Communications Coordinator - Social Planning Toronto

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Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 11:15pm
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Social Planning Toronto is looking for a full-time Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the communications, public relations, and media strategies of SPT. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that challenges inequity in our city through knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaboration, to spark social and policy change. We work towards an equitable, inclusive, and accessible Toronto – shaped by the diversity of its residents and rooted in social and economic justice. SPT is a United Way "Anchor Agency." We also receive core funding from the City of Toronto.

Responsibilities and job duties include:

• Develops and implements internal and external communication strategies/policies and prepares the annual communication plan;
• Works closely with SPT colleagues and designs, develops, edits, and disseminates all SPT publications and other key documents, printed and promotional materials (e.g., reports, newsletters, journals, periodic publications, texts, brochures, written and electronic bulletins, flyers, press releases, etc.);
• Manages and oversees the content and look of the SPT website, including editing, updating content, creating pages for new information, products, and new graphics & visuals;
• Works with SPT colleagues to support the development and implementation of consultations, forums, conferences, displays, and exhibits, workshops and special events.
• Prepares materials using current software & technology including communications software, website and other online applications and desktop publishing;
• Negotiates with external suppliers (e.g., printing, design, translators, etc.)
• Develops and maintains media contact list, responds to media enquiries, and acts as the liaison with media;
• Writes and develops press releases, articles, speeches, media advisories, media kits, and cultivates media relations;
• Develops and implements marketing strategies for organizational products, for fundraising initiatives, for membership campaign and materials, for resource development strategies and public relations campaigns;
• Performs other duties as required at the discretion of the Executive Director.


• A minimum 3 years progressive experience in communications or media relations;
• Undergraduate education in a discipline appropriate and relevant to communications or journalism or equivalent experience in the field;
• Certificate program or equivalent in design, print production, promotional planning;
• Strong editorial skills for ensuring accessibility of SPT’s communications;
• Demonstrated experience in working with media outlets and journalists
• Good negotiation, and interpersonal skills including the ability to train/coach colleagues;
• Creative talents in developing community education resource materials and experience in clear language tools;
• Good organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines, ability to work independently, flexibly, creatively, and able to take initiative;
• Knowledge and awareness of social and economic justice issues affecting marginalized and underserved communities and the not-for-profit community sector;
• Strong computer skills and knowledge of database systems;
• Demonstrated skills and experience with social media outreach, analysis, engagement, and marketing
• Familiarity with website development, design, and maintenance.
• Excellent knowledge of a variety of communications software programs, including experience in a variety of desktop & online publishing programs such as Google Suite, Photoshop, NationBuilder, Canva, Acrobat, Adobe;
• Demonstrated experience in the development, design and layout of digital and print materials including reports, infographics, and fact sheets.;
• Excellent writing and communications skills, knowledge of a second (or more) language and culture an asset;
• Public relations and/or marketing experience in the not-for profit sector an asset

Annual salary range: $49,436.17 - 67,756.24, plus benefits

In addition to salary, SPT has an excellent employee benefits package that includes sick leave, vision care, dental, hospitalization, drug plan, long term disability, group life insurance and pension plan. SPT also offers 15 vacation days in the first year of employment, 11 official statutory holidays, and time off between December 24th and January 1st each year.

This position is a member of CUPE 1777.

Why join SPT?
• Get paid to do systems change work and work at an organization whose mandate centres on addressing inequality in Toronto
• Work with smart, passionate, engaged people who care about social, economic, racial and gender justice, and work from a community-centred approach
• Work at an organization with over six decades of experience collaborating with partners and communities to advance equality

Working Conditions
This is a full-time, permanent position working 35 hours/week with occasional evening and weekend work. This position is based in Toronto, Ontario. Our team is currently working remotely, but plan to return to some in-person work soon.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria.

Maria Serrano
Director of Operations

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on January 31, 2023

SPT is committed to reflecting the full diversity of Toronto and to nurturing a respectful and inclusive work environment for all. We encourage qualified applicants representing the full diversity of Toronto to apply. Candidates invited for an interview are encouraged to inform us in confidence of their accommodation needs.

We thank everyone for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SPT has a mandatory vaccine policy that is available for review upon request.

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