Position: Mid-Senior level

Job type: Full-time

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We fight as innovators. As boundary-pushers. We fight as world leaders in emergency medical care. We fight because every life is worth it. When our first helicopter took flight in 1985, we radically changed the way critical care was delivered. Our crews comprise of life-saving professionals that receive advanced medical training to save lives. Every patient aboard a STARS helicopter is in the care of crews who excel and are innovative in their roles. Totally patient-centered, we’re finding ways to get to the people who need us, no matter where they are. From improving our reach in rural areas to leveraging technology, we’re finding ways to bridge the gap and make the impossible, possible. It means using advanced technology stocked on board every STARS helicopter, it means equipping our teams with the right tools to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care available.

STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that flies over 3,000 missions each year providing time, hope and life-saving care for the critically ill and injured. If you care about doing work that makes an impact in people’s lives, we want to hear from you.

Communications Officer (1.0 FTE) Regina or Saskatoon Base

Is this challenge for you?

Reporting to the Manager, Marketing and External Relations, the Communications Officer is an experienced and highly motivated communications professional who works within the Marketing and Communications team, and one who promotes and propels the STARS brand through strategic communications, media and public relations, and issues management.

The Communications Officer will work shoulder to shoulder with STARS’ foundation and the operations teams to provide end-to-end communications support for a world-class critical care non-profit. With demonstrated experience, you will be highly motivated, curious, strategic and self-driven. You will thrive on collaboration with clients, colleagues, and other allies, and will align with the STARS values and strategic vision.

Do you have what it takes?

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop, manage and execute on communication strategies to support the needs of STARS foundation and operations;
  • Serve as primary contact for media and other media relations activities and events;
  • Build STARS’ presence in the community by fostering new and ongoing relationships with individuals and groups in the communities we serve;
  • Oversee communications-related aspects of STARS’ emergency response plans;
  • Serve as a senior communications professional on the Marketing & Communications team, providing strategic guidance and counsel to colleagues and senior leadership on a range of communications initiatives and portfolios;
  • Prepare media materials, including news releases, backgrounders and media advisories;
  • Respond to media requests and act as STARS spokesperson when necessary;
  • Proactively pitch media, coordinate media events, coordinate video and photo shoots, provide media coaching and support media tracking efforts;
  • Write and edit key messages, news releases, web content, marketing collateral, speaking notes, newsletter stories and publications;
  • Create compelling copy for promotional materials including event handouts, invitations, proposals, brochures, posters, advertisements and other materials as required;
  • Ensure web communication is part of overall communication approach by supporting STARS’ presence on social media channels and other emerging media opportunities;
  • Support brand consistency across the organization;
  • Liaise with Foundation colleagues to support fundraising and awareness-building initiatives;
  • Proactively manage major initiatives and assigned portfolios to successful completion;
  • Be available for after-hours on-call responsibilities.

Who are you?
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a mature, professional and calm demeanour;
  • Advanced time management skills, ability to thrive with multiple priorities and extremely tight timeframes and deadlines;
  • Ability to take both a very detailed tactical approach and the “big picture”/ strategic approach, dependent upon the circumstances;
  • Experience working with media and acting as a spokesperson when required;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide thought partnership on complex projects and issues;
  • Experience writing and editing for various mediums;
  • Portfolio demonstrating ability to create strong, compelling collateral;
  • Project management and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to manage direction and input from internal and external sources;
  • Collaboration and teambuilding skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Flexibility and initiative;
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in communications, public relations or journalism;
  • Five to seven years of progressive professional communications public relations or media relations experience.

What we offer!

We offer a competitive salary based on education and experience, as well as excellent organization-paid benefits with a matched RRSP program, and so much more. More importantly you will be a key member of the STARS organization and a link in our ability to execute our mission of saving lives safely within the chain of survival. If you are the person we are looking for and would like to make a difference with your career, make sure to apply now!

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Deadline: 19-01-2024

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