March  2, 2021
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Senior Communications Specialist

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Senior Communications Specialist REF#: JG31266
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Location: Remote, 0
Posted: February 17, 2021
Deadline: March 7, 2021
Salary: $75,000-$90,000


The Senior Communications Specialist is responsible for media relations, writing, editing, and quality control of communications products. This position is central to sharing our research in compelling ways, continuing to establish the Institute as a credible, constructive and independent voice in Canada’s conversation about climate choices, and building support for sound climate policy solutions among our core audiences across Canada.

Under the direction of the Director of Communications, the Senior Communications Specialist takes the lead on media relations for major releases such as reports, primarily in English-speaking Canada, and will be responsible for crafting news releases, key messages and social media and web copy. The Specialist will also lead on the development and execution of specific communications products, such as case studies, and will edit long-form material such as reports, as well as short-form pieces like blogs and tweets. An expert proofreader, the Specialist will often provide the final quality check before a product is published.

Primary responsibilities
Media relations
  • Implement the Institute’s English-language communications strategy, including writing communications materials, media training for Institute spokespeople, media monitoring and analytics.
  • Build relationships with media, and use content management systems and software to track and manage contacts.
  • Organize and conduct media briefings on the Institute’s research.
  • Manage media requests for interviews and pitch stories to journalists.
Content creation
  • Write, edit, proofread, post and/or commission content for the Institute’s website, social media sites, and materials such as digital newsletters.
  • Provide editorial expertise throughout the production process for major reports and other products such as case studies. This includes: editorial comments and suggestions on early drafts, copy-editing, refinement of visual material such as graphs and tables, working with external contractors, and proofreading.
  • Generate and execute new content ideas and formats to promote our research and to support the success of the Institute, establishing it as a credible, constructive and independent voice in Canada’s conversation about climate choices.
  • Edit blogs and work with blog writers to deliver high-quality content.
  • Proofread content and verify quality of everything produced by the Institute, including reports and case studies, web content, tweets, and more.
Supporting responsibilities
  • Establish productive and collaborative relationships with internal (Board, Experts, Advisors) and external stakeholders (including government officials, allies and partners, business leaders, academia and community groups, etc.)
  • Represent the Institute as required at conferences, meetings and events.
Additional details
  • Work is done in a virtual environment with Institute staff located across the country.
  • The new role is a full-time salaried position with occasional travel (post-pandemic).
  • This position reports to the Director of Communications.
About the Institute
The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices brings together experts from diverse disciplines to undertake rigorous research, conduct insightful analysis, and engage a range of stakeholders and rightsholders to bring clarity to the climate challenges and transformative policy choices ahead for Canada. We are publicly funded, non-partisan, and independently governed.


  • Post-secondary degree in communications, journalism, marketing, graphic design, environment, political science or a related field (equivalent work experience may also substitute for this degree).
  • At least 5 years experience in communications.
  • Highly skilled editor with proven ability editing long-form reports or similar materials.
  • Highly skilled at creating core communications products: press releases, key messages, website copy, digital newsletters, tweets and other social media posts.
  • Lively writing and the ability to help others write better.
  • Proven ability as a superb proofreader in English.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Canadian media landscape is essential, as well as proven experience developing media relationships and pitching stories.
  • Experience managing external contractors or agency relationships.
  • Experience posting content on websites with WordPress or other tools.
  • Experience in measuring the impact and scope of communication activities using Google Analytics and social listening platforms.
  • Knowledge of layout software and flair for visual presentation of messages is an asset.
  • Knowledge of French (intermediate level to perfect bilingualism) is a strong asset in this position. A native-speaker level of English is also essential.

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is committed to equity and we encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, LGBTQIA2S+ and persons with disabilities.

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Send one PDF file including a cover letter (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board) and resume outlining your interest and qualifications to Label your PDF file with your First Initial and Last Name and Specialist (i.e. JDoeSpecialist).


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