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Communications and Campaigns Officer

Location: Toronto
Employment status: Full-time, permanent (after probationary period)
Salary range: $43,000 – $50,000 per year plus full benefits, including 3 weeks vacation
Language requirements: Preferred Bilingual (English/French)
Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, position open until filled

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca) promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV and AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is one of the world’s leading advocacy organizations working on legal and human rights issues raised by HIV and AIDS.

The Legal Network is seeking a Communications and Campaigns Officer to conceptualize, write and coordinate production of an array of communications and campaigns products (design capabilities would be a strong asset), act as a strategic liaison with journalists (both national and international), lead community outreach activities, and devise and implement creative advocacy and government relations campaigns in consultation with the Research and Policy Unit. In addition, this position works with the Director of Communications to support the Development unit in its fundraising efforts — specifically through the creation of stewardship materials and other donor-centered communications, as well as the promotion of events. As part of the Communications Team, the Communications and Campaigns Officer reports to the Director of Communications and Advocacy. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Help to develop, implement and evaluate the Legal Network’s media relations (and cultivate relationships with media as the primary liaison for journalists), stakeholder relations and public communications activities;
  • Help to plan, manage, implement and evaluate multi-faceted, creative strategic communications projects (including print, web-based, and digital projects) from start to finish;
  • In collaboration with the Research and Policy Unity, help to develop, plan, implement and evaluate advocacy and government relations campaigns and products, which may include direct outreach to politicians and policymakers;
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies for various communications campaigns and for appropriate audiences (including, but not limited to, community groups and current and prospective donors);
  • Undertake writing and editing duties related to media relations and other projects, including press releases, letters to the editor, opinion editorials, brochures, web text, etc.;
  • Undertake design for certain products (if design capabilities exist); manage outside contractors in the design and production of certain products;
  • Provide strategic communications advice (with particular emphasis on audiences and promotions) for Legal Network workshops and events; work to coordinate communications and press events as needed;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies/initiatives to cultivate, recognize and steward donors (including print materials, website content, web-based communications, and gift recognition correspondence);
  • Provide strategic communications advice (with particular emphasis on audiences and promotions) for Legal Network membership/donor activities, as assigned by the Director of Communications and Advocacy (with input from the Director of Development);
  • Act as back-up for managing the organization’s social media accounts;
  • Work with the Communications Specialist on maintaining website content; and
  • Undertake other related tasks as may be assigned by the Director of Communications and Advocacy.

As an ideal candidate, you:

  • Hold a post-secondary degree (BA, diploma) and ideally 2-3 years communications experience;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communications skills in English (and such skills in French would be a strong asset);
  • Are experienced in liaising with journalists and media outlets;
  • Understand the importance of strategic communications and are familiar with the production of many different types of communications products and mediums;
  • Have experience in advocacy and government relations, and are comfortable interacting with politicians and policymakers;
  • Have worked with outside contractors to produce successful communications products;
  • Have design experience and skills and are familiar with design software;
  • Can boast of having organized multiple, successful events;
  • Have worked with an array of stakeholders and understand how to plan strategic communications products tailored to difference audiences;
  • Are experienced in using various social media platforms;
  • Are experienced in website maintenance;
  • Are a team player able to manage various needs and opinions;
  • Display creativity in developing promotional materials and strategies;
  • Maintain good humour and collegiality;
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and can work under tight deadlines;
  • Have prior experience working for a non-governmental organization; and
  • Have a passion for the work of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Please send your resumé to hiring@aidslaw.ca, along with the following: a cover letter explaining how your experience corresponds to this posting, and 2-3 short and recent writing samples demonstrating your strategic communications ability. Writing samples such as news releases and brochures are highly encouraged.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Legal Network is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including persons living with HIV.

Volunteer opportunities

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Legal Network is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people with, and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Before applying

Think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  • When am I available (e.g. during daytime hours, during the week, or only evenings and weekends)?
  • How much time can I volunteer?
  • Do I want to work in or out of the office?
  • What skills can I offer? (Identify 2 or 3 skills, which could include experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.)
  • What do I want to gain from this experience? (Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you let us know what you’re looking for, e.g. experience to add to your resumé, a way to support a worthy cause, social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations.)

Available opportunities

  • Advocacy Campaign — Gathering and updating information on members of Parliament or members of a provincial/territorial legislature or municipal government; contacting people by phone or e-mail; writing advocacy material; developing web content, including video and text; programming and designing for websites.
  • Office Assistance — Greeting people at reception; answering phone calls and helping respond to e-mails; supporting mailings; assisting at events.
  • Policy Research — Performing research; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.


To submit your application for a volunteer position, please e-mail your resumé and the answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager to tgould [at] aidslaw.ca.