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Communications Specialist Student (Summer 2022)

Remote/hybrid work is possible.

The Toronto-based HIV Legal Network seeks one communications student intern for the summer of 2022, beginning as soon as June 6, 2022, for a period of up to 12 weeks ending September 3, 2022, to support the organization’s communications activities. We offer students a unique opportunity to work in a community-based organization that undertakes leading-edge communications and advocacy work, in Canada and internationally. Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Draft and edit Legal Network materials, including print and electronic publications aimed at members, government officials, UN agencies, NGO partners, and donors
  • Produce content for the Legal Network’s online presence, including its websites and social media accounts
  • Help to implement and evaluate the Legal Network’s media relations activities
  • Help develop, implement, and evaluate the Legal Network’s activities in the areas of advocacy, relations with members and other stakeholders, and other public communications activities
  • Compile and issue daily media clippings to inform the organization’s policy positions and educational and advocacy activities
  • Produce government relations research
  • Provide support for events
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor

The position requires a highly organized person with excellent communications and writing skills, the ability to work independently and think critically, and interest in HIV and AIDS, health, and human rights issues. Preference will be given to bilingual applicants (English /French) who are enrolled in communications programs. Students will be paid at the rate of $17 per hour and will work 35 hours per week. Working hours are flexible.

Please forward your covering letter, detailed resumé, and a brief writing sample (max. 500 words) to: Communications Student Intern Hiring Committee, HIV Legal Network: hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca

Deadline for application is 5pm on Monday, May 23, 2022

We thank all applicants in advance, but will only contact those selected for an interview. More information on the Legal Network is available at www.hivlegalnetwork.ca.

The Legal Network is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including racialized and Indigenous students and persons living with HIV.


Policy Analyst

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Do you have a passion for social justice? The HIV Legal Network is seeking a full-time policy analyst to use their legal skills to advance the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV in Canada and around the world.

Position: Policy Analyst

Location: Toronto/hybrid (remote work to begin)
Employment status: Full-time
Salary range: $68,000-72,000
Language requirements: Preferred Bilingual (English/French)
Application deadline: May 15, 2022

In December 1992, a group of activists came together to create the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. They were united in their recognition that any effective response to the pandemic must ensure that the human rights of people living with HIV and communities particularly affected by HIV are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Today, as the HIV Legal Network (www.hivlegalnetwork.ca), we’re one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, in Canada and internationally.

We work tirelessly to defend the rights of people affected by HIV and hepatitis C (HCV), from women, newcomers, and gay men, to prisoners, people who use drugs, and sex workers, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

We envision a world in which the human rights and dignity of people living with and affected by HIV are fully realized and in which laws and policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support.  

Job description

The Policy Analyst will be a member of our Research & Policy Team, and will work closely with the other team members, the Co-Executive Directors, and other staff in achieving the overall goals of the HIV Legal Network.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • monitoring developments related to HIV and HCV with legal, policy or human rights dimensions;
  • researching and writing documents on legal and policy issues related to HIV and HCV for diverse audiences including communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV, frontline workers, and policy-makers;
  • developing materials for strategic litigation and other law reform initiatives;
  • working with other staff to develop, implement, and regularly review the HIV Legal Network’s advocacy priorities and initiatives, including associated communications activities;
  • delivering presentations, lectures, and workshops;
  • delivering media interviews and responding to media inquiries;
  • representing the HIV Legal Network at meetings with other organizations (domestic and international) and government agencies, policymakers, and officials;
  • identifying, through discussion with the Research & Policy Team, strategic directions for the HIV Legal Network’s legal/policy research and advocacy;
  • managing projects; and
  • assisting as necessary in developing funding applications and project budgets in those areas involving research, policy development and advocacy work, and preparing reports on their activities for reports to funders.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

  • a law degree from a Canadian law school or a Certificate of Equivalence from the National Committee on Accreditation (being called to the bar in a Canadian province or territory is an asset, but is not required);
  • proven skills in legal research and writing;
  • excellent oral and written communications skills in English and French;
  • experience in legal and policy analysis and advocacy work in relation to HIV, human rights, or a related field;
  • proven project management skills;
  • an ability to travel, both within Canada and internationally; and
  • initiative, perseverance, flexibility, collegiality, and a passion for social justice.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • be familiar with issues related to HIV and HCV including the health and social impacts of repressive laws and policies on communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV;
  • have experience working with people living with or affected by HIV or HCV;
  • be well-versed in international law;
  • have some litigation experience; and
  • have experience with public speaking and delivering media interviews.

