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August 13, 2020


Communications Officer for CRIAW 


The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF) is seeking a Communications Officer to join our team for up to a one-year term with the possibility of extension.

CRIAW-ICREF’s Communications Officer’s primary responsibility is to lead the organization’s communications. The Communications Officer reports directly to the Executive Director.


Responsibilities include:

Strategic Communications:

  • Prepares strategic communication plans in line with CRIAW’s strategic plan, including monitoring and evaluation of the plan.
  • Develops and maintains a system to co-ordinate and track all knowledge mobilization/communication initiatives.
  • Develops consistent key messages and best practices for communications from CRIAW-ICREF.
  • Provides regular progress reports on knowledge mobilization/communication initiatives to CRIAW’s Executive Director.


Plain Language Writing:

  • Writes a variety of materials including detailed and summary reports.
  • Coordinates development and production of plain language materials (written and audio visual) under the direction of the CRIAW’s Executive Director.
  • Drafts briefing notes and speaking notes for CRIAW’s Executive Director as requested.


External Communications:

  • Under the direction of CRIAW’s Executive Director, leads the communications, including newsletter production and social media platforms, in line with CRIAW-ICREF’s vision and mandate.
  • Prepares reports to external funders on communications/knowledge mobilization activities under the direction of CRIAW’s Executive Director.


Feminist Word Magazine

  • Coordinates the F-Word publication.
  • Supervises volunteers working on the F-Word.
  • Recruits young women contributors to the publication.
  • Member of the production team.
  • Promotes and distributes the F-Word. 
  • Establishes an editorial collective to sustain the F-Word into the future.
  • Provides administrative assistance to the project as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Staff resource to CRIAW’s Membership and Fundraising Committee and Communications Committee.
  • Develop systems to monitor and regularly report on web site analytics (eg. what people click on, what is downloaded, etc.)
  • Works collaboratively with other staff on tasks related to CRIAW’s visibility and outreach, including member and donor relations, and tabling at events.
  • Format and layout of various texts.
  • Participates in the general daily activities involved in operating a non-profit organization.



  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in clear language writing
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience developing and implementing communication/knowledge mobilization plans using traditional and social media.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in managing an organization’s social media platforms
  • Understanding and support of feminist analysis, and methodologies, including intersectional theory and practices
  • Experience in making communications accessible to those with visual impairments is an asset.
  • Previous experience in a not-for-profit organization is an asset.
  • Formal education: Undergraduate degree required. A degree or a diploma in Communications or other relevant field(s) is an asset.



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in French is an asset.
  • Experienced and proficient in quick, clear language writing and accurate editing.
  • Experience developing and implementing a communications plan using social media (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with co-workers, women’s and equity organizations, media and the public, acting and responding with diplomacy while maintaining good relations.
  • Excellent working knowledge with computers, utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), E-mail, InDesign, and desktop publishing
  • Strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Well-organized and able to accurately prioritize tasks and multi-task. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member and ability to be self-motivated and work independently when appropriate.


This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). Salary is negotiable based on experience.

This is a rolling application process which will close on September 11, 2020. We will begin reviewing applications the week of August 24, 2020 and plan to begin contacting applicants shortly thereafter. We will continue to accept applications until the deadline but strongly encourage you to apply early.

Please send a cover letter, your CV and a one page clear writing sample to with the subject line: [Your last name] Communications Officer Position

Applying an intersectional lens in all our work, CRIAW-ICREF recognizes there are a diversity of women in Canada and we strongly encourage Aboriginal/Indigenous women, racialized women, women with disabilities, women with sexual diversities, and women living with multiple intersecting oppressions to apply.


You can download the Communications Officer Job Posting here.