Communications Coordinator

Position Type: Full-time, indefinite term
Annual Salary: $52,500
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly (flexible hour)
Start Date: August 16, 2022 (flexible)
Location: Remote, within Canada
Language: Primary working language is English
Reports to: Associate Director, Communications
Application Deadline: July 25, 2022, 12:00 pm PT
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from queer, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2S/LGBTQ+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and this role does not expect that employees will disclose in the course of their work. At CBRC, we also recognize the value of a variety of educational experiences, including but not limited to academic, career-based, and personal learnings. No one’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the writing and editing of various forms of copy for the organization’s multiple departments. This can include items like blog posts, newsletters, landing page copy, plain language summaries, educational materials, interviews, press releases and social media posts. CBRC has a broad variety and competing list of communications needs, so storytelling skills, an understanding of tone and voice, and the ability to multitask are great assets. The ideal candidate will also possess strong writing skills in English and have an interest in translating data and research as a tool for health promotion, community engagement, and structural change.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Research, write and edit original content in collaboration with relevant CBRC staff, contractors, and external partners
  • Develop, repurpose, and mobilize existing CBRC content for our various platforms
  • Edit and proofread all outward-facing content created by CBRC staff
  • Provide communications support, which can include outreach and press relations
  • Developing strategy and tools for media engagement (e.g. press releases, FAQs)
  • Other responsibilities and duties as required

Minimum Requirements

  • 1-3 years of experience as a writer/editor, or similar position
  • Proven ability to write clear, concise, and compelling prose in a variety of formats (newsletters, interviews, articles, news releases, op-eds, ad copy, blog posts, etc.) and translate complex information (reports, statistics, analysis) and concepts into accessible and engaging language
  • Flexibility to write and develop messages in different voices and to suit different audiences on different platforms, while also maintaining strict standards of quality control and reinforcing CBRC style
  • Independent, adaptable, highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to make tight deadlines and turn around content quickly
  • Awareness of 2S/LGBTQ+ social, cultural, and political values and sensitivities; knowledge of social determinants of health; sexual and mental health needs among people of diverse sexualities and genders
  • Familiar with Canadian Press Style as well as variations in US, Canadian, and international English

Other Competencies & Qualifications (Assets)

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in an area related to communication studies or journalism
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector in Canada, especially in relation to 2S/LGBTQ+ communities, health promotion and research, and social justice or services
  • Experience with Word, Google docs, and Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • French skills are highly desirable; demonstrated capacity for professional writing in French is a significant asset
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines
  • Autonomous worker with an ability to adapt and work within a team setting
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government and community agencies
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability (LTD), life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and put the job you are applying for in the subject line (Communications Coordinator). All applicants are required to provide a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of 3-5 writing samples covering a variety of topics, styles, and subject matter.

We acknowledge the copyright of your work submitted, and your work will stay only within our hiring procedure solely for the purpose of screening and selection.


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Communications Coordinator or call us (604-568-7478) to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.

The deadline to apply for this position is July 25, 2022, 12:00 pm PT.

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About CBRC

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
Communications Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
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