Salary and benefits

The salary range for this position is $68,000-72,000, in addition to employer-paid benefits.

Application process

Please email your résumé, a cover letter, and a brief writing sample (that has not been edited by another) to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca.  

Applications should be received no later than May 15, 2022.

Desired start date

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible but have some flexibility in the starting date and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

We thank all applicants for their interest but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including people living with HIV, Indigenous people, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their cover letter.


Digital and Strategic Communications Officer

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Do you have a passion for social justice and a way with words? The HIV Legal Network is seeking a full-time Digital and Strategic Communications Officer to use their communication skills to advance the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV in Canada and around the world.

Position: Digital and Strategic Communications Officer

Location: Toronto/hybrid (remote work to begin)
Employment status: Full-time, contract (12 months, with possibility of renewal)
Salary range: $48,000-55,000
Language requirements: Preferred Bilingual (English/French)
Application deadline: May 9, 2022

 

In December 1992, a group of activists came together to create the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. They were united in their recognition that any effective response to the pandemic must ensure that the human rights of people living with HIV and communities particularly affected by HIV are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Today, as the HIV Legal Network (www.hivlegalnetwork.ca), we’re one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, in Canada and internationally.

We work tirelessly to defend the rights of people affected by HIV and hepatitis C (HCV), from women, newcomers, and gay men, to prisoners, people who use drugs, and sex workers, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

We envision a world in which the human rights and dignity of people living with and affected by HIV are fully realized and in which laws and policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support.

Job Description

The Legal Network is seeking a Digital and Strategic Communications Officer to conceptualize, coordinate, and produce an array of digital and other communications products, help to devise and implement creative advocacy campaigns, and propose digital and other tools to enhance ongoing fundraising and engagement campaigns. The Digital and Strategic Communications Officer will be a member of the Communications Team and will work closely with the Co-Executive Director and the Communications Specialist to create stewardship materials and other communications for an array of audiences, as well as promoting our issues, analysis, and events through social media and other digital platforms.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Help to plan, manage, implement, and evaluate multi-faceted, creative strategic communications projects (and specifically web-based and digital projects) from start to finish;
  • Develop and implement digital and other outreach strategies for various communications campaigns and for appropriate audiences (including, but not limited to, community groups and current and prospective donors);
  • Undertake design for certain products (if design capabilities exist); manage outside contractors in the design and production of certain products;
  • In collaboration with the Co-Executive Director, develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies/initiatives to cultivate, recognize, and steward donors (including — but not limited to — website content, web-based communications, and gift recognition correspondence);
  • In collaboration with the Co-Executive Director and the Communications Specialist, strategize on podcast production and distribution with an eye to building an audience and furthering organizational goals;
  • Provide strategic communications advice (with particular emphasis on audiences and promotions) for Legal Network membership/donor activities, as assigned by the Co-Executive Director;
  • Help to manage the organization’s social media accounts;
  • Help to coordinate the organization’s digital newsletter;
  • Work with the Communications Specialist on maintaining website content, enhancing user experience, and troubleshooting any web-related issues; and
  • Undertake other related tasks as may be assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

As an ideal candidate, you:

  • Hold a post-secondary degree (BA, diploma) and ideally 2-3 years communications experience;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communications skills in English (and such skills in French would be a strong asset);
  • Understand the importance of strategic communications and are familiar with the production of many different types of communications products and media;
  • Have created digital advocacy projects, including short videos and graphics;
  • Have worked with outside contractors to produce successful communications products;
  • Have some design experience and skills and are familiar with design software (basic skills required);
  • Have worked with an array of stakeholders and understand how to plan strategic communications products tailored to difference audiences;
  • Are experienced in using various social media platforms;
  • Have basic website maintenance skills;
  • Display creativity in developing promotional materials and strategies;
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and can work under tight deadlines;
  • Have prior experience working for a non-governmental organization; and
  • Have a passion for the work of the HIV Legal Network.
  • Previous experience with podcasting, including production and promotion, would be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience with fundraising and donor-centered communications would be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience working with media would be considered an asset.

