Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations. All CMHA-YRSS employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID 19 as a condition of hire.
Why work for CMHA York Region?
We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. We offer an inclusive, innovative and high-performance work culture that helps us deliver transformational impact. The organization cares about the growth, safety and well-being of employees and offers:
Learn more about us by visiting: https://cmha-yr.on.ca/careers/
We are hiring a Communications Coordinator on our Communications Team!
Closing Date: Until Filled
Contract: Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Until March 31, 2023. Evening Hours and Weekends may be required
Competition #: 2021-059
Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Communications Coordinator will be working primarily in our Newmarket Office (1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.
CMHA York Region is growing, and with that comes the need for a strategic communications function, which seeks opportunities to build and enhance CMHA's already strong reputation. We are looking for a new and very important addition to this department: Communications Coordinator!
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing internal and external communication support to CMHA-YRSS, including social and digital media, media relations and internal communications. This position will be reporting to the Senior Director of Communications.
• Drafting communications
o Prepares organizational communications including news articles for the intranet and website, bi-weekly newsletter, email announcements, poster campaigns, brochures, press releases, etc.
• Social and digital media management
o Updates CMHA-YR social media channels in a timely and engaging manner, commenting on our key events, policy updates and mental health topics. Helps to establish a unique and appealing CMHA-YR voice on social media
o Responds to requests to update CMHA-YR website, ensuring program information is up to date and accessible.
o Drafts and uploads stories to staff intranet and social media channels
o Proactively recommends social and digital media updates where appropriate.
o Prepares monthly reports indicating social and digital media performance
• Provides communication support for key initiatives and events
o Under the guidance of the Senior Director, Communications, provides support for key organizational initiatives internally and externally
o Works as a member of event planning teams to ensure smooth running of events and maximizing attendance
o Coordinates monthly all-staff video conference
• Undergraduate degree in a communications discipline (PR, journalism, communication)
• 1 to 3 years in a similar role
• Understanding of communications best practices and a demonstrated desire to further own knowledge and skills
• Knowledge of digital communications tools
• Outstanding written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Strong social media management skills, including understanding of major platforms and measuring communications reach and impact
• Basic design skills (e.g. InDesign, Adobe Creative Suits, Canva)
• Ability to work independently
• Proactively generating story ideas and suggesting improved approaches
• Creative thinker
This position reports to Senior Director of Communications.
Working Conditions: Office work with some active work required during events
Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.
If you are interested in this opportunity, follow the link below, go to Current Opportunities and click on the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of the job posting page to proceed to upload your cover letter and resume:
Complete the application form and submit the following:
1) Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want the Project Manager role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
2) Resume (PDF or Word)
CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca
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