Position: Communications Coordinator
Employer: Canadian Jesuits International
Location: Toronto, ON
Deadline: July 25, 2022
Employment Type: Employment
Position Level: Mid Level
Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000
Closing Date: July 25, 2022
Role Title: Communications Coordinator
Organization: Canadian Jesuits International (CJI)
Location: 70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, Ontario
Type of employment: Permanent, full time (with a 6 month probationary period)
Compensation: $60,000 to $70,000 plus benefits; three weeks’ vacation to start, professional development opportunities
Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is the international solidarity agency of the Jesuits of Canada that supports marginalized people in Africa, Asia and Latin America in their struggle for a more just society through the work of Jesuits and other partners. It supports partners in the Global South with projects in education, ecological justice, livelihoods, defense of human rights, forced migration and humanitarian assistance. These activities are carried out in coordination with the global network of Jesuit organizations. CJI also carries out public education and advocacy in Canada to promote international social justice and global solidarity.
We are a small, dynamic team where you will find opportunities to make a difference with progressive, human rights-focused work.
Summary of the Position
CJI seeks a highly motivated, dynamic Communications Professional to join our small but highly committed team.
The person in this position will report to the Executive Director. The Communications Coordinator will be motivated by a keen interest in social justice and international solidarity. The Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing CJI’s communications strategy. It includes developing and sourcing content for a range of audiences in print and online, in order to bring the analysis, stories and experiences of our international partners to a Canadian audience, to advocate for their causes, as well as to increase the organization’s visibility and support for its work.
CJI’s offices are located in the Bay/Bloor area of downtown Toronto, with the possibility of some remote work. This position requires some local and national travel and occasional international travel. Ability to travel is a requirement.
The Communications Coordinator will have the following Key Responsibilities:
• Contribute to and implement CJI’s communications plan.
• Identify opportunities and new ways of communicating to current and new audiences.
• Articulate the analysis, stories and experiences of CJI’s international partners for a Canadian audience.
• Streamline CJI's media platforms, content and strategy for effective communication.
• Develop contacts with the media nationally, organize interviews with visiting overseas partners and ensure CJI presence in the media.
• Keep up-to-date on the latest communications trends and opportunities in Canada, and devise strategies to learn from and implement these at CJI.
• Be responsible for the production and distribution of all print and electronic publications, including the Newsletter (published 3 times a year), Christmas and Easter appeals ,as well as articles, reports, funding appeals, news bulletins, media releases, event flyers, brochures, blogs and posters
• Actively participate in launching educational and advocacy campaigns and special activities.
• Promote the organization's activities and programs with the general public and specific audiences.
• Monitor events related to the work of CJI, the international Jesuit network and current international issues to develop related content for the CJI website, social media and publications as appropriate.
• Maintain and develop CJI's website by writing and sourcing new content, including from CJI international partners, as well as overseeing updates on design and functionality as required.
• Increase CJI's social media presence by creating social media content (writing copy and designing graphics) and responding to comments and other engagements.
• Maintain unified and authentic brand voice across all social media channels; ensure guidelines and standards are adhered to when designing digital media content.
• Work collaboratively across the organization to support social media needs and make recommendations based on data and best practices.
• Monitor traffic, response and other media metrics for CJI's website, social media and publications to determine how to allocate limited resources for maximum impact.
• Edit and upload video from CJI events and from partner organizations to the organization's website and social media sites.
• Collaborate with the Donor Relations Coordinator in developing donor-specific communications, e.g. project funding updates and specialized direct donor approaches.
• Assist other members of the CJI team with external communications.
• Post-secondary education in communications or other related discipline plus 2-3 years of relevant experience in the field of communication.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and international solidarity, with a solid understanding of current global social justice issues.
• Comfortable working in a faith-based organization, with Jesuit partners, Roman Catholic audiences and institutions. An understanding of Catholic Social Teaching is required.
• Excellent editing and writing skills in English.
• Proficiency in French is required; Spanish is an asset.
• Experience in writing human interest and social justice stories.
• Demonstrated experience in the development of communications materials and in dealing with the media.
• Expertise in managing various social media platforms is required.
• Strong project management, planning and organizational skills.
• Knowledge of graphic design principles and print production processes as well as editing and design skills using Adobe Creative Suite software or similar programs are required.
• Advanced computer skills, especially Microsoft Office and WordPress, required.
• Ability to connect with and respond to CJI’s supporters and other people from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives on our work.
• Demonstrated organizational skills, capacity to take the initiative, set priorities and meet deadlines.
• Proven ability to work effectively as part of a small team, and independently.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and CV by email only, to: CANcjijobposting@jesuits.org
Applications will be accepted until a firm deadline of 5 pm EST on July 25. We encourage you to apply early. Start date to be negotiated.
CJI is committed to diversity in its workplace and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.