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Senior Advisor, Communications (Revenue Development), Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 29, 2011

Every three minutes, another Canadian in faced with fighting cancer. Join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against cancer by helping us do everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support those living with cancer. You’ll be part of a passionate team determined to change lives and make a difference in the cancer fight.

Senior Advisor, Communications (Revenue Development)
1 year Contract (Toronto, ON)

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Communications, the Senior Advisor, Communications, is responsible for strategic direction, development, mission integration, day-to-day management and execution of high profile projects working with multiple internal and external players.   

This position will help drive the Canadian Cancer Society’s revenue development by generating awareness, enhancing the success of fundraising initiatives and maximizing the potential of all Society activities.  Key support will be focused on programs such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Month as well as building capacity at the field level across Ontario.  The Senior Advisor, Communications plays a critical role in project management, pro-active media relations and mentoring other team members.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as communication team lead on various projects, working closely with business leadership and project teams to advance revenue development priorities, develop effective integrated communication plans, and ensure all materials are on brand and consistent with Ontario’s strategic plan.
  • Support the marketing department with media and public relations expertise in the development of marketing plans for revenue development programs.
  • Creating original works and reviewing, rewriting, and editing the work of writers to develop strategic collateral and materials for internal and external audiences, such as speeches, key messages, presentations, fact sheets, brochures, newsletters, intranet and internet websites, reports, social media, communiqués, etc.
  • Leads the development and implementation of projects in support of province-wide communication and fundraising initiatives to internal and external stakeholders– this may involve travelling, giving talks to groups, attending events, networking or dealing with media.
  • Regularly secures editorial space, digital, broadcast and print; active in managing blogger outreach and engagement; promoting a variety of revenue development activities in local, ethnic, regional and national media.
  • Build key internal relationships across the Society to gather timely information on public relations opportunities, the current and potential impact of donor support, content verification and approvals.
  • Liaise with the Society’s marketing department to produce communications templates, and to secure consultants, photographers, translators, illustrators, graphic designers and printers for the production of materials.  
  • Measure effectiveness of communications plans, programs and services.
  • Review, analyze and report back to program owners on media monitoring of revenue development initiatives.
  • Manage successful relationships with media and public relations agencies to support key programs.
  • Respond to inquiries from the general public and media.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned.

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Works in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Reviews and complies with the Health and Safety.


  • Attained a minimum undergraduate degree. A graduate degree, and/or additional education in communications or journalism, is an asset.
  • 5+ years experience in corporate communications, media relations, journalism or fundraising with a minimum 3 years in a charitable health organization.
  • A strong track record of producing documents such as exceptional communication plans, project briefs, press releases, pitch notes, compelling narratives and other media copy that have been utilized successfully for the purpose of securing editorial coverage and attracting donor, volunteer and corporate investment in the charitable sector.
  • Demonstrated relationship management skills necessary to engage media, vendors and internal stakeholders to execute effective and creative campaigns.
  • Highly proficient with a variety of computer applications including Word, Power Point and desktop publishing.
  • Ability to conceptualize easily, learn quickly and independently exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative.
  • Positive attitude, collaborative team player; ability to plan, prioritize and multi-task a diverse workload within a fast-paced team environment with minimal supervision; ability to work under tight timelines and as a project manager.
  • Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
  • A Criminal Records Check is required.
  • Non-smoker.

Direct Reports

  • None

Indirect Reports

  • Senior Coordinator, Communications
  • Intern, Public Affairs Department

In return for your contributions we offer a starting salary in the high 50K range and the opportunity to work in a caring and progressive work environment.  Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job #OHPE-182 by September 29, 2011 to:

Human Resources
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

For more information about this and other opportunities to become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at and go to Careers, under About Us.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons