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Communications Officer - Sunnybrook Foundation

Sep 27, 2020
North York, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career

Position Overview

Organization: Sunnybrook Foundation 

Title: Communications Officer

Reports to: Manager, Donor Communications 

Location: Remote until it is safe to return to the office, located at: 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 

Is this you?

You would humbly describe yourself as an exceptionally detailed writer and storyteller. You have experience providing timely content and ideally have experience with proposal writing (both long and short form). You are a versatile writer and can craft anything from articles to reports quickly and accurately. 

You have worked within ambiguous environments in past roles, and this is what energizes you! You are flexible and have the insight to ask appropriate questions with the aim of teasing out the right information. You have health reporting and/or editorial experience and ideally understand the healthcare field and associated medical jargon. 

You are resilient, creative, and not afraid of a challenge. You thrive in an environment where teamwork is paramount, and collaboration is expected. To that end, you welcome editing and revisions to your work. 

You possess a high emotional intelligence and are team oriented. Your peers would say you are a consummate professional and you are trustworthy with sensitive information.   

You would be excited to be part of a foundation that are raising much needed funds to support priority areas of a leading Toronto Hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, with a vision to invent the future of health care.

Does this sound like you? Read on…

The Organization

Sunnybrook Foundation exists to raise awareness and the funds required to enable the Hospital to care for patients and their families when it matters most. In partnership with the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook leads by discovery, innovation, teaching and learning. 

Sunnybrook’s five strategic areas of focus are:

•    Cancer
•    Heart and Vascular
•    High risk maternal and newborn
•    Image-guided brain therapies
•    Trauma

The Position

The Communications Officer will play a key role in the fundraising effort at Sunnybrook Foundation. You will join a team of skilled writers who craft language to spark connections and build relationships between Sunnybrook and those with a desire to give. 

Adept at writing a range of communications materials, the successful candidate is a passionate storyteller who is as comfortable writing custom proposals, stewardship reports and speaking notes as they are brand marketing materials. 

Alongside a team of Communications Officers, you will be assigned a portfolio of hospital programs and are expected to become a content expert in your program area by building relationships with medical staff; staying informed on priorities; and keeping the Foundation’s key messaging and overview documents current. 

Our successful candidate will write and edit proposals, as well as simplify complex medical concepts into easily understood descriptions that show impact and encourage donor engagement. You’ll ideally have experience working with InDesign and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Experience with grant submissions and related advancement materials will be considered an asset.

The Ideal Candidate

This role is ideal for a skilled writer who possesses strong problem-solving skills, analytical ability, political navigation instincts and deep professionalism. Hospital foundation experience is an asset but passion for health care alongside intellectual curiosity is a must.

Our successful candidate will be an emotionally mature, self-motivated professional with presence, exceptional writing ability and a strong work ethic. They understand the importance of strong relationship building and brings a positive energy with a ‘can do attitude’ alongside strong interviewing and research skills.

The successful candidate will possess/be:

•    An understanding of the Sunnybrook brand, acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization and all priority projects and programs within assigned hospital portfolio 
•    Proficient in writing a range of communications with emphasis on proposals, technical reports, briefing documents, presentations and speaking notes
•    Strong interviewing and research skills – able to extract meaningful and relevant information
•    Write and/or edit presentations, meeting materials and event collateral materials including program copy and speaking notes within assigned portfolio
•    Effective time manager with the proven ability to manage multiple projects over varying timelines, demonstrating excellence in prioritization and problem-solving and delivering on commitments
•    Ability to maintain a positive, flexible and responsive attitude, professional image and team-oriented style, collaborative in nature – open to receiving feedback and edits from various stakeholders and has the resiliency to except that feedback
•    Deep command of grammar and spelling, exceptional communicator 
•    Intellectual curiosity – possess an innate desire to learn and teach 
•    Persuasive and creative – able to visualize the coming together of images, graphics and printed work to craft a compelling story 
•    Work comfortably in a highly collaborative environment; manage competing interests and strong personalities
•    Write and/or edit stories for Foundation publications, including the annual Report to Donors and Sunnybrook magazine
•    Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or related major 
•    Minimum five years of professional writing experience that includes assignments in the health-care sector; advancement writing, or non-profit experience is an asset
•    Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
•    Has experience working with InDesign (or comparable) 
•    Proficient in MS Office including Word, PowerPoint 

Sunnybrook Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Sunnybrook Foundation especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with one of the most known and highly respected hospital foundations in Canada, then what are you waiting for?  

Apply now! Please include a cover letter, including your salary expectations addressed to Lindsay Preston at along with an updated CV and 2-3 relevant writing examples. The posting closes August 28, 2020. 

Please note only qualified respondents will be contacted.

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