CBU CO-OP ONLY – United Way Cape Breton – Communications Assistant


Manages, oversees and develops strategies to enhance United Way Cape Breton’s public image. This position is responsible to build relationships with companies and volunteers; with members of the
media pitching stories to publications and monitoring media coverage; identifying key messages and communicating them to potential alliance partners and investors.

 Enthusiastic and outgoing individual with a high degree of initiative
 Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently (displays willingness to work with small team)
 Able to handle multiple tasks in a highly active and fast-paced work environment
 Self-motivated
 Strong work ethic
 Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are essential
 Excellent written, verbal, organizational, interpersonal and presentation and facilitation skills

 Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to diverse groups of individuals including top management, public groups and employee groups
 Interacts well with others and is able to maintain positive relationships throughout the community with diverse groups of people and with a wide variety of work environments
 Demonstrates abilities in the following areas: analyzing data and providing recommendations from analysis, troubleshooting, sensitivity, diplomacy and discretion with personal and corporate information
 Strong competency in Microsoft Office software
 Utilizes creative relationship-focused service skills to achieve desired results
 Must be willing to travel – this position requires regular offsite appointments
 Ability to be flexible and to function well under pressure, meet multiple deadlines
 Commitment to community improvement is a must
 Some evening and weekend hours required
 A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required


 Website/Social Media – Write for the external website. Responsible for website and social media updates
 Media Relations – Research and write press releases and backgrounders. Manage the media list
 Writing and editing – Researching, writing and editing of communications materials such as speeches, letters and feature stories
 Campaign preparation and support; campaign volunteer recognition planning
 Special Events – Provide support for events, including collateral development and on-site participation
 Media Monitoring – Identify, monitor and gather information and issues
 Research – General information requests and update the database
 Effectively convey the mission, benefits and organizational values of United Way Cape Breton to general public, businesses, community leaders and all internal and external United Way
Cape Breton constituents
 Promote a cooperative spirit among coworkers and other partners
 Other duties as assigned by Campaign Manager/Executive Director/Executive Assistant

Application Details

For this position, students must be an eligible Co-op student.  For information on becoming a CBU Co-op student, please contact jennifer_currie@cbu.ca

To apply to the position, address resume and cover letter to the attention of Erin Gallagher, Campaign Manager, but email resume and cover letter to jennifer_currie@cbu.ca by 4pm on August 19, 2016.

Term:    September to December, 2016