Come work with us! We are looking for a part-time Communications Advisor to fill a parental leave (9 months). Apply by February 15.
The Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network (WNHHN) is seeking a Communications Advisor to cover a 9-month contract to support a parental leave. The position will support the advocacy and communications efforts of the WNHHN and the National Indigenous Housing Network. This covers everything from social media, working with the media, advocacy efforts, promoting announcements, research, reports, building and maintaining partner relationships, and supporting events. This position will also provide some basic administrative support to the team (e.g., calendaring, notetaking).
Most importantly, the successful candidate will demonstrate a keen passion and interest in social justice issues, particularly housing rights and ending homelessness.
The WNHHN is a collective of diverse women, including those with lived expertise, who are working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for women, girls, and gender-diverse peoples across Canada. The WNHHN aims to do this through research, advocacy and activism efforts that realize the right to housing for all women and gender-diverse people.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Social media (text, graphics) and digital strategy, newsletters, etc.
- Writing (blogs, infographics, webinars, articles, press releases, FAQs, etc.)
- Website development and upkeep
- Working with and leading graphic designers and leading brand creation, brand strategy, and anything requiring complicated design or style work
- Video editing, video writing/creation, video strategy
- Develops a variety of communications collaterals including reports, marketing and brand materials, brochures, templates, and presentation materials, including overseeing graphic design and layout for print and digital materials.
- Communications planning/strategy
- Campaign work (development, communications or advocacy, strategy, letter-writing campaigns, social media)
- Media relations and strategy (contacts, press releases, media advisories, coaching/prepping)
- Identify and escalate issues and support the preparation of issues notes and responses publicly or among partners (such as reacting to a news event or women/gender diverse-related human rights infringements)
- Liaise positively and proactively with public, private, and civil society partners to ensure effective flow of communication on events and issues
- Partner engagement support
- Basic administrative support (e.g., calendaring, notetaking).
Qualifications and Skills
- Passion for ending homelessness and a commitment to working collaboratively to get there.
- A minimum of two years experience in communications, journalism, or an equivalent experience.
- Highly organized and ability to work independently in a virtual office setting and self-manage to oversee progress on multiple projects simultaneously.
- The ability to cope with and embrace change, and to respond to a busy work environment with shifting priorities.
- Superior technological capability especially with regards to Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Zoom, a social media scheduler (WNHHN uses Loomly), and WordPress.
- Demonstrates sound judgement including the ability to identify, analyze and solve problems independently.
- Customer service oriented with a demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, senior management, and external contacts.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Bonus experience in pitching successful news stories to the media and maintaining press contacts.
Diversity & Inclusion
WNHHN strives for inclusion and diversity by attracting extraordinary people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Candidates with lived experience of homelessness and/or who self-identify as being from a marginalized community, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQQIA persons, are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized. We ask that these candidates indicate their relevant identities in their cover letters.
Software Applications Used
- Microsoft 365
- Microsoft Office
- Internet browsers
- Website (WordPress)
- Loomly (or a social media scheduler platform)
- New/Mode (or a campaign platform)
- Google Drive
Work Environment, Salary, and Hours
- The Communications Advisor will work part-time at up to 20 hrs/week for a temporary 9-month contract.
- The hourly rate for this position is $35-$40/hr (dependent on experience).
- This position can be located anywhere in Canada and is remote.
- This position requires the ability to work flexible hours from a virtual/home office location without the standard support available at a business office.
- Expected start date is projected for early March 2023. The role will include overlap with the Advocacy and Communications Director before their parental leave begins to help with the transition.