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Job posting - Director of Community Relations

January 10, 2013

Director of Community Relations

Full-time, ongoing
Salary Range - $43,999 - $53,000

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is a volunteer driven, non-profit, community-based organization serving the six counties surrounding London – Perth, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. We are a community-inspired organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by the challenges associated with HIV/AIDS. Our philosophy includes adherence to The Ontario Accord/GIPA (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS), Anti Racism/Anti Oppression, Sex Positivity, Principles of Harm Reduction, Holistic Health and Civil Society.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION AND ROLE

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Community Relations is responsible for positioning RHAC in the public’s eye, developing and delivering key messages that support the organization’s mission and strategic priorities. The position is also responsible for the support and supervision of department staff whose work includes fund development/fundraising, volunteer engagement and regional expansion efforts. The Director develops and implements the agency communications plans to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and increase community support.  Collaborating with funding, business, academic and organizational partners, the Director evaluates the effectiveness of communications activities, recommending and implementing improvements.

Responsibilities:
• Provides day to day supervision of department staff to achieve intended outcomes.
• Creates internal and external communications materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, media releases and promotional information.
• Develops and maintains relations with media, monitoring media activity and ensures the agency’s key messages and activities are introduced.
• Represents RHAC at public meetings and committees and directs partnership relationship strategies to advance the mission and fundraising goals.
• Prepares corporate reports, agency profiles, program descriptions and publications that promote awareness of RHAC services.
• Develops and maintains Internet communication platform (website, twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.)  
• Develops, implements, and manages department work plans and budgets, approves and reconciles expenditures, maintains financial income and expenditure records.
• Supports special events and fund development activities; cultivates relationships with current and prospective donors; prepares grant applications and proposals.
• Maintains and strengthens existing community partnerships, and actively seeks new opportunities for community partnership and collaboration.
• Revises, develops and monitors policies and procedures relating to communications, fundraising and volunteer programs.
• Participates in management team meetings, identifies and plans for communication needs, assesses and analyzes issues to ensure consistent messaging; advises on communications aspects of management actions and decisions.

Qualifications:
• University degree or equivalent with a specialization in communications, public relations or a related discipline combination of education and experience.
• A minimum of three years in developing and implementing corporate communications plans, programs and materials for internal and external distribution and fundraising.
• Excellent knowledge of the methods used in writing (including journalistic style), editing, designing and producing a wide range of communications materials.
• Demonstrated excellence in written, presentation, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts including developing media relations strategies and public relations projects in collaboration with partners.
• Excellent knowledge of communications policies, procedures and practices.
• Experience in fund and volunteer development and evaluation and knowledge of ethical codes that govern these practices.
• Experience managing human resources, budgets, and complex programs and projects.
• Strong leadership, supervisory and project management skills.
• Sensitive to issues of diversity and a commitment to support the mission and philosophy of RHAC.
•  Demonstrated technical literacy in the Microsoft Office suite of programs, as well as familiarity with databases used for donor & volunteer relations management.
• Creative, self directed, results focused and team player.
• Must be able to work evenings and weekends when required in a variety or social and physical settings.
• Valid driver’s license with regular access to a reliable vehicle for work related duties .
• A satisfactory Vulnerable Positions Screening (Police Check).

Cover letter and résumé may be submitted electronically to hr@hivaidsconnection.ca or in hard copy to #30-186 King Street, London, ON  N6A 1C7.

Application deadline is Monday, January 21, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the community we live in. To this end, we encourage applications from persons living with HIV/HCV, members of GLBMSMT2S communities, individuals from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, members of diverse ethno-cultural communities, and persons with dis/abilities.

We appreciate all submissions, however only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

No phone calls please.