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Job Number:  38090
Communications Assistant
Job Posted: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Closing Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
(20 days ago)
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Region: Toronto Metro area Type: Full time
Location: Toronto Salary: (not entered)

Communications Assistant

Status:  Full-time

Location(s):  Currently located at Downsview Park with plans to move to the Rouge Park area in 2019

Reports to:  Executive Director

Compensation: TBD, commensurate with experience


About Toronto Wildlife Centre


Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC), a registered charity, is the only wildlife centre in the Greater Toronto Area and the busiest in Canada. Approximately 5,000 wild animals are admitted to the centre each year representing over 270 different species of wildlife.  Dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and to educating the public on wildlife-related issues, TWC was the first wildlife centre in Canada with a full veterinary hospital and the only one with a dedicated wildlife rescue program, and is open 365 days a year. 

Position Summary

In this unique and exciting role, you will combine your creative communication and social media skills with your passion for promoting peaceful co-existence for people and wildlife. You will join a fantastic team of staff and volunteers committed to educating the public on wildlife issues and providing medical and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild. As a key member of the team, the Communications Assistant will assist with strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate Toronto Wildlife Centre’s mission. Your goal is to advance our position and profile with relevant constituents, as well as drive broader awareness and donor support. Scope includes assisting with content creation for our varied and integrated communications channels and ensuring adherence to our style and branding guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with developing and implementing an integrated strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of programs and mission, and increase the visibility of our programs across key stakeholder audiences
  • Identify fundraising challenges and emerging issues
  • Collaborate with staff to recognize communications opportunities and solutions, and execute appropriate strategies to support them
  • Compile marketing and user statistics to inform ongoing strategy
  • Assist with the development of print and web communications including social media postings, website and blog content, newsletters, brochures and donor correspondence, while maintaining brand standards and enforcing style guidelines
  • Assist with posting “to-the-moment” content on our website and social media channels and monitor our presence on social media channels
  • Assist with updating our website and review and approve content from other members of staff
  • Assist with managing volunteer photographers, videographers and graphic designers
  • Work collaboratively with communications staff and volunteers
  • Assist with developing messaging for annual fundraising
  • Assist with other communication and fundraising tasks as needed


  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail in both design and writing
  • Strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Ability to work quickly and under tight timelines to communicate “to-the-moment” news and funding needs
  • Excellent and persuasive communicator
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Advanced computer skills — i.e.; MS Word, Excel, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Savvy with current popular social media channels
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively within a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Passion for Toronto Wildlife Centre’s mission


  • Education background in communications
  • Graphic design abilities
  • Experience in a communications role
  • Education and/or experience in fundraising
  • Basic photography skills
  • Basic understanding of SEO and web analytics
How to Apply:
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To apply: Please e-mail cover letter, resume and references to with subject line “Communications Assistant.” Attention Shannon Brown. Due to high number of expected applicants, only those individuals who qualify for an interview will be contacted. No inquiries please.
Contact Details:
Shannon Brown
Toronto Wildlife Centre
60 Carl Hall Rd., Unit 4
Toronto, ON, M3K 2C1

Tel: 416-631-0662
www:   www.torontowildlifecentre.com

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