Communications and Outreach Officer

Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) believes in a high-quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another. We are a group of physicians and supporters concerned about the increased privatization in Canadian health care and the development of a two-tier health care system that would allow the wealthy to buy private insurance for private care, at the expense of the vast majority of Canadians. We believe that Medicare must be reformed but that reform must take place within the public system so that it benefits all Canadians.


We currently have an opening for a Communications and Outreach officer and are looking for a dynamic person to join our team. The successful candidate will support the organization’s mission through targeted communications efforts and outreach to a variety of audiences including medical professionals, the general public, and policy advisors. This is a permanent, full-time position based in Toronto. To download this job posting, please click here

Media Management

  • Plan and implement a media strategy to promote the agenda of CDM
  • Develop and circulate media materials including press releases, media advisories, articles and op-eds and pursue publication opportunities
  • Develop, leverage and maintain relationships with key media contacts
  • Respond to media inquiries and manage responses by board members and spokespeople
  • Provide communications support and media training for board members
  • Monitor traditional and social media to identify and respond to health-related news issues in a timely fashion


Content creation

  • Research, write, and edit a variety of communications and marketing materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, speeches, editorials, and reports
  • Proofread and edit copy written by others
  • Design and layout of communication and outreach materials
  • Create and implement style guides for issue-specific campaigns


Public education & Outreach

  • Develop and execute communications plans for issue-based campaigns
  • Work with allied organizations on collaborative projects
  • Design and produce knowledge translation documents to support the release of CDM-supported research and policy initiatives on a variety of topics (e.g. activity-based funding, acute to community care, pharmacare, etc.)
  • Engage online audiences using email, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks
  • Support government relations efforts


Organizational development

  • Develop and maintain systems for improving organizational infrastructure
  • Liaise with board members around communications opportunities including editorial submissions and speaking opportunities
  • Identify events and opportunities for CDM to engage with new and relevant audiences
  • Support fundraising and donor support initiatives with appropriate content development


Skills & Abilities

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in communications and media, preferably in the nonprofit or government sectors
  • Proven experience in successfully developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and experience with, various social media and other online engagement platforms including Facebook and Twitter, including experience in designing materials for social media and growing social media audiences and engaging online communities
  • Ability to conduct basic research and translate research and policy into plain language communications
  • Superior accuracy and attention to detail as well as excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team as well as independently
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, schedule and perform complex tasks with minimum supervision
  • Knowledge of Canada’s health care systems an asset
  • Experience in public policy/advocacy an asset
  • Knowledge and proficiency in design software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop an asset
  • Post-secondary qualifications in Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations or equivalent experience an asset
  • Experience in content management systems such as Joomla, WordPress and NationBuilder an asset
  • Experience working with a board of directors an asset
  • Ability to speak/write in French an asset


Hours:                    40 hours per week. (Occasional evening and weekend work)

Reports to:           Executive Director, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

CDM supports employment equity. Women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your application. If you require accommodation in your application process, please let us know.

Please apply by sending an email with a resume and letter of application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Eastern on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Please include “Communications” in the subject heading.