Media & Public Affairs/Communications Advisor
Policy and Advocacy
Target hiring range: $76,323 to $85,863
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) serves Ontario’s hospitals and is committed to building a better health system for patients and families. We support our member hospitals by forming strong relationships with government stakeholders, hospital leaders, and other partners that cultivate a mutual understanding of and shared commitment to a high-performing health system. Within this stimulating context, the OHA is seeking a Media & Public Affairs/Communications Advisor to join its Public Affairs team to assume responsibility for a diverse portfolio of responsibilities.
The OHA is looking for an energetic professional with political acumen and outstanding communications skills. You will bring to this position a strong understanding of government decision-making processes and a broad network of political and governmental contacts.
You will have a thoughtful and confident communication style that is conducive to building and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders and government in particular. You thrive in a fast-paced environment and have a strong sense of accountability for your work and the service that you provide to your colleagues, the organization and its members.
Your organizational, communication and relationship skills, coupled with your pragmatic and creative approach to identifying opportunities to advance health system priorities will be key to your success.
Reporting to the Director, Public Affairs, you will:
This position requires a degree/diploma in political science, journalism, or communications (or equivalent) and knowledge of and/or experience in government relations. Four to six years of progressive experience in public affairs and strategic communications. Experience at Queen’s Park as well as experience dealing with national news agencies is required. Issues management and knowledge of the legislative process/public policy environment is required; an understanding of the health care sector and familiarity with current health care issues is an asset. In addition to having outstanding oral and written communication skills, the successful candidate will have strong issues management skills and experience interacting with the government officials, external consultants, stakeholders and the media. An excellent project manager, the successful candidate will also be creative, intuitive, team-oriented, able to meet tight deadlines, and accustomed to working in a dynamic, high-pressure environment.
The ideal candidate might be described as dynamic, positive, collaborative, persuasive, resilient, driven and results-oriented.
Why Join the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)?
Join us in serving Ontario’s hospitals to build a better health system. As a not-for-profit association, the OHA offers you a fulfilling role supporting our members through advocacy, knowledge translation and member engagement, labour relations, and data and analytics.
An inspiring and creative place to work, the OHA is your opportunity to change the healthcare system for the better, while having a lot of fun. You’ll also be welcomed into a supportive and inclusive environment built on our core values of:
Humility – we listen to and respect the view of others
Discovery – we explore new ideas and possibilities
Passion – we bring energy and enthusiasm to what we do
The OHA is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We welcome applications from Black individuals and Persons of Colour, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, and others who may contribute to the diversity of ideas within our organization. We are committed to the fair assessment of each candidate’s abilities, and consider their range of experience, including non-traditional career paths.
Employee engagement is key to the success of any business, and that’s why the OHA is proud of our 100% employee engagement rate. We consistently survey staff to ensure we can respond to their needs and engage in meaningful conversations to improve our corporate culture. It’s why we’ve been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada (five times!). Our 2022 Best Places to Work award from Human Resources Director demonstrates our commitment to a culture that upholds diversity, equity, inclusion, mental health, wellness, and compassionate leadership.
As we search for qualified candidates to join our team, their fit with our culture and values are just as important.
Joining the OHA gives you access to a multitude of benefits including:
Potential applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter by June 5, 2023. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.
The successful applicant must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the Government of Canada) or have a valid vaccination exemption pursuant to the Human Rights Code. Further, they must provide proof of vaccination (or a valid exemption) prior to the start date, provide updated information as necessary, and comply with any ongoing vaccination-related requirements.