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Communications Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Job description and qualifications

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is one of the world's foremost non-governmental organizations dedicated to the promotion of the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The Legal Network seeks an experienced communications director to lead the organization's efforts in media and other communication with the public as well as to contribute to the organization's communication with its membership, government officials, NGO partners and donors.

Specific areas of responsibility include

* Direct the Legal Network's media work, including ensuring optimal impact from Legal Network press events, launches of publications, workshops, etc. The communications director should be a spokesperson for the organization and should respond to inquiries from the public and the press as appropriate and with the support of the Research and Policy Team.

* In collaboration with the policy analysts and senior management, write Legal Network press statements, summaries for the web site, and other communiques. Write the occasional op-ed or other opinion piece for publication.

* Build a data base of national and international journalists with an interest in issues of concern to the Legal Network and ensure continuing relationships with key media staff.

* Work with senior management and the Research and Policy Team to formulate communications strategies that ensure optimal communications impact of Legal Network reports, information sheets and other publications, and workshops and other events.

* Oversee improvements in the design and content of the Legal Network's web site.

* Develop the annual communications work plan and ensure that it is implemented in a timely manner.

* Contribute to the development of funding applications and budgets by the Management Team, particularly in those areas involving communications outputs.

* Work collaboratively with the Research and Policy Team and the Program Support Team to ensure the smooth and timely production of Legal Network materials and events.

The communications director reports to the executive director. He or she will probably supervise a communications associate. The communications director is a member of the Management Team of the organization.

Qualifications include

* Experience in managing relations with print and broadcast media, preferably for a non-governmental organization and preferably in the area of HIV/AIDS or human rights.

* Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and French.

* Ability and interest to master Legal Network issues; prefer some experience in the area of HIV/AIDS or human rights.

* Experience preferred in government relations and/or policy-level advocacy and communications, especially in HIV/AIDS or human rights.

* Experience in working with a multidisciplinary team, preferably in a non-governmental organization setting.

* Good humour, collegiality, ability to work under deadline pressure.

This position will be located in Toronto. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Legal Network offers a competitive benefits package.

The Legal Network encourages women, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons, and persons of colour to apply for this position.

Application deadline is July 29, 2005. Please send your CV and unedited writing sample to Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.