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February 5, 2008 – The Coaching Association of Canada is seeking a suitable applicant to fill the position of Communications Coordinator. As well, the Canadian Paralympic Committee is seeking a successful candidate for the position of Home Office Media Attache Position. See details below.

Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is seeking to hire a Communications Coordinator to support the design and implementation of a proactive and effective internal and external communications program. This position will focus on strengthening CAC’s visibility and brand through media relations, stakeholder communications, and website management. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Communications Coordinator will:

– Develop and manage a national awareness and public relations strategy to encourage growth in both existing and new markets that is consistent with CAC’s mandate, mission, and strategic objectives.
– Proactively generate positive media coverage by creating and positioning stories with the media and developing strong media relationships.
– Monitor website to ensure that this vehicle is an accurate reflection of our brand and drives our marketing and communications objectives.
– Develop, prepare, and manage the production of a wide range of quality print and electronic communications for CAC’s programs including the Annual Report.

As the ideal candidate, you will possess a communications or public relations degree, have three to five years of experience, and have an ability to manage and execute multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. You will have solid media relations background with the ability to develop strong relationships and will be knowledgeable about the Canadian sport environment. You must demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to think strategically as well as to implement and execute plans. Bilingualism is essential.

A compensation package will be negotiated commensurate with education and experience. This position is scheduled to start on April 1, 2008.

Applications will be received in the strictest confidence. Please e-mail your CV with references, both personal and professional, and salary expectations by February 22, 2008 to the Coaching Association of Canada, at hr@coach.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact selected applicants.

– Application deadline: February 22, 2008
– Starting Date: April 1, 2008
– Position: Communications Coordinator
– Type of Position: Full Time – Employee
– Contact Information: Sandra Gage
Coaching Association of Canada, 141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 300, Ottawa , ON, Canada, K1P 5J3
E-mail: sgage@coach.ca
Tel. (613) 235-5000
Fax. (613) 235-9500

Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is seeking a highly motivated individual for the volunteer position of Home Office Media Attache for the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing, China.

As the Home Office Media Attache, you will be the key media liaison in Canada for Team Canada.

The Home Office Media Attache will manage media requests from journalists in Canada, help with the posting of photos, media releases and other materials on the CPC website and help generate story ideas around the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Deadline for applications is Monday, February 18 at 5:00 PM (EST).

We thank all candidates who apply, but only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

– Time Commitment: Orientation Seminar (May 2 to 4, 2008 in Toronto) Full-time in Beijing from approximately Aug. 30 to Sept. 19, 2008
– Reports o: Beijing 2008 Press Chief
– Position type: Volunteer

Terms and Conditions
The Home Team Press Attaché of the Canadian Paralympic Team will be required to abide by their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the task list (below). Overall, he/she must:

– Report to the Press Chief prior to and throughout the Games;
– Fully participate in the Games Orientation Seminar (in Toronto in May 2008);
– Provide overall media support to athletes of the Canadian Team from the CPC’s Ottawa office;
– Ensure that all media requests from reporters in Canada are submitted to the Press Chief in Beijing immediately (due to the time difference, many calls will likely go to the Ottawa office);
– Help with posting of photos, media releases and other materials on the CPC website;
– Participate in Media staff meetings via telephone, as required; and
– Submit a post Games media questionnaire to the Press Chief within 60 days of the end of the Games, and participate in any debriefing meetings as requested by the Press Chief.

Required Skills:
– Major national or international or other sporting event experience
– Experience in media relations
– Knowledge of amateur sport
– Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
– Ability to work extended hours
– Able to solve problems quickly and efficiently
– Ability to function as a cooperative and effective Team member
– Bilingualism preferred (French and English)
– Knowledge of the Paralympic Movement preferred

– Pre-Games:
Shared Tasks
– Attend and participate in media meeting(s), conference call(s) and planning sessions as required.
– Fully participate in the Games Orientation Seminar from May 2-4, 2008 to be held in Toronto.
– Help the CPC office staff develop procedures for ensuring communication with on-site personnel.
– Liaise with national sports organizations (NSOs) in Canada as required on joint media initatives.

Tasks that may be assigned to individual Press Attachés
– Ensure familiarity with the all Paralympic sports at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, and the Canadian athletes participating in the Games. Research all the sports, study athlete’s profiles, meet athletes in training or competition and propose a few personal stories on athletes to Press Chief.
– Assist with the promotion of the Paralympic Games to media.
– Assist the Press Chief in establishing and maintaining contact with the media.
– Assist the Press Chief in organizing press conferences and public events.
– Other duties as required.

– During Games:
– Receive and manage media requests (from Canadian media in Canada wanting to interview athletes at the Beijing Games)
– Coordinate these requests with the Press Chief in Beijing
– Help distribute to Canadian media in Canada media releases and story pitches
– Help educate Canadian media in Canada about the Paralympic Movement, including the Paralympic athletes at the Beijing 2008 Games
– Post on the website and distribute flash quotes of athletes/coaches, when required
– Post photos and ensure photo image area is operating effectively; keep track of all reporters in Canada asking for access to the image area and provide password (if eligible)
– Provide general assistance in the media team offices (village or Main Press Centre)
– Help distribute to media in Canada stories of the day
– Follow up with media to ensure stories get out
– Provide general assistance in admin tasks such as but not limited to: press clippings, web stats and content, archiving photos, helping with captions, etc.
– Warn Press Chief of any issues/concerns that arise during the Games
– Other duties as required

– Post-Games:
– Assist in the welcome home events at the airport (media requests)
– Submit a post Games report, including recommendations, to the Press Chief
РReview and provide relevant revisions to the Press Chief regarding the Media Attach̩ job description

Instructions to Applicants
Interested candidates should e-mail their resume and a cover letter in MS Word format, showing in detail how your experience, knowledge and skills relate to the qualifications listed above, to:

Norma Reveler Beijing 2008 Press Chief norma@paralympic.ca

For more information, please visit the Canadian Paralympic Committee website at: www.paralympic.ca.

– Starting Date: February 4, 2008
– Position: Home Office Media Attache Position Salary Range: Volunteer
– Type of Position: Volunteer

View Attachments: Home Office Media Attache Position details.doc here, CPC_FR_Home Office Media Attache Position details GAB.doc here.

Contact Information: Norma Reveler
Canadian Paralympic Committee, 85 Albert Street, Suite 1401, Ottawa , ON, Canada, K1P 6A4
E-mail: norma@paralympic.ca
Tel. 613-569-4333, x227
Fax. 613-569-2777

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