Communications Advisor (Term to March 30, 2018)

Job Detail

Company: Recruiting through World Skills Employment Centre
Industry: Non-profit Sector
Job Type: Contract
Salary Level ($):
Job Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Highest Level Of Education: Diploma
Job Posting Date: 04-Aug-2017
Apply by: 15-Aug-2017

Job Description:

Job Opportunity with The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

World Skills Employment Centre is working with The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) to recruit for the position of Communications Advisor.    
World Skills is not hiring for this position. If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow these steps:
  • Please send a cover letter and a resume to, on or before 9:00am, August 15th, 2017.
  • Please write the position title in the subject line of your email.
  • Please save your targeted cover letter and resume as a SINGLE word document, with the file name Your NEEP_First Name_Last Name_Position Title (NEEP_John_Smith_Project Officer).
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

If you are not yet registered with World Skills, please contact 613-233-0453 to book an appointment for Intake and Assessment or to learn more about our programs and services. World Skills works with newcomers/immigrants to help them integrate into the Canadian labor market.
Position Title: Communications Advisor (Term to March 30, 2018)
Reports to: Director, Public Affairs and Communications
The Communications Advisor, reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), is responsible for communications strategies and operations to increase the reach and impact of the organization's work.
Strategic Communications
  • Contribute to the implementation of CCSA's overall strategic communications plan, including supporting outreach strategies, specific projects, and events and activities, through the use of both traditional and new media
  • Actively participate in cross-functional project teams to provide communications advice, skills and expertise to drive forward corporate priorities

Public Affairs and Media Relations
  • Proactively analyze the broader public environment and factor the analysis into appropriate communications, issues management and media responses
  • Create specific communications, media relations and outreach strategies so that CCSA issues are linked with government priorities at the federal, provincial and territorial levels
  • Contribute to the development of media messaging and liaise with journalists to provide information and arrange interviews with CCSA subject-matter experts

Social and Digital Media
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of CCSA’s social media strategy
  • Actively monitor and contribute to communications and engagement activities on key platforms

Brand and Thought Leadership Management
  • Develop, implement and distribute communication materials to support CCSA research and knowledge products, solidifying CCSA's reputation as a national and international thought leader
  • Working closely with subject-matter experts, proactively seek out opportunities to demonstrate CCSA’s knowledge and leadership through outreach to government officials, as well as the media through opinion pieces and contributions to targeted platforms and publications
  • Provide support and advice to ensure that all communications reinforce and leverage CCSA's positioning and brand

Event Management
  • Assist with marketing and communication activities for public and professional events and meetings

Measuring Success
  • Assist with gathering and reporting on key public affairs and communications metrics

Qualifications and Experience
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree or college certificate in public relations, journalism or communications plus three to five years of relevant experience
  • Exceptional writing skills with experience conceptualizing and producing a variety of documents and multi-media materials, including news releases, backgrounders, articles, Op-eds, web content, PowerPoint presentations, videos and speeches
  • Proven experience in developing and delivering strategic communications plans
  • Awareness of, and ability to respond to, political, governmental, media and research priorities in the area of substance use disorders
  • Knowledge of communications tools and techniques, including the practical application of new technologies and social media
  • Well-developed analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Client-oriented and solutions-focused
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal relations
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while exercising flexibility and sound judgement
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead

  • Bilingualism English/French (spoken)
  • Experience working with senior Government of Canada officials, including staff in ministerial offices
  • Experience working directly with elected officials at the federal or provincial/territorial level

We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.