Director of Communications
Canada China Business Council - Toronto, ON

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The Canada China Business Council invites candidates to apply for the full-time permanent position of Director of Communications in Toronto, Ontario. The incumbent will have 4+ years communications experience, preferably in a fast-paced, not-for-profit organization; knowledge of communication principles and best practices gained through a post-secondary degree in communications or a related field; strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; and demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in China and/or East Asia. This position requires a creative and innovative thinker with strong multi-tasking and strategic planning skills. The ability to collaborate and take personal initiative is key to the many complex and high-level events and initiatives taking place at the Council on an on-going basis.

Responsibilities:

Draft articles, newsletters, correspondences, statements, speaking notes, speeches, messaging, branding, internal/external communications strategies and initiatives.

Update the CCBC website (www.ccbc.com) with new content on a frequent, ongoing basis and advise and implement changes to the website over time, as needed.

Write and distribute event notices using Mailchimp.

Design brochures, event notices, event programs, signage, invitations and posters.

Develop yearly communications and marketing strategy for the Council.

Market events, programs, membership and initiatives to Canadian and Chinese companies (both large-scale companies and SMEs), and to Canadian and Chinese government at federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Act as Editor-in-Chief of the Canada China Business Forum Magazine, and other CCBC publications. Responsible for the editorial direction, coordination, production, marketing, and ad sales for this three-language, 70+ page publication. Specific duties include management of all aspects of publication such as editorial plan, assignment and coordination of writers, translators, designers and publishers; advertising sales, etc.

Manage all media relations including composing and distributing news advisories and news releases; composing and issuing statements on behalf of the Council; developing strong rapport with local, national and international media; media relations at events; collaboration with government offices on media strategies; coordinating media scrums; researching, analyzing and debriefing executive team on current affairs; booking interviews and pitching stories to local media; ensure that all interviews and news is catalogued and promoted on CCBC website.

Job Requirements:

Four-year post-secondary degree in professional communication, public relations, professional writing, journalism or equivalent is required. Masters degree considered an asset.

Communications experience preferably within a fast-paced not-for-profit organization considered an asset.

Fluency in French and/or Mandarin are desirable assets.

Demonstrated experience/interest in China and/or East Asia required.

Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite required. Experience using Wordpress and Mailchimp considered an asset. Additional experience in graphic/web-based design and/or demonstrated knowledge of design fundamentals considered an asset.

Strong writing skills with keen attention to detail in line with Canadian press standards.

This position requires a team player with a high level of initiative and judgment in order to prioritize tasks, workload and projects. Professionalism, cultural sensitivity, and diplomacy are required traits.

Interested candidates may submit their resume and a cover letter by Monday, March 4, 2013. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About CCBC:

The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is the country’s Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate. Founded in 1978 as a private, non-partisan, not-for-profit business association, CCBC provides unparalleled insight into Sino-Canadian trade and investment issues and develops connections that ensure its members’ business success. In addition to its focused and practical services, the Council is also the voice of the Canadian business community on issues affecting Sino-Canadian trade and investment.


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