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Job Opportunity: Communications and Outreach Specialist

We’re hiring a Communications and Outreach Specialist to join the Wellbeing Waterloo Region backbone team!  If you’re passionate about equity, community engagement, social marketing, and innovative outreach, we would love to hear from you! 

Please see below for details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is August 10.

Date of Posting:  July 30, 2021
Length:  Temporary full-time 
Hours of Work:  35 hours per week
Annual Salary:  $63,000 pro-rated to the end of December 2021 (~$35 per hour)
Location:  Waterloo Region
Deadline for applications:  August 10, 2021 at 11:59pm

Communications & Outreach Specialist

Wellbeing Waterloo Region (WWR) is a community collaborative to improve the wellbeing of residents in Waterloo Region (www.wellbeingwaterloo.ca).  The Communications and Outreach Specialist position is with Wellbeing Waterloo Region and will report to the Network Catalyst.  This full-time (35 hours per week) contract position will be effective from date of hire (preferred start date of August 2021) to December 31, 2021.  This role may provide an option for secondment (temporary assignment to WWR). 

Description of duties:

Coordinates the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of communication, community engagement, and social marketing projects for Wellbeing Waterloo Region, including creating content, designing promotional materials, and executing social media campaigns on a variety of platforms.
Writes promotional and communications materials for social media, presentations, outreach, events, and print, and coordinates the production and development of same.  Writes, reviews, and edits website content using WordPress.

Identifies and pursues communication and outreach opportunities with under-reached audiences to promote and advance WWR initiatives, amplify issues and community supports, and enhance community partnerships. 

Works collaboratively with the WWR team to manage and implement communications and development efforts to support WWR’s long-term sustainability, including online presence, grant proposals, and community engagement efforts.

Monitors, measures, and reports on communication plan milestones, and adjusts communication activities based on outcomes.

Leads, facilitates, and provides backbone support to the Wellbeing Waterloo Region Communications and Engagement working group and co-convenors, including coordinating meetings, assembling materials, and presenting key communications updates.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge and skill in social marketing, communications, social media, and campaign development, normally acquired through a degree or diploma in a related field (e.g., communications, public relations) plus progressively responsible related experience, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of and proven experience using digital communication tools including WordPress, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office to increase reach and enhance community engagement.  Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud (particularly InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) is an asset.
  • Deep knowledge, understanding, and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.   Proven ability to create content that values diversity, fosters true inclusion, and includes diverse perspectives and experiences, as well as stay up-to-date on respectful and evolving language.
  • Ability to write effectively in plain language and a range of voices and creative styles for varied audiences and delivery methods (e.g., print, web, video, photos), and a highly developed sense of discretion, judgment, and political acuity in communicating potentially sensitive subject matter.
  • Ability to learn new technology and stay up-to-date on emerging communications technologies.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and manage multiple projects in a dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with policies, procedures, communication and graphics standards, and related legislation (e.g., AODA).
  • Ability to support and demonstrate Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s principles.
  • Ability to travel within and outside Waterloo Region.
  • May be required to alter working hours for special events.

We invite applicants to APPLY by emailing a cover letter and resume to: wellbeingwr@regionofwaterloo.ca no later than 11:59pm on August 10th, 2021.

The Region of Waterloo, a partner of Wellbeing Waterloo Region, is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and supporting the well-being of our employees. We encourage qualified applicants to apply and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.  We seek to prioritize candidates with lived experience as part of historically under-represented and equity-deserving groups, including those who are: Black; racialized; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit; women; persons with a disability; and 2SLGBTQ+.

Alternate formats of this document are available upon request. Please contact the Service First Contact Centre at phone number 519-575-4400, or TTY number 519-575-4608 to request an alternate format.

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