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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 trusted 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, and project management.

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. The candidate must possess strong inter-personal skills, enthusiasm, and the ability to work in a team setting. In all cases, applicants should bring 3+ 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.


  • Active interest in Canadian policy issues, with a high level of understanding of Canadian economics, history, politics, and governance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, journalism or related fields or recognized equivalent required.
  • At least 3+ years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, or journalism.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with a strong commitment to accuracy and strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate advanced academic material to a number of different audiences, including researchers and the public.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with accuracy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365 Suite of applications.


  • Experience with website administration, content management, web analytics and social media analytics. Strong working ability with WordPress, Drupal, Salesforce, Pardot, Google Analytics or other equivalent web analytic tools.
  • Experience managing multiple social media channels and providing marketing insights from social data analytics.
  • Excellent design sense in line with composition, colour, photography and typography.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign.
  • Bilingualism (English/French).

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.