One in nine children worldwide has a disability of some kind: millions of people from infancy to adulthood need access to diagnosis and targeted treatment. Families need help giving the best possible support to their loved ones born with brain-based conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. As a national Network of Centres of Excellence, KBHN is funded by the federal government to make a difference.
Drawing on the talents of 300 top researchers and 200 trainees across Canada, we focus on our efforts on early identification and effective treatments for children with neurodisabilities, as well as family support. We also look at quality of life: our researchers investigate sleep issues, the impact of physical activity, the underlying social and the economic factors that may contribute to, or exacerbate neurodisabilities. We go beyond discovery, translating our findings into meaningful changes in policy and practice.
Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Communications Coordinator serves as a key member of the Communications team, and is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of internal and external communications for KBHN.
The Communications Coordinator will focus on implementation of key post-launch features of KBHN’s new website, produce consistent and quality communication materials in digital and print formats, increase engagement with the Network’s social media channels and help maintain relationships among the Network’s internal and external stakeholders. The Communications Coordinator will also support the development of a new communications plan, and deploy an awareness campaign developed in collaboration with the Communications Manager, to promote KBHN’s current funding application. This is a one-year, full time contract with benefits, with the possibility of renewal.
A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing or a related discipline. One to two years of recent, related experience that includes knowledge and implementation of best practices in social media and capacity to liaise with developers and designers to build additional features within an existing website. Highly motivated recent graduates with the required skill set are also encouraged to apply.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Solid journalistic writing and editing skills. Knowledge of media production methods. The ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive issues with skill, tact and diplomacy is important as are excellent decision-making skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; flexibility to reprioritize quickly to meet changing priorities and deliver required results on deadline. Demonstrated initiative and understanding of internal and external communication issues. Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and/or Illustrator WordPress website information architecture and MailChimp. Understanding of Google and social media analytics is advantageous, as is knowledge of SEO.