Communications Director

The basics: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, your job is to make sure that the work done by Young London is communicated effectively to the community. Young London is host to a variety of programs for young people to engage in different levels of community and municipal decision making, including: 

  • the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC)
  • Youth in Philanthropy
  • Young Leaders, and
  • other small projects as initiated by the organization, and our base of program participants


The work done in these programs and projects has to be shared effectively with others in order to maximize their community impact. You will do some of this work yourself, while supporting the program participants and communications volunteers to continue to do so past the end of this contract.

This role is funded by Canada Summer Jobs*. It is 30 hours per week for about six weeks, with an hourly wage of $15. The start date will be determined with the successful candidate. This job is well suited for communications, marketing, and business students, although anyone with an interest in politics, asset-based community development and some experience in the work described below is encouraged to apply.  


Where do I do my work?

Young London is based out of Innovation Works at 201 King Street, London Ontario. This is where we typically host meetings and events for our programs. With current recommendations around physical distancing, staff are working remotely and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, an ideal candidate for this job will live in or be very familiar with London, Ontario due to the nature of our work. 


What do I do?

  • Work with the Executive Director and Young London’s board of directors to develop a communications strategy so we can broaden our reach to engage more young people, community members and decision makers
  • Support the development of marketing materials (e.g. social media posts, logos, blog posts, etc)
  • Attend program meetings & events (these will likely be online)
  • Provide advice and support for communicating with constituents of the LYAC
  • Communicate reports, research briefs, and program activities to the London community
  • Support the recruitment and development of a volunteer communications team
  • Work with volunteer communications team to execute the communications strategy and support them in their work


Most of your ‘training’ for this role will involve practicing, and discussing your role. We want you to make the role your own and to feel like you have the power to make decisions about how to create an atmosphere for deep conversation about equitable involvement of young people, both internally and externally of our organization. We’ll do our best to provide constructive feedback and any formal training that we think that you need, but make sure to tell us if you’re feeling lost or uncomfortable. 


We think that this is a great opportunity because you may:

  • Become informed about what is happening in London, Ontario and Canada
  • Gain experience in leadership and volunteer management
  • Learn how to build relationships and manage projects in a way that makes a real impact
  • Meet young people from across the City of London
  • Get invites to London community building events
  • Can use the role as a way to develop whatever skills you want to develop 


If this job sounds like a good fit for you, please complete the application form here and send your resume and portfolio (or work samples) to jayme@younglondon.ca. Include the job title in the subject line. Young London is an equal opportunity employer. We look forward to hearing from you!

* Please note that as a Canada Summer Jobs funded position, applicants must be ages 15-30 and either a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident. International students are not eligible at this time.


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