The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is seeking a highly motivated Communication Specialist who is versatile, adapts well to changes, likes to juggle many projects and is interested in working for the mental health cause. A large part of your work in this full-time position, based in Calgary , will be to coordinate media relations for the organization on a national scale. In our dynamic, quick-paced environment, you will also assist the different MHCC initiatives and Advisory Committee projects to increase awareness for their work and the organization, and use your experience and creativity to counsel colleagues and assist them in reaching their communication objectives in line with the overall communication objectives of the Commission.
Your specific accountabilities as a Communication Specialist will include:
As a Communication Specialist, you will have the following qualifications:
- coordinating nation-wide media relations for the organization;
- determining the best course of action for proactive media relations, and developing media contacts;
- writing materials for the media (press releases, advisories, etc.), coordinating media requests, writing briefing notes for spokespeople, tracking, measuring and reporting on MHCC media relations, publishing a daily media report, etc.
- developing and executing communication plans to promote the work of the different Advisory Committees projects and initiatives;
- organizing events for stakeholders and/or the media;
- writing material for the web;
- identifying venues for presentations and speeches;
- producing support materials such as brochures, reports, etc.; and
- writing, editing and publishing various communications materials, including, but not limited to, media releases, newsletters, speeches, briefing documents, presentations, Q&As, etc.
For a complete job description, please visit our web site at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
- A degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field, with a minimum of 6 to 8 years of working experience;
- A marked interest in mental health issues;
- Excellent technical skills (MS Office products, desktop design, publication/production/presentation software and new technologies);
- Significant experience in media relations, and in crafting and implementing communications strategies and activities;
- Solid knowledge of web and social media;
- Strategic thinking skills and expertise in anticipating and resolving public relations issues;
- Demonstrated leadership skills with communications issues;
- Superior written, editorial and verbal communications skills, including public speaking and presentation skills;
- Creativity and ability to think outside the box;
- Adaptability, flexibility, diplomacy and tact;
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team and establish solid working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and colleagues; and
- Excellent planning and time management skills with the ability to multi-task, and produce and coordinate projects with tight deadlines.
- The ability to read, write and speak effectively in both official languages would be an asset.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness. With its head office in Calgary, and an office in Ottawa, the Commission has a 10-year mandate to develop a Mental Health Strategy for Canada, implement an Anti-Stigma/Anti-Discrimination program, develop a Knowledge Exchange Centre for the field of mental health, study homelessness and mental illness, and initiate a grassroots social movement.
Please forward your résumé and cover letter in a single Adobe PDF format, by Monday, January 31, 2011 , including “Communications Specialist – Calgary based” in the subject line, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mental Health Commission of Canada would like to thank all applicants for submitting their resume; however, only applicants selected to be interviewed will be contacted.
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