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Communications Officer, Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

Communications Officer

The CSPC-T has a full-time Communications Officer position available.  This position will be of interest to individuals who have a proven track record in working in the area of communications and who enjoy working in a busy team environment that is focused on community development and action.

This position encompasses the development and implementation of the overall communications, public relations and media strategies of the CSPC-T.  


  • Develops and implements internal and external communication strategies/policies;
  • Prepares annual communication plan.
  • Develops and disseminates all CSPC-T publications, printed and promotional materials (e.g. reports, newsletters, journals, periodic publications, texts, brochures, written and electronic bulletins, flyers, press releases, etc.);
  • Provides content, artistic and production direction of the CSPC-T website
  • Manages information on the CSPC-T website including editing, updating contents, creating pages for new information and products and new graphics and visuals.
  • Prepares materials using current software technology including communications software, website and other Internet applications and desktop publishing;
  • Proofreads all documents
  • Ensures that materials are effectively translated where appropriate;
  • Negotiates with off-site suppliers (e.g. printing, design etc.).
  • Develops and maintains media contact list;
  • Writes and develops press releases, articles, speeches, media advisories, media kits, and cultivates media relations;
  • Responds to media enquiries and acts as liaison with media.
  • Designs resource development strategies.
  • Supervises placement students and volunteers as appropriate.


  • 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;
  • Certificate program or equivalent in design, print production, promotional planning;
  • Strong editorial skills for ensuring accessibility of CSPC-T's communications;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with media;
  • Established media relationships/contacts;
  • Good negotiation, and interpersonal skills including the ability to train/teach colleagues;
  • Creative talents in developing community education resource materials;
  • Experience in popular education and clear language tools;
  • Good organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines, ability to work independently, flexibly, creatively and able to take initiative;
  • Knowledge and awareness of social justice issues affecting the not-for-profit community sector;
  • Knowledge of database systems;
  • Strong computer skills and excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with web 2.0 technology
  • Experience in a variety of desktop publishing programs such as Adobe Professional, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Ability to maintain and update websites.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, design and layout of journals, texts, and pamphlets;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills, knowledge of a second (or more) language and culture an asset;
  • Public relations and/or marketing experience in the not-for profit sector an asset

Salary Range: $42,500 - $58,250                

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of application and resume to:

Maria Serrano, Director of Operations
c/o Margaret Hau
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, ON  M5B 1J3

Deadline for Applications:    Friday, July 25, 2008