Communications Specialist

UPDATED: June 09, 2022 01:00 PM EDT

The following qualifications and skills are required:
• Bachelor’s degree or diploma in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing or similar field;
• 3 to 5 years’ experience in the communications field;
• Excellent writing, editing and content development skills;
• Demonstrated experience in strategy development, media relations and crisis communications; • Strong ability to distill complex subject matter into plain language;
• Experience using social media in a professional environment;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite;
• Graphic design/photo and video editing experience with Photoshop and InDesign an asset;
• Strong organizational skills, able to handle multiple projects at one time;
• Bilingual in English and French an asset; and
• Dairy/agriculture industry knowledge an asset.

Overview of the job responsibilities:
1. Develop, create and post content consistent with the organization's style guide and brand guidelines for various audiences, while supporting internal and external communications needs and protecting DFO’s reputation.
2. Write, edit, and proofread communication products (comms plans, messaging, Q&A, issue and briefing notes, media responses, articles, presentations, remarks, LinkedIn posts, etc.) for internal and external audiences.
3. As needed, provide design, formatting and layout support for DFO communications vehicles.
4. Cover and report on DFO and industry events for DFO’s communications vehicles.
Media relations support
1. Triage and develop approved responses to media inquiries.
2. Complete daily media scan reporting and email distribution as assigned.
3. Track and monitor media coverage of key issues in domestic and international news cycles; flagging stories of importance and where appropriate, identifying opportunities for intervention.
Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by June 20, 2022 to: 
Dairy Farmers of Ontario maintains an accommodation policy and will provide accommodation to job applicants with disabilities during the hiring process. Please contact us should you require an accommodation.
We thank you for your interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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