Communications Specialist
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
37d ago

Status : Temporary Full-Time (18 months)

Under the direction of the Manager, Educational Design & Knowledge Translation, the Communications Specialist provides strategic communications / marketing expertise and support for activities relating to internal patient, staff, and public communications within the scope of the Cancer Education Program.

  • The functions of the role include : acting as a communications / marketing consultant and providing expertise to the Cancer Centre;
  • acting as steward and editor of the content displayed on digital media screens throughout the Cancer Centre and other media as appropriate;
  • identifying and developing strategic content objectives and processes and policies as required to govern the quality and appropriateness of content for digital media screens at Princess Margaret and for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre website;
  • working closely with colleagues to ensure that all print and electronic content are written at a level that is appropriate to the needs and literacy levels of Princess Margaret patients and their families;
  • performing cross-functional duties, as assigned or requested.

    Responsibilities include : acting as a communications consultant to ensure the Princess Margaret web properties are maintained and up-

  • to-date; ensuring that UHN specific policies and standards for web publications are adhered to; developing and implementing a communications / marketing plan for the Cancer Centre’s media screens such that it is aligned with the strategic plan of the Cancer Centre and consistent with the vision and mission of University Health Network (UHN);
  • acting as an editor of the digital media screens throughout the Cancer Centre, ensuring division programs and people are regularly covered in the content;
  • attending various program meetings to ensure awareness of current issues and new developments.

    Qualifications :

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in science or health-science related discipline or recognized equivalent required
  • At minimum, one year practical and related experience required
  • Previous on-the-job experience writing for a variety of end products from media release, feature stories and web content required;
  • preferably in a health / medical context

  • Knowledgeable and proficient in plain language writing
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills required
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required
  • Computer literacy required; preferably Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Content Management Systems e.g. SharePoint
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of online content editing and presentation with a good sense of plain language and the differences between technical and conversational writing required
  • Must be able to organize meetings, plan and execute
  • Ability to put the information needs of patients and families first required
  • Ability to establish solid working relationships with staff at all levels required
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure required
  • Ability to use good judgment in assessing difficult situations required
  • Ability to juggle work projects required
  • Understanding of organizational communications required
  • If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter.

    You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

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