Communications Officer, McGill University Health Centre Foundation

Employment status: Permanent position (35 hours per week)
Language: Bilingual (English/French)
Location: 700-5100 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal (Quebec)
– currently working remotely

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation is in an exciting period of growth, focusing on strategic priorities for future expansion and success, including the launch of our Dream Big Campaign this fall. We are seeking a Communications Officer to join our team and play an important role in positioning our Foundation as a leader in health care philanthropy.

Reporting to the Director, Communications and Marketing, the candidate will join a dedicated group of fundraising professionals, and be part of a six-member team of marketing and communication experts.
The incumbent will be responsible for leading the foundation’s media relations activities, as well as writing engaging omni-channel content with a key focus on social and web platforms. He/she will play a pivotal role in pitching unique and compelling story ideas to media and generating meaningful learned media related to our fundraising priorities and donors. The ideal candidate will enhance the
Foundation’s visibility and promote the people inspired to support our Foundation, as well as shine a light on the clinicians and researchers changing the course of lives and medicine at the McGill University Health Centre.

• Write and edit engaging omni-channel content including but not limited to; press releases, social media posts, web stories, and newsletters as well as provide writing and editing support to digital and annual programs
• Work in collaboration with Director, Communications and Marketing and other members of the Marketing and Communications team to ensures consistency in branding, messaging, voice and quality across all platforms
• Write and pitch compelling press releases, major announcements, and editorials to print, radio and digital media outlets, as well as manage newswire distribution
• Act as primary media contact. Manage media inquiries, coordinate interview requests, as well as train and prepare subject matter experts – ensuring key message alignment and role of the Foundation
• Anticipate potential media opportunities and develop strategies and content to support outreach
• Foster existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts within the industry to ensure prominent and consistent coverage
• Manage media monitoring and produce analytics as needed for tracking and reporting to senior leadership
• Responsible for social media strategy and content development, including monitoring and engagement, with a focus on increasing brand awareness and driving conversions (to web site and online donation platforms)
• Contribute to Marketing and Communication department’s content calendar

• University Degree in Journalism, Communications, or related field required
• 3+ years of relevant professional experience in communications, preferably in a nonprofit organization
• Previous experience in media relations
• Superior copywriting and editing skills
• Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively within a small, close-knit team, and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
• Ability to rise to new challenges, find creative solutions, and prioritize competing demands with an unwavering commitment to detail and deadlines
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues, donors, physicians, researchers, media and other stakeholders
• Bilingualism – excellent oral and written communication skills in both official languages

We thank you for your interest in the MUHC Foundation. All submitted applications will be considered, however only selected candidates will be contacted for interview purposes.
Candidates must forward their CV and cover letter via email before August 21, 2020
McGill University Health Centre Foundation
700-5100 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, QC H4A 3T2
Attn: Harris Poulis