ISAC is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist / Organizer. This is a permanent, full time, unionized (OPSEU) position. The preferred start date is June 2021.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
The primary role of Communications Specialist / Organizer is to develop and implement ISAC’s communications strategy and engage with various constituencies within the legal clinic system and low-income community at large to facilitate province-wide campaigns in order to improve the lives of Ontarians with low income who rely on income security programs or are precariously employed. As the Communications Specialist / Organizer you will use a variety of platforms to communicate ISAC’s message as per its mandate, relevant law and policy information, and internal and external advocacy initiatives to other community groups, stakeholders and the general public. This position reports to the Executive Director and is located at ISAC’s downtown Toronto office. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and week-ends.
Communications and Communications Management
• Manage all external communication of the organization, draft media statements and press releases, answer media inquiries, plan media events and coordinate interviews, develop appropriate messaging for media interviews, and may be called upon to act as spokesperson for the organization as appropriate; develop & maintain relationships with media in order to keep income security issues in the public eye
• With input from other staff, develop and implement a comprehensive organizational communications plan and media strategy
• Proactively seek media coverage for ISAC’s initiatives; attend government deputations and presentations (with policy analyst) and stakeholder consultations on behalf of ISAC
• Research and write content for the ISAC’s website, email updates to the clinic system, newsletters and social media outlets to communicate information about ISAC’s work and advocacy.
• Acquire and maintain a detailed knowledge of the organization’s policies, principles and strategies, and to keep up-to-date with relevant developments.
• Use website and social media analytics to track usage trends and subscriber information; Support and evaluate results of communication campaigns with the team.
• Work with other staff to brainstorm content ideas, in line with the organization’s strategy and in support of various initiatives.
• briefing other staff for media appearance and providing regular media training to staff
Public Legal Information and Organizing
• Identify issues and trends of interest to the low-income community;
• Support and facilitate networking, training and communication between social justice organizations, low-income and anti-poverty groups throughout Ontario;
• Work with ISAC staff to create, coordinate, and disseminate policy & legal information for the public through ISAC’s website, traditional media and social media;
• Organize province-wide campaigns around issues identified by the community/clinic pertaining to systemic issues including the root causes of poverty;
• Create and disseminate printed and electronic materials for advocacy campaigns
• Co-ordinate the production of plain-language resources by advocates in their community of interest;
• Coordinate community forums, conferences and workshops on issues pertaining to the work of the clinic;
• Foster cooperative and productive relations between general service clinics and community advocates for joint training and appellant support;
• Ensure community participation in the design and implementation of training and education programs;
• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or equivalent
• A minimum of 2 years’ experience in communications strategy development
• Demonstrated knowledge of income security programs, social justice and systemic barriers to income security and experience working in an anti-racist anti-oppression framework
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an ability to work with a diverse network of partners, particularly low-income and historically marginalized groups
• Experience engaging in direct consultation, outreach, and campaign development with marginalized communities and people with lived experience
• Excellent written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences including traditional media, social media, professional organizations and grassroots advocacy groups
• Experience designing impactful and informative materials including posters, flyers, one-pagers, campaign slogans, social media campaigns
• Strong website and social media content development skills
• Excellent analytical and plain language skills as demonstrated through the preparation and delivery of community-focused publications, workshops, public education resources and presentations
• Strategic and creative mindset with demonstrated political acuity
• Ability to influence others and advocate with broad coalitions to government
• Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
• Meticulous attention to detail
• E-communication tools, MS Office and related business and communication tool skills; Content Management Systems (such as WordPress)
• French Bilingual
• Experience in a legal clinic or other non-profit organization
• Experience with graphic design and video production software
REMUNERATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS:
This is a full-time position with an annual salary of $64,940 – $91,988 depending on relevant experience. There is a group benefit package and 5.5% RRSP on top of salary.
Please send applications by May 28, 2021 to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: Communications Specialist / Organizer Application.
ISAC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from equity seeking groups including but not limited to women, individuals of indigenous descent, persons with disabilities, members of racialized communities, people of diverse faiths and creeds; and people of diverse gender identities or expressions.
We thank all applicants, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.