CCEDNet Intern: Communications Assistant

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The Canadian CED Network is inviting applications for a work experience position which will be based out of its administrative office in Victoria, BC. The Communications Assistant position will begin on September 8, 2008 for a period of six (6) months. This position is funded in part by the government of Canada and, as such, the following criteria apply:

Criteria for candidates include:
• between the ages of 15 and 30 inclusively at the time of selection
• a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident, or a protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
• legally entitled to work in Canada
• legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and/or territorial legislation and regulations
• out of school
• a post-secondary college or university graduate
• not receiving Employment Insurance benefits
• can demonstrate a lack of labour market attachment to field of study (under-employed or unemployed)
• can demonstrate that working in the field of community economic development is a career goal
• has not previously participated in a Service Canada Career Focus work experience placement

The Canadian CED Network is a values-based non-profit organization committed to strengthening the social, economic, and environmental conditions of Canadian communities. We have several hundred members throughout Canada working at the grassroots level in rural, urban, Aboriginal and northern settings. Offering an inclusive, learning environment for staff and members, the Network seeks to create opportunities for young people to develop their skills and leadership in building sustainable communities. For more information on the network please visit our website:

The Communications Assistant will provide support for the development and implementation of CCEDNet's internal and external communications objectives.

1. Assisting the Communications Coordinator in executing the organization's overall communications plan
2. Assisting with the development and coordination of a national campaign, including creating a campaign specific communications plan, identifying strategic objectives, planning and executing activities and measuring outcomes
3. Event coordination
4. Liaising with government, community and civil society partners
5. Maintaining the organization's website, including creating and editing copy, managing update requests and analyzing web statistics
6. Assisting with content sourcing and writing for CCEDNet's Annual Report
7. Assisting with writing, editing and formatting of National newsletter
8. Design and layout of publications, brochures and promotional material
9. Updating and maintaining national and regional media lists
10. Content writing for publications, reports, articles and promotional materials
11. Marketing of publications and resources

The Communications Assistant will report to the Communications Coordinator and work in collaboration with several other colleagues at CCEDNet's administrative office located in Victoria, BC. This position also works with other members of CCEDNet staff located across Canada.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• Post-secondary college or university graduate in related field
• Some experience in Public Relations, Communications and/or campaign development
• Experience with document design software (ie: Adobe InDesign CS 3) and design principals
• Proficient in all Microsoft office programs, internet and email
• Creative
• Detail-oriented
• Experience, training or expressed interest in community economic development and the non-profit sector
• Willing to travel

*Preference will be given to bilingual candidates (English and French).

Term of Employment: 26 weeks. Start Date September 8, 2008
Wages and benefits: $15/hour at 35 hours/week plus statutory benefits

All applicants must submit their resume, cover letter and one (1) writing sample (news release, backgrounder, article, essay, etc.) of fewer than 1000 words via e-mail or fax no later than August 20th, 2008 to:

Erin Brocklebank
Communications Coordinator
The Canadian CED Network
Tel: 250-386-9980 (106)
Fax: 250-386-9984

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Start Date: 
Mon, 09/08/2008
20 Aug 2008
250-386-9980 (106)
211-620 View Street
Victoria  British Columbia