and Board of Directors in developing and supporting public relations activities that enhance the fundraising activities of the Foundation and other external partners
  • In collaboration with the CEO and Board of Directors, ensure support to the organization’s Annual General meeting, and production of an Annual Report.
  • Lead public relations activities including presentations to community groups & special events
  • Prepare budget plans and monitor expenditures related to the area of Communications
  • Serve as a member of the senior team and management team, reporting regularly to management and staff on communications and public relations activities.
  • Supervise, mentor and lead the organization’s Communication staff including the Communications Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned

What you must bring to this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications or Marketing, in addition to relevant training combined with a minimum of five years’ work experience related to strategic communications development and implementation, and experience in a leadership and/or supervisory role OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of anti-racism, anti-black racism, anti-indigenous racism, and systemic oppression.
  • Advanced communications and public speaking skills
  • The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.
  • Solid understanding of media relations and events coordination
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using social media channels and writing compelling content.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Technical knowledge including presentation software and/or other multimedia software including Microsoft office suit.
  • High degree of initiative, able to self-start in the role and operate with a high degree of autonomy and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a successful track record of establishing and maintaining working relationships at all levels in an organization.
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment and ability to anticipate communication needs of the organization.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and during crises.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s license and access to a reliable motor vehicle.
  • Must be able to perform job duties in a hybrid working environment.
  • Available to work flexible hours.
  • Bilingualism in French an asset.
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