Communications Associate, Indigenous Innovation Initiative

Position: Communications Associate, Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Site: MaRS Discovery District
Department: Grand Challenges Canada – Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Reports to: Director, Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Status: Permanent Full-Time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Communications Associate, Indigenous Innovation Initiative, in Grand Challenges Canada.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,600 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.


As an Indigenous-led and -governed platform, the Indigenous Innovation Initiative empowers First Nation, Inuit and Métis innovators to develop and test innovative ideas that benefit their communities and advance reconciliation, while also benefiting non-Indigenous people and the Land. We do this through a gender-lens investment approach that provides flexible grant funding and culturally rooted wrap-around supports that meet innovators where they are at. We are hosted at Grand Challenges Canada, where we receive operational support from an expert team of individuals across various portfolios.

Communications Associate

We are seeking a Communications Associate to play a crucial role in helping the Knowledges Mobilization Team with all communications activities, including being the brand ambassador for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative; amplifying the stories, journeys and impacts of the innovators we fund; and supporting donor relations activities. Reporting to the Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative and working closely with others across the team, the Communications Associate will have the following core responsibilities:
• Develop and evolve a Communications, Marketing and Promotion Strategy that is culturally rooted and strategically supports us at all levels
• Support the development and maintenance of brand guidelines and document templates that promote our brand and story
• Create social media posts, newsletters, news releases, blogs, presentations, website content etc.
• Maintain the Indigenous Innovation Initiative website
• Maintain a database of TV, radio, print and newspaper media contacts
• Support the leadership team with donor and partner communications activities as outlined in a Fundraising Strategy, including supporting maintenance of a database of contacts and leads
• Support the development of plain language materials
• Support the creation of knowledge products, including reports, presentations, case studies etc.
• Develop and maintain communications processes and systems, and identify and action opportunities to make them more efficient and effective
• Support ongoing implementation of the Indigenous Knowledges and Data Governance Protocol
• Track and analyze metrics to support learning, storytelling and evolution as it relates to the above
• Support risk and issue management as it relates to the above

Key attributes and experience we are looking for in a Communications Associate:
• Strong understanding of Indigenous contexts in Canada
• Education or experience with a focus on communications, digital marketing and promotion, media and/or storytelling
• Highly developed writing, editing, proofreading and storytelling skills within an Indigenous context
• Experience with social media management (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Linktree, YouTube, Tik Tok)
• Experience with graphic design in Canva (or similar software), photography, AODA requirements and search engine optimization best practices is an asset
• Attention to detail and commitment to quality and excellence
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to be proactive
• Highly developed interpersonal skills with an ability to work well independently and as a team
• Fluency in French and/or Indigenous languages is an asset
• Creative and innovative spirit, and openness to take meaningful risks

Travel within Canada will be required (post COVID). Grand Challenges Canada is committed to supporting equal opportunities to this position – please advise if you require any accommodations and we will support them as needed. We especially invite First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples to apply.

If we invite you to an interview, you are encouraged to become familiar with the following foundational resources that guide all aspects of the work that we do:
• Inquiry and Learning Bundle
• Indigenous Knowledges and Data Governance Protocol
• Shared Values and Principles of Indigenous Knowledges Creation and Application

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


septembre 24, 2021


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