This is a wish list and a snapshot of what this role will encompass. If you have equivalent experience that would help you in this position but that isn’t listed here, let us know in your cover letter. If you can say yes to 80% of what we describe, we’d love to hear from you.

Salary and benefits

The salary range for this position is $48,000-55,000, in addition to employer-paid benefits.

Application process

Please email your résumé to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca, along with a cover letter explaining how your experience corresponds to this posting, and 2-3 short and recent samples demonstrating your strategic communications ability. Samples such as videos and social media graphics are highly encouraged.

Applications should be received no later than May 9, 2022.

Desired Start Date

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible but have some flexibility in the starting date and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

We thank all applicants for their interest but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including people living with HIV, Indigenous people, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their cover letter.

 


Communications Officer (Eastern Europe and Central Asia)

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Do you have a passion for social justice? Speak and write Russian and English fluently? Care about health and human rights? The HIV Legal Network is seeking a full-time Communications Officer to support and advance our work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) to defend and promote the human rights of people living with and key populations particularly affected by HIV.

Position: Communications Officer (Eastern Europe and Central Asia)

Location: Based in Toronto office at 1240 Bay Street, Suite 600, M5R 2A7, Tel: 416-595-1666, Email: hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca (With remote work as necessary given public health considerations, and some travel required when feasible.)

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Status: Full-time, permanent position

ABOUT THE HIV LEGAL NETWORK

Since 1992, the HIV Legal Network (formerly the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network) has been working to promote the human rights of people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education, and community mobilization. We envision a world in which the human rights and dignity of people living with HIV or AIDS and those affected by the disease are fully realized and in which laws and policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support.

For nearly 30 years, the Legal Network has not only been making change in Canada, but also contributing to the global movement for health and human rights. Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) remains among the global regions where HIV epidemic continues to grow. People who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and migrants are the “key populations” affected by the epidemic. Their vulnerability to HIV is driven by outdated and/or discriminatory laws, policies, and practices that impede effective prevention measures and their access to appropriate care and treatment. For more than 15 years, the HIV Legal Network has been actively engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights of key populations in EECA, working in collaboration with partners confronting this challenging environment.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The HIV Legal Network is looking to hire a full-time Communications Officer (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) to join our Communications Team, reporting to the Co-Executive Director. They will work with the other communications staff and with the Senior Policy Analyst leading our work in EECA to support our human rights research, education, advocacy, and community engagement in the region. This will include raising awareness of human rights issues affecting the HIV response in the region, and of the work of the HIV Legal Network and its regional partners, among various target audiences, including government officials and agencies, media, civil society organizations, and donors and funders, both in the EECA and beyond. 

At the HIV Legal Network, we are committed to centering the experience of people with lived experience (including ensuring representation at Board and staff levels), and we strongly encourage the application of people from communities affected by HIV and AIDS to this position. A central value of the HIV Legal Network is “ensuring the meaningful participation of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in our work and in defining and implementing policies and programs.” This position will work closely with key populations in the EECA region and a high level of trust will be necessary.

The Communications Officer will operate with supervision, as needed, by the Co-Executive Director and in partnership with the Senior Policy Analyst responsible for leading the HIV Legal Network’s work in EECA.  

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring relevant daily news (English and Russian) across the EECA region.
  • Identifying media opportunities and tools to influence appropriate audiences for advancing the HIV Legal Network’s mission and its specific objectives with its activities in the EECA region; initiating and maintaining contact with the media and arranging interviews and news conferences in the EECA region; and acting as a spokesperson (orally and in writing).
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating communications strategies and programs designed to inform key populations about the HIV Legal Network’s activities in the EECA region.
  • Gathering and preparation of communications materials (e.g. brochures, reports, newsletters, talking points, briefing notes, info sheets, briefs, presentations, speeches, media releases, etc.) to support and demonstrate the impact of the HIV Legal Network’s advocacy activities in the EECA region, to internal and external audiences.
  • Conducting key informant interviews to identify the concerns of key populations served by the HIV Legal Network.
  • Collaborating with the HIV Legal Network’s partners in joint external communications activities, including media relations and advocacy campaigns, as relevant to the EECA region.
  • Writing and editing content, in Russian and English, for publication on the HIV Legal Network’s (and/or partners’) digital platforms (e.g. website, social media, e-newsletters), including managing the Legal Network’s social media feeds in Russian.
  • Support and collaborate with the HIV Legal Network’s Communications team and Senior Policy Analyst in generating dynamic, high-impact and differentiated content raising awareness of the organization’s work and advancing its advocacy objectives.
  • Manage projects providing information support for partners’ activities in EECA region, with a particular focus on activities for the promotion and protection of human rights of people living with HIV and people vulnerable to HIV.
  • Develop and organize workshops, meetings, and other events for publicity, fundraising, and information purposes related to the HIV Legal Network’s work in EECA.
  • Prepare communications and development materials and carry out other activities aimed at securing ongoing funds to support the HIV Legal Network’s work in EECA.

