Media and External Communications Officer

Job Detail

Company: Recruiting through World Skills Employment Centre
Industry: Non-profit Sector
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Level ($):
Job Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Highest Level Of Education: Bachelor
Job Posting Date: 10-Jul-2018
Apply by: 29-Jul-2018

Job Description:

Job Opportunity with Amnesty International Canada

World Skills Employment Centre is working with Amnesty International Canada to recruit for the position of Media and External Communications Officer.

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 9:00 am, July 29, 2018.
  • Please write the position title in the subject line of your email.
  • Please save your cover letter and resume as a SINGLE document, with the file name Your First Name_ Last Name_Position Title (John_Smith_Project Officer). IMPORTANT!
  • Please submit your resumé and a covering letter outlining: 1) why you are interested in joining Amnesty International Canada; 2) your qualifications for the position; and, 3) how you would contribute to the diversity of our workforce and the diversity of perspectives to further our human rights work. Please provide samples of your work for traditional and digital media.
  • 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.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of 7 million ordinary people in more than 150

countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promoting human

rights. We get discriminatory laws changed and prisoners of conscience released. We’ve helped

stop torture, commute death sentences and worked to end violence against women. We stand

alongside Indigenous Peoples demanding that their rights be respected.

Amnesty International Canada is committed to employment equity, actively seeks diversity in the

workplace, and welcomes and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking groups

including women, transgender, non-binary, and LGBTI individuals; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit

individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of racialized and marginalized groups.

We are recruiting a Media and External Communications Officer able to work comfortably within

both traditional and digital media environments.

The Media and External Communications Officer (MECO) shares primary responsibility for the

day-to-day coordination of media activities with a colleague in Toronto. In this capacity the

MECO is proactive in seeking and creating stories for the media and looking to secure positive

coverage of human rights issues for the Organization. The Officer publicizes and actively

promotes the mission and work of Amnesty International by disseminating international news

releases, preparing and distributing nationally-generated media materials, organizing press

conferences and other media events, making use of social media channels, supporting national

and international Amnesty staff in their media work, liaising with journalists and responding to

media enquiries. The Officer acts as one of the primary spokespersons for the Branch.

The MECO works closely with campaigners and the digital communications team to develop

campaigns and communication plans and strategies. In collaboration with a counterpart in

Toronto, oversees the Branch’s annual Media Awards, and provides media training to other staff.

Furthermore, the Officer collaborates closely with AI Canada’s francophone media program in

promoting and responding to media stories involving both branches.

Full details are available in the job description posted on Amnesty International Canada’s



Education and Experience

  • Exceptional communications skills: oral, written and in a digital environment
  • Undergraduate university degree or demonstrated equivalent professional experience
  • Minimum of three years of experience in journalism or media relations
  • Extensive experience in digital media, particularly social media, as a vehicle for promoting media/communications materials and strategies and creating content for digital channels
  • Understanding of human rights issues and/or international affairs
  • Strong grasp of politics and implications for advancing human rights recommendations within a media environment
  • Some experience in training/teaching, especially in the media area
  • French and/or Spanish an asset.

Interpersonal Skills & Experience

  • Ability to collaborate with persons from a wide variety of backgrounds and skills
  • Experience and skills in working with/supporting/enabling volunteers doing media work
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under minimal day-to-day supervision.

Communication Skills

  • Must be able to communicate extremely well in both written and oral formats for both the public and selected audiences
  • Requires excellent representational ability/skills in order to serve as one of the organizational spokespersons.

Technical Skills

  • Experience using online media monitoring and organizing tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Sprinklr or equivalent
  • Experience or aptitude for publishing with CMS systems such as Drupal or Wordpress, and on primary social media platforms
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Internet Explorer.

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

Start date: September 17, 2018

Duration: Permanent position

Location: Ottawa National Office

Starting salary: $64,241 - $66,093 per annum (commensurate with qualifications)

On-call: Able to be on-call every second weekend and to cover for the MECO in Toronto

Travel: Some travel required