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Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

Indigenous Communications & Events Coordinator



Company Information

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) has represented Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario since 1912, providing service in the areas of government relations, communications, information management, education and training to advocate for the protection and well-being of children.

Job Description

Based on direction from the Director of Aboriginal Services and reporting to the Director of Communications and Public Engagement you will be responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing the OACAS/Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario Indigenous communications strategy, as well as working with the OACAS Events staff to organize and support Indigenous events.



  • Within the OACAS communications department develop and implement communications goals and strategies for the Indigenous program at OACAS - specifically to support a sector-wide reconciliation process with Indigenous Children and Families

  • Work with publishing and design services at OACAS to create materials for print, digital and social media to promote the apology

  • Draft media releases, backgrounders, and manage other media communications as needed

  • Responsible for all guest and speaker administrative coordination and invitations for events and programs in coordination with the OACAS events staff

  • Write indigenous content for OACAS publications

  • Writing, editing and distributing email communication, blog posts and newsletters for target audiences with support and input of OACAS communications staff

  • Establish and maintain relationships with Indigenous Child Well-being organizations, Provincial Territorial Organization Affiliations/Chiefs of Ontario (PTOs), media and other key Indigenous stakeholders as needed


Event Planning

  • Work with OACAS event staff to plan and organize Indigenous events – specifically the Think Tank, the Summer Camp, and the Reconciliation event

  • Establish and maintain relationships with providers as needed

  • Coordinate speakers, participants, volunteers

  • Administrative tasks related to communications and/or event planning

You have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in communications and event planning, preferably in the non-profit sector

  • Minimum 3 years of educational or professional experience in social and environmental justice

  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities and political organizations in Ontario

  • Knowledge and experience respecting Indigenous protocols and practices regarding Indigenous Elders and communities

  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail and the ability to manage several projects at the same time

  • Excellent writing, strategic communication skills

  • Experience working with traditional and non-traditional media outlets

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and experience using MailChimp considered an asset

  • Experience planning public events for youth and other audiences

  • Experience working on community engagement strategies with focus on building and supporting

  • Indigenous voice, representation and empowerment

  • Working knowledge and commitment to the principles of anti-oppression and decolonization from an intersectional approach

  • Ability to work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment

  • Strong problem solving skills, a creative mindset and the ability to work under pressure


Classification:        Professional; Contract, Full-time (to end of December 2017)

Salary:                  Grade 5 ($55,396 – $69,140)

Location:               Toronto, ON


APPLY ONLINE at by end of day Thursday, April 13, 2017.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

OACAS is committed to building a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve. We encourage and are pleased to consider applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to race, colour, citizenship, religion, sex, marital / family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, aboriginal status, age or disability.

Accommodation at OACAS

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants are required to make any accommodation requests for the application, interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department at 416 987-7725. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the interview or selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Contact Information

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Anna Mikhael
Human Resources Specialist
416 987-9853
Posting Date: 29-Mar-2017Other Contract, Full-Time 9.00  Months$55,396 - $69,140/yr 1 ASAP
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