Communications Coordinator


The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) is a not-for-profit association that provides advocacy and professional development services to its members. alPHa’s members are the 34 public health units in Ontario. The member health units are represented by the members of Boards of Health, medical officers of health and associate medical officers of health, as well as senior managers in seven affiliate associations representing major occupational groups working in public health in Ontario. The Communications Coordinator provides support for the communication services of the Association and its members, and to the Board of Directors and its working groups. 



This position reports directly to and is under the direction of the Executive Director. 




  • Effectively implement the Strategic Plan’s Communications and Government Relations Strategy.


Internal (i.e. communications with membership)

  • Write and edit copy monthly newsletter, website, events, and member communications.
  • Write and edit copy and content to advance communications strategy.
  • Implement a digital media plan (TBD) and manage social media channels.
  • Support communication needs of the Board, Committees and Working Groups.
  • Ongoing innovation and improvement of communications. 


External (i.e. communications with those outside membership)

  • Manage and develop communications content, including research and key outreach initiatives.
  • Generate cross-channel content (letters to the editor, fact sheet, infographics etc.).
  • Facilitate government relations activities.
  • Ongoing innovation and improvement of communications. 


alPHa Committees

  • Support the communications needs of the alPHa Board, Committees and ad hoc working groups which may include keeping records of committee activities and decisions.


Association Web Site, Database, and Member Lists

  • Maintain content to keep the website, database, member lists and other contact information that is used for communication purposes.


Other Responsibilities

  • Represent alPHa through the maintenance of positive relationships with alPHa members.



  • University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in the fields of communications, journalism, public relations, or related field.
  • Knowledge of communications principles and techniques.  
  • Experience with project management. 
  • Minimum of five years of relevant communications experience in a not-for-profit, academic, university or comparable environment, particularly supporting a board, committees or working groups.
  • Experience implementing Strategic Plans and Communications Strategies in a not-for-profit, academic, university or comparable technical environment. 
  • Experience acting as a subject matter expert on content creation, visual layout and brand identity and messaging is an asset.
  • Experience in public policy, advocacy, public health and/or working in a political environment is an asset. 
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to concisely summarize information and write for various formats and channels.
  • In-depth knowledge and significant experience managing websites and social media channels, including building active engagement, maintaining a consistent voice, and expanding reach. Familiarity with social media channels and content distribution strategies, including (but not limited to) Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. 
  • Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment and deal with competing priorities. 
  • Must be an enthusiastic and energetic team player who works collaboratively, and diplomatically in a complex multi-stakeholder environment.



  • Position will remain open until it is filled.