Communications Officer - CFNU

This position is in addition to CFNU's current Communications Officer position.


Under the direction of the President and/or the Executive Director, the Communications Officers are responsible for implementation of the overall communications strategy for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. The Communications Officers provide support for all activities related to the policy and government relations of the CFNU, including all media relations. The Communications Officers have responsibility to plan, manage and ensure quality control of the development and delivery of all communications products. This position works in close collaboration with the full staff team and in particular with the other Communications Officer. Communications staff will work closely with the ED to determine division of tasks, projects and campaigns on an annual or semi-annual basis.


  • Annually prepares a communications outline and works with the Executive Director to create a work plan
  • Develops and implements media campaigns and social media initiatives designed for and targeted at CFNU members, stakeholders, government officials, decision makers and the public at large
  • Responsible for CFNU’s website and other electronic communications, including CFNU’s Speak Up app
  • Responsible for CFNU’s social media presence and content, including developing graphic shareables
  • Provides writing and editing services for a broad range of communication products, including government submissions, policy reports, speeches, presentations, news releases, media backgrounders and CFNU reports
  • Provides in-house graphic design and layout for CFNU products and oversees the work of external contractors hired for the same
  • Plans news conferences and keeps current with news and events of specific interest to the CFNU
  • Maintains an up-to-date list of national media contacts, develops a good working relationship with media representatives and is responsible for dissemination of information
  • Assures projects are completed within stated budget and time schedule
  • Collaborates with team members on projects that must be delivered under tight time and budget constraints
  • Provides information, support and resources to Member Organizations’ communications staff to facilitate their work to advance messaging and materials created by the CFNU, including creating, upon request, tailored content for MOs as well as talking points and message boxes as needed
  • Uses a variety of strategies to amplify MOs’ activities and campaigns on a national level
  • Work closely with the GR and Research staff to strategically promote and profile all of CFNU research, policy products and campaigns using media channels designed for multiple audiences
  • Other duties as assigned by the President and/or Executive Director

Internal Contacts

  • National Executive Board
  • CFNU staff
  • Staff and committees within Member Organizations

External Contacts

  • National and regional media outlets
  • Reporters and commentators in the health field
  • National nursing and health organizations
  • External designers and contractors


  • Provides strategic advice and recommends action as appropriate and necessary to the President
  • Makes independent decisions, as appropriate, related to the above responsibilities



  • Post-secondary education in communications, marketing or public relations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Formal training/education in design is preferred


  • Five years of professional work experience with a union, NGO or professional association
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in communications is preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in working with boards of directors and membership-driven organizations


  • Excellent English writing and editing skills which can be applied to various communications (e.g., news releases, submissions, reports, pamphlets, speaking notes, web or digital content, etc.)
  • Must have knowledge and skill in the use of communications software, including publishing and design software and web design software, specifically the Adobe Creative Suite, including: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as well as WordPress
  • Additional skills and familiarity with other relevant software packages would be considered an asset (including video editing software, other design packages, social media tools, etc.)
  • Basic to intermediate graphic design and layout skills
  • Knowledge of and experience using a variety of social media platforms as a business communications tool
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to work and communicate with internal staff, National Executive Board, elected leaders, government officials, stakeholders and CFNU partners
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks with conflicting duties and timelines
  • Ability to anticipate problems and respond with solutions
  • Ability to realistically envision deliverables, coordinate and balance workflow to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and understanding of the trade union movement and issues facing the union movement
  • Ability to work in French is desirable

The individual will work under a collective agreement and will be a member of UNIFOR Local 567.

Applications should be submitted online through the Charity Village portal before the deadline of Monday March 18th, 2019. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 25th.

Please Note: Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter detailing how their qualifications match the above requirements.

In addition you must submit: two writing samples (one editorial style, and one corporate style), one sample of a layout or design for which they were solely responsible, and a Twitter or Facebook handle(s) that they were/are responsible for monitoring and maintaining (if this is in the past, please provide the relevant dates)

To upload your three additional documents, please do so in the Cover Letter & Other Documents section of the application. When uploading each document, select from the drop down menu what type of document you will be uploading and then click "Browse" to select the document from your computer.


Apply via charity village:

Closing date: 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 16:30


Please indicate on your cover letter that you saw this job posting at the CALM Job Board.