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October 6, 2020

DEADLINE TO APPLY: OCTOBER 16, 2020 4:00 p.m. EST 

The Ontario Federation of Labour is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it encourages those who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply. First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, persons of colour, persons with a disability, and persons who are 2SLGTBQI+ are encouraged to self-identify in the application.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers and is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation. The OFL is seeking a new Communications Director to lead the organization’s membership and public communications efforts. The successful candidate will begin in October 2020 or as soon as possible, and report to the President of the OFL, through the OFL’s Executive Director. 

The qualified candidate must have:

  • 6-10 years of communications experience, particularly in a leadership role;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • The ability to provide strategic advice related to communications in its many forms;
  • Strong media contacts and the ability to make compelling media pitches;
  • Experience writing opinion editorials and speeches;
  • Excellent social media skills using a variety of platforms;
  • Experience leading media / message training;
  • The ability to be a self-starter and work independently;
  • Familiarity with NationBuilder and Word Press platforms as a communications and engagement tool;
  • Familiarity and experience with In-Design / Adobe Suite, and/ or graphic design platforms;
  • Experience managing competing priorities;
  • A deep commitment to social justice, workers’ rights and the trade union movement;
  • A drivers’ license and car, and
  • Previous experience working in a trade union or not-for-profit environment.

*The ability to work in both English and French (written and oral) will be considered an asset, as will demonstrated graphic design skills.  

The successful candidate will oversee a variety of areas related to OFL communications efforts, including:

General Responsibilities:

  • Developing and overseeing an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the political and organizational objectives of the OFL while promoting awareness and building support for Ontario’s labour movement;
  • Managing the organization’s proactive and reactive communications strategies with respect to media, affiliated unions, policy makers, influencers and the public;
  • Providing ongoing analysis of the impact of all communication strategies, and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Member Relations:

  • Overseeing and executing the OFL’s member engagement strategy;
  • Drafting/ assisting with the production of public reports, literature and speeches, and
  • Writing, editing, and coordinating the design and production of all internal and external communications materials (e-blasts, flyers, newsletters, posters, web-content).

Media Relations:

  • Drafting and editing advisories, releases, op-eds, blog posts;
  • Developing message boxes and preparing officers for media interviews;
  • Providing media training for officers and staff, and
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with journalists, producers and editors across all media platforms andoutlets.

Public Relations:

  • Overseeing all online, print and broadcast ad creation and distribution;
  • Developing and maintaining the organizational brand of the OFL (logos, fonts, style guide);
  • Managing opinion polling and focus group testing for internal and external use, when applicable;
  • Online and social media:
  • Overseeing the development, design and maintenance of OFL website, campaign sites and online properties;
  • Developing and overseeing online and social media strategies;
  • Managing organizational social media accounts, and
  • Providing social media training to officers and staff.

Photography, Video and Design Work:

  • Documenting and maintaining the OFL photo and video records for archiving purposes;
  • Coordinating photography, photo editing and photo sharing;
  • Coordinating videography, video editing and video sharing;
  • Coordinating commissioned illustration and internal graphic design work, and
  • Managing all external communications vendors.

Full-time, permanent position, working remotely, and out of the Federation of Labour office in North York, Toronto. The successful candidate is covered under the COPE 343 Collective Agreement, with a weekly salary of $2,205.57 or $114,689.64 annually, including COLA plus benefits. 

Applications, including supporting communications materials, can be sent to OFL Executive Director Rob Halpin at Rhalpin@ofl.ca . Please include your name and “OFL Communications Director” in the subject line of your email.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. EST. 

Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

DATE POSTED:         October 06, 2020       
REMOVAL DATE:     October 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST

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