Corporate Communications Coordinator - Toronto | Dying With Dignity Canada | | 05/04/14
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Corporate Communications Coordinator full-time

Location: Toronto
Salary: $38,000 - $43,000
Company Name: Dying With Dignity Canada ()
Category: Communications, Copywriting / Writing
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Are you bright and ambitious?
Do you want to make the world a better place?

Join the fight for the right to die with dignity – the biggest human rights issue facing Canadians today.

We are currently looking for a Corporate Communications Coordinator to support the education mandate of DWD. This position reports to the CEO and works closely with the Community Education and Communications Coordinator.

About Dying With Dignity Canada
DyingWith Dignity Canada (DWD) is Canada's largest and oldest right to die with dignity charity and a member of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.  DWD also promotes advance care planning, advocates for patients’ rights, and provides support to individuals who want to choose a gentle death under our current laws.

We are a small organization that has experienced significant growth over the past three years.  We have five staff members (soon to be six), 3,000 members and supporters across the country and an amazing group of committed volunteers (volunteers donated over 8,000 hours of their time to DWD in 2013).

Dying With Dignity undertakes wide ranging communications through its website, newsletter, emails, media releases, workshops and events.

Key Responsibilities Include

1. Project Manages Quarterly Publications: Newsletter and Annual Report

Duties include:

  • In conjunction with the CEO, develop creative concept or theme and plan content ensuring specific mandated topics are covered.
  • Invite contributors (staff and volunteers) to submit articles and liaise with them until final content received, edited and approved.
  • Maintain quality control of all aspects of the process including editing, proofreading, design and print.
  • Liaise with external suppliers to ensure high quality on schedule finished product.

2. Creates Bulk Electronic Emails

  • Through our email marketing system (currently mailchimp) creates and sends emails to members and supporters (excluding event and chapter related emails)
  • With input from the CEO and the Coordinator, Member Engagement and Administration, creates periodic member surveys

3. Manages Website (Excluding Events and Chapter Related Sections)

Responsible for the content, accuracy, ranking and ease of use of our website.  Duties include:

  • Writing website content (through a user-friendly content management system – this is a writing, not a programming function).
  • Adding other elements to improve the readability, clarity and engagement of the website (including graphs, charts, pictures and videos).
  • Maintaining the website by updating or replacing material that becomes obsolete.
  • Maximizing the ranking of the website through the use of engaging content and SEO tools (links, tags, CMS specific tools).
  • Develops key messages that will be used not only in the website but also by DWD speakers and writers.

4. Informs Media and Responds to Media Requests

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepares and sends media releases to announce breaking news
  • Maintains an updated list of media contacts
  • Directs all media inquiries to appropriate resource material and/or  DWD spokesperson
  • Provides key messages to speakers
  • Tracks key statistics around media requests and use of information provided

5. Other Projects

Other related (writing or project management) duties as required.

Personal Values

The successful candidate must be a strong supporter of end-of-life choice and the mission and programs of DWD. Note that through our Client Support Program we provide information and support to mentally competent adults at end-of-life who are grievously ill and wish tomanage the timing of their death to stop their suffering. Client support staff and volunteers maybe physically present as a person dies. While you will not be directly involved with this program, if you do not support it, you will not be a good fit for this position.

Skills, Education and Other Requirements

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to work within a small office environment.  This position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degreeand/or diploma in relevant discipline.
  • Superb writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience with all standard office equipment and software packages including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and online tools.
  • Minimum of 2 – 5 years direct experience in communications and project management.

The following would be desirable:

  • Knowledge of advance care planning, patient rights and the case for legalizing medically assisted dying for grievously ill individuals.
  • Experience and/or training in project management.
  • Knowledge of Visio, Camtasia (or other video editing software), Mailchimp and HTML (for Mailchimp).
  • Knowledge of graphic design.

Hours and Compensation

A full-time position: 37.5 hours per week

Compensation: $35,000 - $43,000 annually


This position will be based in our Toronto office at 55 Eglinton Avenue East.

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