MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER Full-time Permanent (6 months probation) Ontario NDP Caucus Toronto

Objective:

To assist the Leader and Caucus in carrying out their public, parliamentary, and Caucus responsibilities by coordinating the development and implementation of media relations strategies based on strategic themes and priorities.

To assist the Leader and MPPs to deliver the NDP message across the province.

RESPONSIBLE TO THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS TO:

  • Execute media relations and media related activities necessary to disseminate the platform of the Leader and Caucus as widely as possible
  • Develop media relations strategies and public relations projects
  • Co-ordinate work with the other media relations, communications, research and MPP's staff
  • Write, edit, seek and incorporate feedback and distribute news releases, speeches, articles, op-eds, and other materials as required
  • Support the maintenance of contact lists of journalists and newsrooms throughout the province
  • Build and maintain relationships with newsrooms and media throughout the province
  • Monitor media coverage of the NDP Leader and Caucus and provide timely, politically savvy analysis
  • Generate ideas for effective bought and earned media
  • Provide briefings in preparation for media events, interviews or public events
  • Make detailed arrangements for media appearances, interviews or public appearances for members of the Caucus
  • Be involved in all aspects of media event planning and execution, including press conferences, interviews, photo opportunities and more
  • Other related duties as required and as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed post-secondary education, preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
  • Knowledge, appropriate to the position, of the NDP, the Ontario government and the workings of the Legislature
  • Previous experience in journalism or media relations, preferably in a political or legislative environment
  • Experience, knowledge and involvement with media outlets across Ontario
  • Experience and knowledge in communications planning, marketing, and public relations
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Proven ability to manage a variety of issues and projects simultaneously
  • Excellent political judgment and the ability to perceive and pursue news angles and political opportunities in the daily flood of information
  • Proven ability to work energetically, without supervision, to produce accurate and effective work, often under very tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to deal with the public and members of the press
  • Solid experience in research, and translating research for a broad audience
  • Ability to write succinctly, powerfully, quickly
  • Exceptional editing skills essential, with knowledge of Canadian Press style
  • Competence with social media and web maintenance an asset
  • Willingness to work irregular hours including weekends and to travel
  • Experience in the labour movement or NDP organization and election campaigns would be an asset.
  • Second language skills would be an asset
  • Familiarity with equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression policy frameworks

 

The NDP Caucus is an equal opportunity employer.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Applications to Human Resources Co-coordinator NDP Caucus, email: resumes@ndp.on.ca,  Fax: 416-325-2266.