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Communications Specialist – Part-time (0.5 FTE)

Digital Health and Discovery Platform

About this Opportunity

We seek a highly motivated, collaborative, and creative professional who will be a key member of the team supporting the development and implementation of effective communication strategies for the Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP). The part-time Communication Specialist (0.5 FTE) will contribute to the overall success of the DHDP through enhancing communications channels and supporting engagement with stakeholders.

The DHDP is a scalable, multi-use platform to digitally-enable national and international collaboration to advance next-generation precision medicine technologies. The DHDP is funded ($49M) from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 4 program. The DHDP will apply state-of-the-art data governance principles and technology to transform collaborative research and stimulate commercialization from home grown research discoveries.

The mission of the DHDP is to bring precision medicine and personalized care in cancer and neurodegenerative disease to Canadians through the application of big data and artificial intelligence. We are building a collaborative ecosystem that promotes innovation for the benefit of Canadians as well as developing a cutting-edge technological infrastructure, and a world-leading policy framework to accelerate scientific innovation in Canada.

Key responsibilities

This position reports to the Managing Director, DHDP and Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and works in close collaboration with DHDP stakeholders (e.g., members, technical partners, committees and working groups) and TFRI and TFF team members (primarily communications and fundraising).

Key responsibilities and accountabilities will include:

  • Create high-quality communications (education and awareness focused) content primarily for DHDP stakeholders (including partners, funders, and Network members) and for multiple communication platforms and formats, while ensuring consistency with DHDP/TFRI branding and alignment with Institute and Platform strategic priorities.
  • Contribute to the DHDP communications strategy, by developing and executing various communication plans in consultation with DHDP and TFRI leadership/stakeholders.
  • Plan and maintain the DHDP comms calendar (for social and other channels), contribute to and execute the DHDP comms strategy in consultation with the DHDP Managing Director and CCO.
  • Develop, write, edit, and distribute regular and timely content, including press releases, newsletters, web site, blog posts, impact report, Foundation info material and social media updates to support the needs and priorities (mission, vision, goals) of DHDP and TFRI comms teams and stakeholders.
  • Identify noteworthy and newsworthy stories (e.g. sector and member developments, platform achievements, thought leadership pieces, milestones) to help grow this developing ecosystem as well as the brand and reputation of the TFRI-led platform. Working collaboratively with partner comms teams will be a part of this process.
  • Work with the senior web site lead and external suppliers on matters relating to the web site content management system.
  • Provide regular analytics and reports that will maximize the impact of digital strategies and inform future strategies.
  • Assist with the communications aspects related to planning and supporting DHDP program and Institute meetings and activities (special events, regional meetings, conferences, symposiums) in accordance with the goals of the organization.
  • Attend and support various meetings as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Our successful candidate

As our successful candidate for this role, you have experience in a communications, marketing and/or public relations role. You demonstrate high standards along with strong and diverse collaboration and engagement skills/experience working with colleagues, as well as academic and industry partners. With excellent writing and editing skills, you are flexible, adaptable, exceptionally organized and can work effectively in a fast-paced, results driven and multidisciplinary environment.

In addition, you must have/be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A combination of education in communications/journalism.
  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in journalism, communications or public relations, video
    production, social media as well as research, health care and/or academic environment.
  • Media relations experience (newsroom or within the media industry) is preferred.
  • Superior writing and editing skills.
  • An understanding of issues related to cancer care and research.
  • Advanced computer skills with high proficiency in common office applications and web and
    social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of Adobe CC products, Canva, familiar with Site Finity web programming, Illustrator
    are assets.
  • Fluency in both Canada’s official languages would be an asset.

Benefits of working with us

  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick days
  • Extended medical and dental coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Group Registered Pension Plan after 3 months of employment
  • A work culture that values excellence, creativity, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity
  • A passionate group of high-performing teammates across Canada

Join us!

Please email your cover letter and resume by June 21, 2024, to with the subject line:
Communications Specialist - DHDP.

The candidate must be authorized to work in Canada.

We recognize the importance of diversity and equity in our workforce and encourage all qualified
applicants to apply, including Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, minorities, and
other underrepresented communities.

Salary range for the part-time position: $27,500 to $32,500