|Manager, Communications & Resource Development
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: November 24, 2022
Deadline: December 8, 2022
Autism Ontario is a charitable organization with a history of over 49 years representing the thousands of people on the autism spectrum and their families across Ontario. Made up of knowledgeable parents, professionals, and autistic self-advocates who can speak to the key issues that impact autistic individuals and their families, Autism Ontario is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism, and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of seven regions throughout the Province of Ontario. Our mission is to create a supportive and inclusive Ontario for autism, and we value collaboration, respect, accountability and being evidence informed.
Successful applicants will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a documented medical exemption upon hire. This is a 12-month contract position with possibility of extension.
KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Director of Training and Education Manager of Communications and Resource Development will be responsible for executing a strategic communications plan to elevate communications related to advocacy initiatives, knowledge development and translation, education across the organization and within the framework of Autism Ontario’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
The ideal candidate is an open-minded collaborator, a skilled communicator and writer, and committed to excellence. You possess or are:
- A thought leader, attuned to the needs of the autism community in Ontario; able to identify and create solution-focused opportunities.
- Working knowledge of human rights issues.
- Experience in policy development preferred.
- Superior written, spoken, and presentation skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills with an inclusive communication style
- Well-developed experience and capacity to speak knowledgeably and persuasively as an Autism Ontario spokesperson with media or provincial leaders at a moment’s notice about a range of autism-related topics in Ontario.
- Self-directed, proactive project manager; able to juggle multiple projects and deadlines.
- Understand fluid priorities and respond well under pressure and to frequent work interruptions while meeting deadlines.
- Relationship focused; listens to understand; enables others to tell their stories safely and effectively in a variety of contexts/mediums.
- Committed to inclusive, evidence-informed practices and views at every level of the organization and can articulate these views with excellence.
- In collaboration with the Director of Training and Education, implement Autism Ontario’s education and communications strategy and initiatives.
- Work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to maximize Autism Ontario’s regional, provincial, and national engagement.
- Supervise the work of Communications staff within a collaborative management framework across the organization.
- Support the senior management team’s communication needs across the organization.
- Support the development of communications related to funding priorities.
- Demonstrate leadership in building a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
- Lead content strategy development, planning and delivery across channels; oversee the coordination and alignment of content across the organization, working with content creators and other stakeholders.
- Manage communications and contribute to the production of various projects and content, including the Annual Report, Autism Matters magazine, external newsletters, autism-related educational materials and supports, and fundraising initiatives.
- Evolve the capacity, accessibility, and relevance of Autism Ontario’s website according to changing organizational needs.
- Enhance digital communication channels, including the website, e-communications, and social media platforms.
- Write critical resources such as position statements, articles, and media releases.
- Maintain and ensure adherence to best practices related to Autism Ontario’s brand standards and key messages.
Media Monitoring/Reputation Management
- Oversee the monitoring and management of media and news related to autism and Autism Ontario on social, online, and print media, including metrics tracking and reporting.
- Proactively identify and inform senior management team of any news and/or issues likely to arise from the public, media, or key stakeholders that may elicit media coverage and require response.
- Identify and assess opportunities to proactively promote Autism Ontario through media.
- Work with senior management team and other Autism Ontario authorized media spokespersons who to capitalize on emerging opportunities to position Autism Ontario as a thought leader in the autism community and promote the organization’s advocacy, programs, services, supports, and fundraising efforts.
- Oversee the management of media lists and media monitoring data and analytics using Cision.
Resource Development & Education
- Create and lead processes to develop print and video resources on organizational stories, knowledge translation of survey results, and evidence-based autism information that supports the autism community in accessing or using resources for autistic children and adults and their families.
- Develop and promote compelling case materials, organizational statements, and responses on topical issues and prompt media responses.
- Implement knowledge translation of research or other professionally-written content so that it is accessible to several different audiences, including parents, self-advocates, professionals, the public, and volunteers.
- Assess, evaluate, and implement changes as needed to align communications with fund development activities and campaigns.
- Provide leadership to and manage the communications team including training, direction, support, coaching, mentorship, and encouraging team members’ personal and professional development.
- Support various program teams’ communication skills in collaboration with program managers.
- Build and strengthen collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders, including senior leadership team and program managers.
- Degree in communications, education, human services, human rights, or relevant combination of education and experience.
- 5-7 years’ progressive professional experience in creating and implementing internal and external communications strategies and plans; able to create a variety of clear and compelling communications materials.
- Experienced in working directly with people on the autism spectrum and their families.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; polished presentation skills.
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills in taking divergent information and ideas and forming cohesive and persuasive messaging for external channels, including social media, email, and web.
- Excellent understanding and use of Content Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management tools.
- Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with senior leadership, staff, volunteers, committees, board members, donors, and development team members.
- Experience leading and coaching key organizational communicators, challenging and motivating them to high performance standards.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to lead multiple projects with competing deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to incorporate the highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality, integrity, and sensitivity.
- Commitment to Autism Ontario’s mission, vision, and values.
- Proficiency in French language/additional language skills highly desired.
- Must be able to work flexible week-day hours, some evenings and weekends.
- Ability to travel to Autism Ontario Regions across the province on occasion.
- A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.
Autism Ontario is an equal opportunity employer committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, and actively encourages individuals on the autism spectrum and from all equity seeking groups to apply. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans’ status or any other legally protected factors.
Autism Ontario is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, Autism Ontario will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the hiring process.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter - stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board - to email@example.com and quote: “Manager of Communications & Resource Development” in the subject line by December 8th, 2022. We thank everyone for their interest in this position, however, only those candidates invited to interview with us will be contacted.