Position Type: Full-time (37.5 hours/week) until March 31, 2022, starting December 1, 2021 (possibility of extension)
Salary: $60,000 (prorated to actual start date)
Location: Anywhere in Canada (working virtually, as per public health restrictions)
Language: Primary working language is English, French language skills are an asset (indicate language skills in cover letter or resume)
Reports to: Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development Director
Application Deadline: November 15, 2021, at 12:00PM EDT / 9:00AM (PDT)
Community-Based Research Centre promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillarscommunity-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership developmentposition 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; we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.
We are looking for an experienced Content Writer and Editor to join our Communications Team for a full-time four-month contract, with a possibility of extension. The Content Writer and Editor will report to the Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development Director and be responsible for assisting CBRC’s Content Strategist 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.
CBRC believes in work led by and for community, and therefore strongly encourages people of diverse sexualities and genders 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
- Working with CBRC’s Content Strategist to develop, write and produce 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
- Generating ideas for different projects, developing content guidelines, editing content to meet SEO best practices, as well as helping to evaluate the performance of all published materials to enhance future content
- Editing and proofreading all outward-facing content created by CBRC staff
- 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)
- Other responsibilities and duties as required
Qualifications and skills include:
- 3-5 years of experience as a writer/editor, or similar position
- Excellent communication skills, particularly writing and/or editing documents such as reports for various audiences (e.g. community, academic, public health, media)
- 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’s tone
- Ability to translate complex information (reports, statistics, analysis) and concepts into accessible language
- Adaptable, highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to make tight deadlines and turn around content quickly
- Familiar with Canadian Press Style as well as variations in US, Canadian, and international English
- Awareness of LGBTQ2 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
- Knowledge of the non-profit sector in Canada, especially in relation to LGBTQ2 communities, health promotion and research, and social justice or services
- 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
- Experience with Word, Google docs, and Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Bilingual (English and French language) skills are highly desirable; demonstrated capacity for professional writing in French is a significant asset
- A portfolio of 3-5 writing samples covering a variety of topics, styles, and subject matter
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 (Content Writer and Editor). All applicants are required to provide a cover letter, resume, and portfolio (highlighting most relevant design and/or social media work).
If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Content Writer and Editor to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.
The deadline to apply for this position is November 15, 2021, at 12:00PM EDT / 9:00AM (PDT)
CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer and non-binary people, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, people living with chronic health conditions, disabled people/people with disabilities, 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.