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Job Offer – Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 3, 2006 – Application Deadline: September 1, 2006   Starting Date: September 15, 2006

Position: Senior Communications Coordinator

Job Description:
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, charitable, private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian Teams to the Paralympic Games. The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all levels.

POSITION DESCRIPTION (also online at www.paralympic.ca)

The Senior Communications Coordinator is an organizational communications professional, a producer of fine journalistic copy who knows how to influence an audience and how to use the tools of the communications trade to create widespread support for Paralympic Sport through proactive media/public relations. The candidate will firmly establish and maintain positive working relationships with key Canadian media and National Sport Organizations and ensure a continuous presence in the marketplace for Paralympic Sport. The Senior Communications Coordinator will play a key communications role with Team Canada at the upcoming Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing, China, in September 2008 and the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010.

The Senior Communications Coordinator performs a variety of communications tasks including: provision of copy for all communications media; web site coordination; newsletter coordination; event coordination. The Senior Communications Coordinator will report to and is responsible to the Communications Manager.

DUTIES AND RESPONSABILITIES

Writing/editorial Services: -Provide superb copy writing/editorial services including news releases, web site, publications, reports, speeches and presentations. Primary language for writing is English, with conversational facility in both official languages.

Media Relations: -Write, oversee translation and distribute news releases -Respond to media requests, including interview requests and requests for photos -Organize press events -Create and update informative documents for the media regarding the CPC, the Games and the Movement -Maintain good relationships with media across Canada and negotiate media presence a Paralympic events -Create and update a database of national, provincial and local media sources -Manage the media monitoring system -Develop content for the CPC newsletter and website and oversee production and maintenance

Web site: -Provide support services to the communications manager in maintaining the currency and impact of the CPC website -CPC Calendar (collect and compile activities to post on CPC’s website)

Newsletter: -Support the communications manager in the production and distribution of the CPC newsletters

Events: -Act as event coordinator for all CPC events including media, award and program related events

Games Duties: -Assist Press Chief at Paralympic Games in managing the Media Team and communications office -Draft job descriptions and help select Mission staff personnel -Plan and implement logistics for the Canadian Media Team -Create partnerships with media to cover the Games -Create partnerships with National Sports Organizations to promote awareness of Paralympic Sport -Promote presence at the Games to the media and coordinate the Canadian media accreditation process -Develop the Games Media Guide -Collect, edit and package athlete information -Help provide media training session for the athletes and spokespeople -Organize Games events and announcements

Other: duties as required

QUALIFICATIONS: -Graduate of a journalism, public relations or communications program at college or university -3-5 years progressive experience including managing staff/volunteers -Superb copywriting skills in English -Speaking skills in both languages -Presentation skills -Media negotiation skills -Computer literacy in word processing, data base management and page layout. Standard PC software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) -Ability to manage multiple projects -Detail-oriented, dependable, self-confident, independent, and budget minded -Works well under supervision; able to deal with pressure and long hours during Games -Eager to assimilate, learn and develop professionally -Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends during events, and to travel -Some major event experience, preferably sport

DEADLINE AND CONTACTS If you are interested in this position, please submit your resumé, a cover letter explaining your interest and two references before Friday September 1, 2006:

— E-mail: sophie@paralympic.ca — Fax: Attention: Sophie Castonguay, (613) 569-2777 — Mail: Senior Communications Coordinator position, Canadian Paralympic Committee, 1401-85 Albert St., Ottawa, ON, K1P 6A4

Only those candidates receiving an interview will be contacted.

This position is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada.

Visit our website at: www.paralympic.ca

Salary Range: 38,646 – 44,050 + benefits

Type of Position:
Full Time – Employee

Contact Information:
Sophie Castonguay
Canadian Paralympic Committee
1401 Albert, Suite 1401
Ottawa , Canada
K1P 6A4
E-mail: sophie@paralympic.ca
Tel. 613-569-4333 x225
Fax. 613-569-2777
http://www.paralympic.ca





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