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Join the dynamic team at WeRPN and help us support Ontario RPNs to improve health outcomes and deliver the best possible care to patients, residents and clients.

The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) is a not-for-profit professional association founded in 1958. WeRPN is the voice of registered practical nursing in Ontario and there are approximately 50,000 RPNs working in Ontario, playing a vital role in the province’s health care system. WeRPN’s role is to provide advocacy and member services in support of a quality health care system and the appropriate utilization of RPNs within that system.

We thank you for your interest in working for WeRPN.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Current Opportunities

Posted

September 22, 2020

Position Title

Senior Advisor, Policy and Communications

Reports To

Director of Policy and Communications

Location(s)

Mississauga, ON (ability to work remotely temporarily due to COVID-19)

Job Term

12-month contract with possible extension

Start Date

As soon as possible

Position

WeRPN is looking for a seasoned and enthusiastic professional to support the growth of the association’s communications, government relations and advocacy initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Policy and Communications, the Senior Advisor will provide strategic leadership, planning, communications and advocacy expertise to support the continued membership engagement as well as the implementation of the association’s strategic plan and advocacy agenda.

Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support WeRPN’s external communications including writing, editing, proof-reading a wide range of online and print communications materials including articles, reports, website content, reports, speaking remarks, and more
  • Manage daily media monitoring
  • Support media relations including the development of statements, new releases, pitch ideas and outreach to media.
  • Lead the association’s social media content development and analyze data from social analytics and publishing tools to engage RPN community
  • Oversee day to day operation of social channels including responses to members and the public
  • Support association’s government relations initiatives
  • Research relevant nursing policy issues and assist with the development of policy positions and advocacy materials
  • Assist with identifying thought leadership opportunities for the organization
  • Support the execution of key events including association’s annual Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park, AGM & Conference

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Ontario health landscape
  • Enthusiasm about the profession of practical nursing
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree in Communications, Journalism, Liberal Arts or a related discipline
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in a communications or public affairs role
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including strong attention to detail and the ability to write and edit content for multiple audiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and success in development of strategic communications/media relations plans
  • Record of success in media relations, including writing media releases and pitching to targeted audiences
  • Robust knowledge of how government works and how to influence change
  • Technical understanding of various digital platforms (e.g. Microsoft Office suite, Social media Platforms, WordPress, etc.)
  • Strong initiative and proven ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment
  • High degree of professionalism, tact and diplomacy
  • Experience with graphic design an asset
  • Ability to speak and write in French an asset

APPLICATION DEADLINE

October 9, 2020

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter (saved as one PDF document) to jobs@werpn.com. Please include your salary expectations for this role in your email.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.