Job Posting Details

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Communications Advisor

Job Description

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Set to open in September 2014, it is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. The CMHR is an "idea museum" with a strong focus on creating inspiring encounters with human rights. We are seeking talented individuals who are prepared to share their passion and commitment to join our team. Help build a world class museum that will enhance the public's understanding of human rights, promote respect for others and encourage reflection and dialogue.


With guidance from the Manager, Communications, the Communications Advisor will provide assistance and support in the production of communication products and planning of communication activities and events for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).


  • Prepares written communication and reviews with the Manager, Communications prior to final approval. Includes article submissions, correspondence, website content, speeches, news releases, backgrounders, talking points, advisories, feature stories, pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, newsletters, exhibits, multimedia products, and outreach programming and materials.
  • Revises, edits and proofreads texts and layouts.
  • In consultation with the Manager, Communications will create high quality, sharable, relevant content for publication to our social properties.
  • Monitors from an issues management perspective and uses the Museum's social media platforms proactively to disseminate news and other information, including but not limited to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Recommend innovative social strategies, apps, interactive initiatives and out-of-the-box projects
  • Curate content and foster communities on social network pages such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Monitor social media trends and implement new tactics to grow brand awareness and improve customer interactions
  • Implement social media strategies in conjunction with the Manager, Communications and the Design and New media team.
  • Prepares and distributes daily media summaries.
  • Represent the Museum at events, conferences, and other functions.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations on the CMHR when necessary.
  • Conducts research in preparation of producing communication products and or services. Research may include interviews with internal and external stakeholders, media coverage, policy documents, information archives, computer databases, and website content.
  • Supports the development of responses to inquiries made to the CMHR including but not limited to correspondence, electronic mail and media including conducting background research if necessary.
  • Prepares media coverage analysis reports on issues of interest to the CMHR and identifies emerging trends.
  • In consultation with the Manager, Communications will support the coordination of news conferences, media briefings and interviews with Museum leadership.
  • In consultation with the Manager, Communications will support the monitoring and evaluation of communications activities, projects, and programs.
  • Understands and applies the principles of project management, including budgeting for resources, reporting and performance evaluation.
  • Coordinates the development of communications products and activities, such as the CMHR's annual report.
  • Able to identify basic risks associated with a communications strategy/plan and raises pertinent issues in a timely fashion.
  • Participates in inter-departmental committees as appropriate.
  • All other duties and tasks as assigned.

Requirements for this position are as follows:

Skills and Knowledge - Required

  • A university degree in journalism, communications, political science, public policy, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience
  • 2-3 years' experience in at least one area of communications (e.g., public relations, internal communications, marketing, writing and editing, communications material, media relations, official release, issues management respondent relations); experience in/with political and bureaucratic process
  • The ability to present facts in language and style that is appropriate to the target audience and mindful of political implications
  • Professional writing and editing skills; the ability to inform others, increase awareness, persuade or change behavior
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • The ability to communicate with proficiency in both official languages, oral and written

Skills and Knowledge - Desired

  • Experience in more than one aspect of communications (e.g. public relations, media relations, communications planning, strategic planning) is an asset
  • Ability to perceive and clarify intentions during meetings and interviews
  • Ability to interpret key points emerging from meetings or discussions that are complex or sensitive in nature
  • Ability to convey complex information in writing.
  • Experience in more than one aspect of communications (e.g. public relations, media relations, marketing, issues management, communications planning) is an asset
  • Interest in and familiarity with Human Rights and social justice issues and with the Museum


  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to multi-task and anticipate needs
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively in a cross-functional and team oriented environment
  • Flexible; able to work under changing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong analysis skills; can present a solid and well founded business case
  • Integrity; focused on producing a high quality and credible outcome
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and exercise tact and diplomacy in all undertakings
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Work is in an office environment. May require long periods at a desk, reading lengthy documents, and time in front of a computer
  • Will require irregular hours with short or no notice (evenings, weekends)
  • Some travel required

How to Apply

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume through the museum's Career page at The closing date is December 13, 2013.

The CMHR encourages diversity in all aspects of its operations. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation in order to successfully submit an application, please contact us at to make your accommodation request.

All applicants will receive a confirmation of the receipt of their application. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Contact for Position

Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Job Location

Job Level & Type
  • Intermediate Level
  • Full Time Permanent Staff Position

Listing to be posted until:
Monday, January 06, 2014