Competencies

  • Ability to work both in a team and independently, carrying out tasks in a timely and organized manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with a variety of audiences (civil society, experts, donors, government representatives, etc.), as well as with colleagues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in both English and Russian.
  • Strong knowledge of web-based knowledge management systems and social media platforms.
  • Ability to be strategic and analytical.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks by identifying priority activities and assignments and to use time efficiently.
  • Track record in creating relevant content for key populations affected by the HIV epidemic and by human rights abuses.
  • Ability to travel, including internationally, on a flexible schedule as needed.

Core values

  • Respect for diversity and comfort working with diverse communities, including key populations affected by HIV and human rights abuses.
  • Professionalism and a commitment to high-quality work.
  • A clear understanding of, and commitment to, the protection and promotion of human rights and to the mission and values the HIV Legal Network.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education and certification

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, advertising, public relations or relevant field is required. 

Experience

  • First-hand experience of working with key affected populations in the EECA region in a communications capacity.
  • At least two years of professional work experience at the regional and/or international level in public relations, communications, fundraising, or advocacy.
  • Previous work experience in the non-profit sector would be a strong asset, as would experience with fundraising.
  • Experience with the use of social media.
  • Experience in using different web content management systems (e.g. WordPress, NationBuilder).
  • Experience in developing content for a range of communications products (print and digital) and for different target audiences in multiple languages.
  • Knowledge of human rights issues, particularly those related to drug policy and people who use drugs, as well as other key populations affected by HIV, is highly desirable.

Language requirements

  • Given the nature and purpose of the position, fluency in both English and Russian is essential. The main working language of the HIV Legal Network is English, but its work in EECA is conducted primarily in Russian. This position will play a key role in raising the awareness of this work with the target audiences in both Russian and English.
  • Working knowledge of another EECA-region language is an asset.

Salary and benefits

The gross annual salary for this role is $56,875/year, $31.25 per hour. Employer-paid benefits are composed of Insurance benefits (life, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, health, and dental benefits); 15 days of vacation in year one and 20 days in year two of employment; four personal days a year and 15 sick days.

The HIV Legal Network offers a collegial, flexible working environment.

 Desired start date

We have flexibility and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

 Application process

Please apply by e-mailing a cover letter, your resume, and a brief and relevant writing sample (that has not been edited by another person) to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We thank all applicants for their interest but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups, including people living with HIV, people who use(d) drugs, sex workers, Indigenous People, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities, are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their application. Lived experience of people from communities affected by HIV and AIDS is an asset.

For further information on this position please contact:

Terry James Gould,

Program Support Manager

600-1240 Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2A7

Tel:  +1.416.595.1666 ext. 223

Email: info@hivlegalnetwork.ca

Considering the current remote work environment email inquires are preferred and will be answered promptly.

 


Volunteer opportunities

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Legal Network is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS.

Before applying

Think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  • When am I available (e.g., during daytime hours, during the week, or only evenings and weekends)?
  • How much time can I volunteer?
  • Do I want to work in or out of the office?
  • What skills can I offer? (Identify 2 or 3 skills, which could include experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.)
  • What do I want to gain from this experience? (Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you let us know what you’re looking for; e.g., experience to add to your resumé, a way to support a worthy cause, social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations.)

Available opportunities

  • Advocacy Campaign — Gathering and updating information on members of Parliament or members of a provincial/territorial legislature or municipal government; contacting people by phone or e-mail; writing advocacy material; developing web content, including video and text; programming and designing for websites.
  • Office Assistance — Greeting people at reception; answering phone calls and helping respond to e-mails; supporting mailings; assisting at events.
  • Policy Research — Performing research; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.

Applying

To submit your application for a volunteer position, please e-mail your resumé and the answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager, at tgould [at] hivlegalnetwork.ca.