Job Opportunity: Media Officer

Media Officer (Ottawa)
Full-time permanent position
Application Deadline May 27, 2019

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, with more than 100,000 supporters, a network of volunteer chapters, a national office in Ottawa and four regional offices. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and a vibrant democracy. The Council is looking for its next Media Officer.

Under the general direction of the Director of Development and working in close collaboration with the Communications, Development and Political Teams and other members of staff, the Media Officer is responsible for planning, developing and implementing the Council’s media strategy and contributes to the organization’s overarching communications strategy.

The Officer is specifically responsible for: writing/editing/researching press releases, media statements, op-eds and other media/communications pieces; ongoing media monitoring and ensuring prompt and effective responses to emerging issues; cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with members of the media; growing, moderating and populating the Council’s social media feeds to support the organization’s goals and drive digital engagement; staying current on social media analytics, trends and best practices, and producing certain communications materials. Please find full job description here.

Essential duties and major responsibilities include:

  • Plans, develops and implements the Council’s media relations and social media strategies, and contributes to the Council’s broader communications strategy; provides media and social media support to the Council’s campaigns, fundraising and organizing objectives;
  • identifies media opportunities through media monitoring and analysis;
  • undertakes proactive and reactive outreach activities; liaises, ensures appropriate contact, develops and maintains good working relationships with appropriate journalists and outlets, responds to inquiries from journalists, including interviews;
  • acts as a campaign/organizational representative/spokesperson (e.g. attends conferences, press conferences, makes statements to the media etc);
  • participates in the scheduling and planning of, and in providing advice and direction for, all planned national and regional media/communications activities in collaboration with campaigns, development and organizing staff (e.g. media releases/conferences, events, paid publicity, etc.) including logistical elements and oversight of event staff/volunteers as needed;
  • writes and, where appropriate, edits and ensures distribution of Council media releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, briefs and articles for the mass media in collaboration with other staff;
  • runs the Council’s social media feeds and plans, develops and implements the organization’s social media strategy in collaboration with other staff;
  • produces original digital content, including video and graphics, to drive social media sharing and direct followers and influencers to political and fundraising digital engagement pages;
  • monitors emerging issues on social media for opportunities to amplify the Council’s work;
  • develops and enforces the Council’s social media community standards, including monitoring and moderating posts on all Council feeds;
  • collaborates with other members of the Communications Team to ensure all media/communications work is effectively planned and implemented;
  • collaborates with other Council staff to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the organization;
  • other related duties.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a university degree in journalism/communications or other relevant education;
  • thorough knowledge of, and at least three years experience in, media relations, social media and communications for a not-for-profit organization, or similar structure;
  • understanding of how communications play a key role in building social movements, and driving advocacy and fundraising campaigns;
  • a commitment to the Council’s values, vision and direction;
  • superior knowledge of current federal, economic, social and political issues;
  • exceptional written, oral, editing, message-development and research skills in English with fluency in French considered an asset;
  • ability to deliver high-quality work in a fast-paced environment and to switch gears quickly from one project to the next;
  • ability to synthesize information and express complex concepts in a clear and compelling manner, including the ability to translate political, environmental and social analysis into engaging communications messages;
  • high proficiency at running multiple social media platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, including content generation and management to tell compelling stories, elevate organizational profile, attract influencers and new followers, and drive deeper digital engagement;
  • understanding of how to monitor and interpret web analytics and other metrics to improve media and communications strategies;
  • graphic design and video production/editing skills;
  • proven skills and experience in the planning and implementation of projects;
  • curiosity and willingness to always be learning;
  • good interpersonal skills and the ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgement at all times;
  • proven administrative skills and an organized approach with an ability to prioritize and effectively handle many demands; and
  • capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting.

This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours per week and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Pay scale starting at $66,421 (Classification 5) per year.

The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer and a unionized workplace represented by UNIFOR Local 567.

The Council of Canadians is committed to employment equity. We seek to build a diverse and welcoming team. We encourage individuals from communities facing systemic barriers to apply, including people of colour, Indigenous people, the Black community, women, LGBTQIA2S and people with disabilities. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity. Any such disclosure is voluntary, and you may identify with more than one community or group.

The Council further welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities and will make every effort to fulfill requests for accommodation. If you require accommodation to complete and submit your application and/or during the interview process, please advise the recruitment contact person, so arrangements can be made.

APPLICATIONS: Send your cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019 to Quote competition Media Officer on application. Please consider month and year when writing dates of volunteer and work history in your resume.

Please find full job description here.

We appreciate all applications but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. You can check the status of the recruitment process on our website at

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