SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY - Communications Assistant (Student)

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SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY - Communications Assistant (Student)

The Niagara Workforce Planning Board is offering an exciting opportunity that provides a chance to work on the front lines of communications, outreach, and engagement for a research-focused, not-for-profit organization.

The Niagara Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 planning boards in Ontario funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development via Employment Ontario. NWPB acts as Niagara’s authoritative voice for research by providing its various stakeholders (which include local municipalities, Niagara Region, Brock University, Niagara College, Niagara’s secondary school boards, businesses, business associations, and the social profit sector) with data and research on Niagara’s job market, population trends, and various Statistics Canada information. NWPB, as part of Ontario’s Local Boards Network, provides neutral and non-partisan labour market, economic, and demographic data to the Niagara region. Our organization works to provide our stakeholders with quality data and to ensure they are paired with compelling stories. In addition, NWPB acts as an organization which brings together various organizations to address workforce development issues.

The ideal candidate for this position brings a passion for communications, outreach and a willingness to learn more about how research organizations engage with the broader community. An awareness of best practices in social media is an asset, but is not a requirement for this position. An ideal candidate also has basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud software (particularly Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator).


Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and under the general direction of the Operations and Research Manager, the Communications Assistant’s primary responsibilities encompass the following areas:

1.    Communications and Outreach

  • Help manage NWPB’s social media channels and website, ensuring a balance of original content and shared content
    • Current priorities:
      • Consistent posts across Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
      • Original content for the above
  • Generate content for NWPB outreach activities (e.g. press releases, e-blasts, content for local publications)
    • Current priorities:
      • Custom research projects
      • Municipal outreach
  •  Liaise with community partners on NWPB projects 
    • Current priority:
      • Outreach to employers to promote projects and secure project participation

2.    Branding
  • Assist in developing and maintaining consistent branding for day-to-day outreach activities
    • Current priorities:
      • Chamber of commerce e-blasts
      • Social media visual content
      • Mentorship Program promotional materials
      • Monthly blog/news content
  • Aid in the creation of product design and layouts for custom research requests received by NWPB

3.   Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong command of written English
  • Good aesthetic sense and an understanding of visual brand consistency
  • Able to work with a high degree of autonomy and efficiency
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter, results driven, and goal orientated
  • Passion for innovation and creativity
  • Some experience with Excel

4.   Qualifications

  • A student in Communications, Graphic Design, or a related field
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud/Suite
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Comfort with current social media platforms: Twitter and LinkedIn in particular

5.   Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time (35 hours per week) temporary position lasting eight weeks. The position will be compensated at an hourly rate of $17/hour.

Resumes will be accepted until June 8 and can be sent to Adam Durrant,