We are hiring! Director Communications

Job Description: Director Communications
Location: Toronto

Director of Communications will be responsible to provide strategic communication services for B’nai Brith. In particular, the role of Director of Communications will take the lead in developing communication plans and issues management solutions to support B’nai Brith’s strategies. This will involve leading the development of new and innovative strategies to increase public understanding of B’nai Brith’s activities. Director of Communications must be strategic, objective-driven and message-focused in order to succeed in this role. Director of Communications reports directly to the CEO of B’nai Brith in Toronto.

 

Director of Communications primary duties are as follows:

  • Manage communications staff, freelance writers and volunteer contributors
  • Maintain a strong professional relationship with the CEO, the National Director of the League for Human Rights, the CMO, and the Director of Marketing as required, collaborating strategically in all brand aspects including the planning of press releases, op-eds, external emails, social media, and promotional content
  • Assign and generate content across all platforms
  • In conjunction with the CMO, maintain and grow media contacts across Canada to ensure the high visibility of B’nai Brith brand and its charitable works in the media
  • Develop and implement communications vehicles, including briefing notes, backgrounders, news releases, media lines, questions and answers, speeches, speaking points, internal and external publications, e-mails, correspondence, and web site documents to support the B’nai Brith’s objectives and policies;
  • Write and edit communications vehicles to ensure a superior standard of written and spoken communications;
  • Establish and maintain communications service standards to provide effective communications to B’nai Brith and its internal and external clients;
  • Develop and implement processes to measure the effectiveness of communications services;
  • Provide strategic communications advice and support to the CEO on key issues;
  • Develop a network of communications contacts;
  • Lead, manage and develop a high efficiency communications department;
  • Provide leadership in fostering equity and inclusiveness in the development of the communications team; and
  • Perform other communications related duties as assigned.

BEHAVIORS/COMPETENCIES AND DESCRIPTION:

Communicate relentlessly – openly and effectively share information, ideas, opinions and thoughts and attentively listen to and build on the ideas of others
Builds and maintains relationships – Connect with and influences others to create and maintain relationships built on mutual respect, understanding, confidence and trust
Displays drive and purpose – Demonstrate focus, energy and persistence to achieve objectives despite obstacles.
Lives the values – Align own actions with B’nai Brith values, and role model honesty, integrity and appreciation of individual and cultural differences

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • To take on the role of Director Communications, you must have:
  • A three-year community college diploma in a related field (e.g., Public Relations, Journalism) with ten (10) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with the ability to draft clear and compelling internal and external communications;
  • Experience writing for web, electronic and print media;
  • Strong strategic-thinking and planning skills with a demonstrated track record;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and successfully implementing communications strategies, including marketing and advertising campaigns;
  • Strong client-service orientation and commitment to excellence, with a proven track record for successfully delivering measurable communications results;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure, juggling multiple priorities and tight deadlines;
  • Proven skills in problem-solving, consultation, and negotiating with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to approach communications tactics with innovation, contributing new ideas and concepts to realize objectives in a cost-efficient and effective manner;
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work both independently and collaboratively in the give-and-take of a creative team environment;
  • Experience in program budgeting;
  • Proficient keyboarding skill and expertise in computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, presentation packages, Internet, project management software); and
  • Proven ability in promoting equitable practices which value inclusiveness and diversity.

THE SKILLS YOU’LL BRING:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in journalism or equivalent work experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • 10 years of progressive editing/writing experience
  • Strong digital/analytics background essential
  • Familiarity with the work, direction and vision of B’nai Brith Canada
  • Proven success in managing and developing a communications team
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with MS Office, and experience and/or ability to work with Nation Builder
  • Ability to manage time well in a multi-deadline environment and meet all deadlines with a superior work product
  • Comfortable with public speaking

 

Please send your CV to [email protected]

Only the relevant candidates will be contacted.