The Canadian Federation of Students seeks a Communications Coordinator, based in Ottawa, to assist with communications and public relations.

The Canadian Federation of Students represents more than 650,000 college and university students from 80 students’ unions across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students was formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally and to provide cost-saving services to its members.

  • Type: Full-time, permanent
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Salary: Salary of $2175 bi-weekly
  • Unionized with:CUPE Local 1281


  • Traditional Media and Public Relations: Produce media releases and commentary on student issues, maintain media lists and relationships with campus, local and national press, act as the primary contact for journalists on behalf of the Federation. Prepare media messaging and media strategies for spokespeople on a variety of student-related and Federation topics.
  • Membership Communications: Develop and implement a communications strategy to ensure the Federation’s effective and inclusive communication with its members using a variety of products including: print materials; advertisements; blog posts, general meeting reports and materials, letters; posters; signage and social media.
  • Web and Social Media Management: Coordinating the Federation’s online presence and campaigns including producing content for WordPress and Nationbuilder sites, managing various Federation social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat.
  • Email Communications: Manage email and newsletter campaigns including preparing content, maintaining and updating lists and scheduling/sending emails.
  • Education and Training: Provide strategic guidance and communications support to provincial offices and member locals through skills trainings and maintaining professional relationships.
  • Campaigns & Government Relations: Contribute to the development of campaigns and government relations work and assist with the execution of campaigns and government relations strategies.
  • General Work: Attending and assisting with the organizing of provincial and national general membership meetings and executive meetings; engaging in collective office work, including general operational and day-to-day administrative responsibilities; working collectively with the other Federation staff; and performing additional duties as assigned.



  • Current knowledge of the Canadian Federation of Students and the representation and services provided to students across the country;
  • Current knowledge of the federal government and the Canadian political process and issues facing the student movement across the country;
  • 1-2 years experience in communications and media relations work within a progressive environment including developing media strategies, preparing press releases and creating media messaging;
  • Fluently bilingual in English and French an asset.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and knowledge of social media tools including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram;
  • Demonstrated proficiency and knowledge of web content management and email tools including WordPress, NationBuilder and MailChimp;
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, team oriented work environment;
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and the Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Experience with design, illustration and photo editing skills an asset;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Experience working within an anti-oppression framework;
  • Willingness to occasionally travel;
  • College or university education in a related field, or equivalent work experience;
  • Experience working in a member-based or non-profit organization is an asset.


The Canadian Federation of Students is an employment equity employer. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome; in particular, applications are encouraged from racialized people, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, queer and trans people, and women.

Only those candidates contacted for an interview will be notified.

Deadline for Applications: April 21, 2017