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Communications Officer


Title: Communications Officer
Location: Ottawa, Ontario 
Immediate Supervisor: President-CEO
Classification: Level 5 (unionized) 
Term:  1-year contract, full-time (renewable)
Start date: July 10, 2017
Salary: $58,608.18 annual salary and competitive benefits package



The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working globally to achieve sustainable human development. Our members represent a broad range of CSOs working in international development and humanitarian assistance — from faith-based and secular groups to labour unions, cooperatives and professional associations. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. Its membership covers the country from coast to coast to coast, and CCIC and its members play a critical role in ensuring that the Canadian civil society sector works in a catalytic and strategic way to create and enhance the conditions for ambitious Canadian investments in global development cooperation.

To support this mission and vision, CCIC is recruiting a Communications Officer who, under supervision of President-CEO, will develop, coordinate and manage all public and media relations and general communications in support of CCIC’s activities, including a cutting-edge campaign to increase Canada’s political and financial contribution towards ending global poverty and achieving sustainable development. For all campaign related tasks, the Communications Officer will work under the coordination of the Campaign and Member Relations Manager. As well, the Communications Officer will lead the implementation of CCIC’s broader strategic communications priorities including strengthening media outreach, redesigning the website and producing materials and resources for CCIC members and stakeholders.  


1. Develops and Leads the Implementation of the CCIC Communications Strategy :

- Develops, in consultation with CCIC staff, an integrated communication strategy, including increased and improved media coverage, a new CCIC website, refreshed CCIC brand and branding templates, and updated social media tools;

- Develops key performance indicators to monitor and evaluate the strategy and CCIC‘s communications objectives;

-  Develops and maintains relationships with traditional and emerging media;

- Prepares all media outreach activities in support of CCIC initiatives such as drafting Op-Eds, press releases, media briefs, and organising media engagement activities around CCIC events and meetings;

Coordinates, drafts and edits content for CCIC website, blog, as well as promotional material as required;

- Coordinates the production and layout of CCIC publications, in particular the annual report, the monthly e-newsletter, policy briefings, periodic reports, and other publications materials;

- Convenes and liaises with CCIC’s Communications Working Group;

Updates and promotes the use of CCIC’s narrative toolkit across the international development community;

- Supports building the visibility of the Council with key stakeholders such as CCIC members, the broader CSO community, donors, government, private sector, etc.;

- Coordinates additional consultant services for CCIC communications products and tasks as appropriate, including for the website.

2. Develops, coordinates and manages campaign communications:

-  Drafts and edits campaign content for online and outreach material, including emails to members, news releases, letters, talking points, workshops materials, etc.;

-   Coordinates the planning, production, design and printing of campaign promotional materials, such as videos, power-point presentations, infographics, brochures, flyers, posters, etc.;

-   Supports the development and production of a campaign tool kit and/or online e-modules;

-   Oversees the creation of the campaign micro-website;

-   Supports the Campaign Team activities and government relations outreach, overseeing logistics of campaign events, meetings, workshops and webinars, as needed.  

3. Other Organizational Tasks:

- Supervises the Communications Assistant, including reviewing their performance and providing support for their professional development;

Participates in the implementation of key CCIC events as appropriate;

Contributes to CCIC internal and external reporting, such as reports to the board, donor reports, etc.;

Performs other duties identified as a priority by CCIC.



·   University degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, or other relevant field;

·   Bilingual in Canada’s two official languages (written and spoken);

·   Minimum of two years’ relevant work experience, preferably in the NGO sector;

·   Media relations experience;

·   Experience in developing and implementing online communication strategies;

·   Excellent writing, editing, presentation, graphic design and communication skills;

·   Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues;

·   Strong organizational and coordination skills;

·    Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure;

·   Capacity to work in a self-directed manner, collaborate in a team, and to seek advice as required.


·    Experience with digital campaigns and/or digital organizing;

·    Experience with data management and/or data analysis;

·    Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud  

·    Familiarity with web conferencing systems.  

Application deadline: June 24, 2017 

Interviews will take place the week of June 26. 

Please send resume and letter of interest to:

CCIC offers a generous benefits package. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CCIC is committed to employment equity.

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