Communications Coordinator - Canadian Jesuits International
CJI is seeking a highly motivated individual to act as Communications Coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to use their skills with a not-for-profit organization committed to social justice.
Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is the overseas development agency of the Jesuits in English Canada. Working with local partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, CJI supports programs in education, health, agriculture, human rights, pastoral care and emergency relief. We raise awareness among Canadians about the causes of injustice and poverty in the Global South, rooted in a commitment to social justice and Catholic Social teachings. For more information on CJI please see www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the communications and media plan of CJI.
Relations and accountability
The Communications Coordinator reports to the Director of Canadian Jesuits International.
- Edit and give final approval to any written CJI material whether in print or electronic format, including articles, blogs, appeals, adverts, flyers and other publications.
- Monitor events related to the work of CJI, the international Jesuit network and current international issues and suggest and develop related content for the CJI website and publications as appropriate.
- Coordinate the production and distribution of all publications. This includes the following: be responsible for the production of the Newsletter (published 3 times a year), appeals (Christmas and Easter), annual report, project profiles, appeals to donors and other publications; setting up and coordinating editorial meetings; suggesting themes and content; contacting contributors; setting a timeline and ensuring deadlines are met; editing articles, sourcing and choosing photos, directing the layout (which can contracted to others), dealing with the printer and designer, and giving final approval before printing/publication/posting.
- Keep the CJI website updated, write news, features, country and project updates, etc. and maintain overall editorial oversight of all content uploaded on the website.
- Ensure that new items are posted regularly by uploading regular features in the homepage slider and by contacting CJI partners in the field on a monthly basis to ask for project news.
- Ensure that the website is fully functional and ensure design update as required.
- Coordinate the implementation of technological improvements to the website.
- Monitor traffic to the website and provide recommendations that lead to upgrading the efficiency of the website as a communications tool.
- Develop an electronic version of the CJI Newsletter.
- Contribute to social media posts on facebook, twitter, etc. in collaboration with CJI staff.
- Follow CJI editorial policy and develop it as required.
- Oversee and help design a reader survey of the CJI newsletter.
- Lead the development and implementation of a CJI communication strategy.
- Provide advice and feedback on communications related projects.
- Media Relations: develop contacts with the media, organize interviews with visiting overseas partners, and ensure CJI presence in the media.
- An understanding and commitment to the mission of CJI, knowledge of the Jesuits and of Ignatian Spirituality.
- Strong editing and writing skills, experience in writing human interest and social justice stories.
- Demonstrated experience in the development of communications materials and in dealing with the media.
- Strong project management, planning, and organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once (knowledge of graphic design principles and print production are considered assets).
- Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective internal and external working relationships.
- Post-secondary education in communications or other related discipline plus 2- 3 years of relevant experience.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Knowledge of Spanish or French is highly desirable.
- Advanced computer skills to upload content to website, social media, e-newsletter preparation, editing and document layout.
- Basic graphic design skills in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
- An understanding of Catholic Social Justice teachings is an asset.
- Ability to work as a dedicated team member.
Part-time, contract (approx 10 hours a week), based in Toronto. Some travel in Canada or internationally may be required.
Deadline for application: August 25, 2014
Apply by email to Please include cover letter and resume.
CJI is committed to diversity in its workplace and welcomes applications from qualified candidates eligible to work in Canada.
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.