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Communications and Public Relations Specialist, Northwestern Health Unit

Kenora, Ontario
Deadline July 13, 2016

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Position: Communications and Public Relations Specialist - #2016-19
Terms: Permanent full time, 35 hours per week, COPE Local 521
Location: Kenora, ON

Position Summary:     

The Communications and Public Relations Specialist provides leadership regarding agency communications and public relations strategies and activities including news and social media, the website, campaigns, educational resources, and advertising. S/he coordinates communications activities across the agency from a strategic point of view with the goal of enhancing or protecting the reputation of the Northwestern Health Unit while ensuring agency communications are efficient and effective, and meet corporate identity standards.

The Communications and Public Relations Specialist will:

  • Facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the agency Communications Strategy (internal and external), to include annual plans/schedules for campaigns, news media, advertising and public relations.
  • Provide training, advice and support to staff on the preparation of materials, displays, campaigns, and other communications initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with the media. Coordinate all media activities. Identify and encourage opportunities for positive media coverage. Provide staff with individualize support regarding media contacts as appropriate.  Provide advice and expertise regarding risk and crisis communications to health unit teams and staff.
  • Maintain an awareness of external legislation and standards related to communications (e.g., AODA, web access) and provide guidance regarding compliance requirements.
  • Establish new and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and foster links in areas of mutual interest.


  • Graduate degree in communications, public relations, marketing, health communications or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.
  • 3 – 5 years’ professional experience in public relations, communications, issues management, social marketing, community consultation and media relations.
  • Demonstrated experience with risk and crisis communications, project management, special events planning and speech writing.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high-quality written materials and presentations for diverse audiences.
  • In-depth knowledge of communications technologies and practices, social media, web and multi-media approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health, health promotion and local media are assets.  
  • Accreditation from the Canadian Public Relations Society or International Association of Business Communications or Editors’ Association of Canada (attained through peer review/examination process) would be an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, relationship building, critical thinking, and organizational skills.

Salary: $34.84 - $41.36 Commensurate with experience.

Other: Access to transportation required. Mileage allowance provided. Successful applicant requires a clear Criminal Record Check and proof of required immunizations prior to start of work.

Resumes only accepted at:

Northwestern Health Unit
Career Ad #2016-19
Deadline for Applications:  July 13, 2016 at 4:30pm, CST

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.