Communications Manager

Position Type: Full-time, permanent
Location: Flexible within Canada, ideally at one of CBRC’s offices (Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, or Halifax)
Language: Bilingual skills (English and French) are highly desirable but primary working language is English
Status: Closed


Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of gay men through research and intervention development. We are inclusive of bisexual and queer men (cis and trans) and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q). 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, and we have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

We are looking for an experienced Communications Manager to join our growing team of community leaders dedicated to improving the health of GBT2Q communities in Canada. The position is responsible for effective management of communications activities across CBRC’s research and program initiatives in order to increase the reach, visibility, and impact of the organization. The Communications Manager is responsible for managing the Summit, CBRC’s annual capacity building and knowledge exchange conference, and leads the development of reports, resources, and other communications content, tools and products in collaboration with CBRC staff, contractors, and partners. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing skills (in both English and French) and have an interest in translating data and research as a tool for health promotion, community engagement, and structural change.

CBRC believes in work led by and for community, and therefore strongly encourages those with lived experience as GBT2Q individuals to apply. We also strongly encourage individuals with intersecting marginalized identities to apply, including, but not limited to: Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, queer and trans people of colour, people living with HIV, and disabled people. We recognize that some individuals from these communities might have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. The hiring process will therefore consider various combinations of education, paid experience, and volunteer experience. Please address this in your cover letter.

At CBRC, we recognize the value of a variety of educational experiences, including academic, professional, and personal learnings. No one’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold. However, an undergraduate degree/diploma in one of the following areas would be an asset: 

  • Communications, marketing, or media-related studies
  • Health, education, or related social sciences

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with CBRC’s Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development Director and Digital Marketing Manager to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate CBRC’s communications strategy and program activities (e.g. resource development, knowledge exchange events, social/digital media campaigns)
  • Managing the writing, production, and dissemination of digital and print content and publications in collaboration with relevant CBRC staff, contractors, and external partners, such as community and stakeholder reports, social marketing campaigns, newsletters, and marketing/promotional collateral
  • Managing the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the Summit, CBRC’s annual capacity building and knowledge exchange conference (300+ participants in 2019), and supporting the development of other knowledge exchange activities (e.g. community consultations, webinars) in collaboration with relevant CBRC staff and contractors, external partners
  • Providing communications support towards CBRC’s policy development and education activities, including the development and dissemination of policy papers, reports, and related materials (e.g. digital media) to target audiences
  • Developing strategy and tools for media engagement (e.g. press releases, FAQs); cultivates relationships with journalists and media partners; maintains media distribution list
  • Serving as a central point of contact for all communications inquiries (including media)

Qualifications and skills include:

  • Excellent communication skills, particularly writing and/or editing documents such as reports for various audiences (e.g. community, academic, public health, media)
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate communications and/or marketing activities in a health, education, research, or equivalent context
  • Demonstrated capacity to organize in-person or virtual events, such as forums, conferences, workshops, and webinars is an asset
  • Demonstrated capacity to use and leverage new technology and software for communications, education, research, and engagement, is an asset
  • Awareness of LGBTQ2 social, cultural, and political values and sensitivities; knowledge of social determinants of health; sexual and mental health needs among diverse GBT2Q
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector in Canada, especially in relation to LGBTQ2 communities, health promotion and research, and social justice or services
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with stakeholders from varying sectors including academic, government, public health, and community agencies
  • Demonstrated capacity as an independent worker with an ability to adapt and collaborate within a diverse and diffuse team environment
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Capacity to multi-task and function under tight and/or competing deadlines
  • Previous supervisory experience is an asset (e.g. employees, volunteers, contractors, etc.)
  • Functional knowledge of financial budget and tracking systems
  • Bilingual (English and French language) skills are highly desirable; demonstrated capacity for professional writing in French is a significant asset

How to Apply

Please email your application to CBRC’s Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development Director, Michael Kwag, at [email protected]. We will start reviewing applications on May 11, 2020, but the job will stay open until filled. All applicants are required to provide a cover letter, a resume/CV, and a minimum of two writing samples that they were the sole or primary author of.

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified ASAP, with interviews commencing as soon as May 14, 2020. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

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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 Manager
Communications Manager
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