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Employment Opportunity: Communications Officer

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise Canadians’ living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. It is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, with research that is rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed.

The Institute is seeking a Communications Officer to support its public relations and communications efforts.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Communications and Public Affairs, the Communications Officer will provide internal and external communications support with a primary focus on writing, social and traditional media, project management and assist with developing and executing key communication strategies.

This prestigious, growth opportunity is available to professionals with a Bachelor’s degree related to communications and marketing journalism and/or a strong focus in political science or economics. A self-starter with drive, the ideal candidate thrives in a challenging fast-paced environment. In all cases, applicants should bring 5-7 years of communications or marketing experience.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and write content and other information for communications materials targeted at various audiences including Institute members, policy stakeholders, media, and the informed public.
  • Assist with development of quarterly reports, annual reports, newsletters, or other communications materials.
  • Maintain currency of the Institute’s digital properties and online content as required.
  • Write and pitch editorial content to external sources to promote the Institute and our key messages.
  • Write news releases, backgrounders and other materials for major announcements.
  • Create social media content and manage social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube).
  • Create graphics, infographics and visual content to disseminate and promote Institute research.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, journalism or related fields or recognized equivalent required.
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, or journalism.
  • Exceptional written communication skills with a strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Active interest in Canadian policy issues, with a good understanding of Canadian economics, history, politics, and governance.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate advanced academic material to a number of different audiences, including researchers and the public.
  • Experience with website administration, content management, web analytics and social media analytics. Strong working ability with WordPress, Drupal, Salesforce, Google Analytics or other equivalent web analytic tools.
  • Experience managing multiple social media channels and providing marketing insights from social data analytics.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365 Suite of applications.
  • Excellent design sense in line with composition, colour, photography and typography.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign.
  • Experience with front end technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, HTML5 or other coding languages an asset.
  • Bilingualism (English/French) an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date as soon as possible, therefore interested candidates are encouraged to apply without delay.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to personnel@cdhowe.org.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only successful applicants will be contacted.