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Communications Officer

Oxfam Canada


Title: Communications Officer
Department: Marketing and Fund Development
Status: Full-time, 2 year term, unionized
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Immediate Supervisor: Integrated Marketing Coordinator
Salary: $59,541.25 to $78,352.24
Level: 2

Please submit applications to quoting competition number CO0418 in the subject line of email.

Oxfam Canada (OC) is an international development agency with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality, committed to building lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice by advocating for fundamental social change. We work in relationships of solidarity and partnership to build the capacity of civil society in the Global South. As a founding member of Oxfam International, Oxfam Canada works in collaboration with other Oxfam affiliates to increase impact and influence locally, nationally and globally.


The Communications Officer is responsible for planning and developing communication materials and content that seeks to engage and mobilize a variety of audiences around Oxfam’s mission and vision. This Communications Officer will be a key contributor to raising awareness around the injustice of poverty and inequality, encourage engagement, deepen Oxfam’s value proposition and inspire philanthropic giving.


Reporting to the Integrated Marketing Coordinator, she/he will contribute to the organizations broader communications goals, while taking a donor centric approach. The Communications Officer will help to

steward the Oxfam brand in Canada and contribute to the development of effective communications products that engages our key stakeholders and drives revenue generation and stewardship. Superior writing, editing, design and digital skills are principal requirements

(This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

Strategy, Planning and Execution:

  • Participates in planning sessions with cross-department stakeholders to develop marketing, communications, outreach and advocacy plans and products;
  • Liaises with other teams, working groups and units within Oxfam Canada, ensuring communication, engagement and support is provided as required;
  • Coordinates Oxfam Canada’s content collection strategy and maintains a digital asset management system
  • Promotes and advocates for an integrated, multi-channel marketing communications approach across the organization;
  • Contributes to strategies that increase Oxfam’s supporter base;
  • Provides support to revenue generating activities;
  • Leads special projects as required;
  • Stewards Oxfam’s brand;


Communications Materials Development and Writing:

  • Executes an annual organization-wide communications product plan that promotes Oxfam’s unique value proposition;
  • Develops compelling content for key target audiences (Gov’t officials, advocates, donors, partners) and for various communications channels (web, social media, print, emails);
  • Provides editing support by reviewing materials prepared by others, upon request.


Graphic Design & Multi-media:

  • Develops graphics, infographs, brochures and other materials as needed, consistent with the Oxfam brand and leveraging the global toolkit
  • Creates and/or edits videos and other multi-media products;
  • Provides digital support in website maintenance and social media;
  • Stays abreast of current trends and best practices in marketing, digital marketing, e-commerce and e-philanthropy


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

  • Monitors the external environment and contributes to the evaluation of outcomes of communications and outreach activities, providing recommendations and  refining plans and strategies as required;
  • Ensures tracking, evaluation and reporting on Oxfam Canada’s marketing and communications programs;
  • Contributes to the development and monitoring of marketing and communications budgets;
  • Where relevant, manages communications and marketing consultants and contracts.



  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • 3-5 years of communications (writing and editing), marketing, digital media and graphic design preferably in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and commitment to global justice, social change, women’s rights and gender equality.
  • Proven track record in social media, blogging and campaigning
  • Experience with print production, advertising, direct mail and e-commerce
  • Exceptional English verbal and written communication skills; French and Spanish an asset.
  • Strong collaboration skills and experience in working in a matrix environment
  • Positive track record in building and maintaining respectful and effective relationships with senior managers, staff and senior volunteers.
  • Experience working with multiple third party contractors, agencies and service providers
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles or fundraising experience an asset.
  • Proficiency in multi-media products, software and design applications. Knowledge of SalesForce would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize work and manage multiple projects with high efficiency, accuracy and enthusiasm.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **

This position offers a comprehensive Benefits package.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.


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