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COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR (FULL-TIME PERMANENT POSITION)

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that challenges inequity in our city through knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaboration, to spark social and policy change.  We work towards an equitable, inclusive, and accessible Toronto – shaped by the diversity of its residents and rooted in social and economic justice. SPT is a United Way Anchor Agency. We also receive core funding from the City of Toronto.

SPT has recently launched a new Strategic Plan and is developing a Strategic Communications Strategy that will advance the organization’s strategic directives. The new strategic plan will guide the organization’s work for the next four years. SPT is seeking a new team member who will be instrumental in implementing our new Strategic Plan and Communications Strategy.

We are looking for a full-time, permanent, Communications Coordinator who is passionate about social justice and city politics/equity issues and skilled at executing effective communications campaigns. In this role, you will coordinate the planning and implementation of the communications, public relations, and media strategies of SPT. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Why join SPT?

  • Get paid to do systems change work and work at an organization whose mandate centres on addressing inequality in Toronto
  • Work with smart, passionate, engaged people who care about social, economic, racial and gender justice, and work from a community-centred approach
  • Work at an organization with over six decades of experience collaborating with partners and communities to advance equality

Responsibilities and job duties include:

  • Develops and implements internal and external communication strategies/policies/campaigns, prepares the annual communications plan and supports internal communications capacity building of colleagues and partners
  • Develops, implements and supports digital advocacy strategies that advance the work of SPT and its partners, in partnership with SPT staff and informed by the organization’s resident engagement, community planning and social research and policy priorities
  • Develops and maintains media contact lists, and acts as the liaison with media, cultivates media relations, and drafts press releases, media kits, articles, and speeches
  • Develops and implements marketing strategies for organizational products, for fundraising initiatives, for membership campaigns and materials, for resource development strategies and public relations campaigns;
  • Manages and oversees the content and look of the SPT’s Social Media and website, including content creation, editing, visual/graphic design, and creating web pages for new information and products;
  • Works closely with SPT colleagues, and where relevant, external copy editors and graphic designers to develop, edit, and disseminate all SPT publications and other key documents, print and promotional materials (e.g., reports, newsletters, journals, periodic publications, texts, brochures, blog posts, flyers, press releases, etc.);
  • Prepares materials using current software & technology including communications software, website and other online applications and desktop publishing;
  • Negotiates with external suppliers (e.g., printing, design, external copy editors, translators, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as required at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Qualifications/Skills

  • A minimum 3 years progressive experience in communications or media relations;
  • Undergraduate education in a discipline appropriate and relevant to communications or journalism or equivalent experience in the field;
  • Strong editorial skills and experience with clear language tools;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with media outlets and journalists
  • Demonstrated skills and experience with social media outreach, analysis, engagement, and marketing
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to train/coach colleagues;
  • Good organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines, ability to work independently, flexibly, creatively, and able to take initiative;
  • Knowledge and awareness of social and economic justice issues affecting marginalized and underserved communities in Toronto and the not-for-profit community sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of communications software programs, including experience with Google Suite, Photoshop, NationBuilder, Canva, Acrobat, and Adobe for the development, design and layout of digital and print materials including reports, infographics, flyers, and fact sheets;
  • Familiarity with website development, design, and maintenance.
  • Public relations and/or marketing experience in the not-for profit sector an asset

Annual salary range: $49,436.17 - $67,756.24, plus benefits.

In addition to salary, SPT has an excellent employee benefits package that includes sick leave, vision care, dental, extended health and wellness benefits, hospitalization, drug plan, long term disability, group life insurance and pension plan. SPT also offers 15 vacation days in the first year of employment, 11 official statutory holidays, personal and other leave days, and paid time off between December 24th and January 1st each year.

This position is a member of CUPE Local 1777.

Working Conditions

This is a full-time, permanent position working 35 hours/week with occasional evening and weekend work. This position is based in Toronto, Ontario. Our team is currently working in a hybrid manner with the option to work on site at our office in downtown Toronto or from home, with a requirement to attend some in-person meetings.

To apply:

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria. Please send the resume and cover letter to Kanaka Kulendran, Director of Organizational Systems.

Kanaka Kulendran, Director of Organizational Systems

e-mail: [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on Monday February 19, 2024.

SPT is committed to reflecting the full diversity of Toronto and to nurturing a respectful and inclusive work environment for all. We encourage qualified applicants representing the full diversity of Toronto to apply. Candidates invited for an interview are encouraged to inform us in confidence of their accommodation needs.

We thank everyone for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SPT has a mandatory vaccine policy that is available for review upon request.

 

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