Job posting: Bilingual Health Promotion Communications Specialist

Healthy Start / Départ Santé Project Background:

Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS) is a provincial and bilingual early years health promotion initiative, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Community Initiative Fund.  Healthy Start / Départ Santé’s increases opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in early learning and childcare settings and is delivered in French and in English throughout Saskatchewan. The initiative has also expanded in New Brunswick.


We are seeking a bilingual, energetic and self-motivated Health Promotion Communications Coordinator to advance the Healthy Start / Départ Santé knowledge transfer, communication strategies and to disseminate the results of the evaluation project.

Sponsor Organisation / Project Lead: Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS)  – provincial francophone NGO, network for health services in French

Status:  New position, 1 year with possibility of extension for 2 years.

Salary Information: The salary range is 40 000$ to 42 900$ per annum.   The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Location of work: In an office setting at the RSFS in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Primary Purpose: The Communications Specialist will provide leadership and support for the development, implementation and evaluation of communication strategies that support the project’s strategic objectives.  The communications specialist contributes to the HSDS objectives by communicating project highlights, activities and successes to internal and external stakeholders locally, nationally, internationally as well as to the general public.

Nature of Work: The specialist works closely and collaboratively with all members of the HSDS team, including team members in New Brunswick, advisory groups and the HSDS evaluation team.


Reporting to the Project Manager and accountable to the RSFS, the successful candidate is required to perform the following in both official languages:

  • Lead the on-going development of the project’s Communications Plan, targeting diverse populations, namely – the Francophone community, aboriginal, new Canadians, and early childhood stakeholders;
  • Responsible for development and implementation of the communication plan, research, writing, design and production;
  • Conceptualize, write and develop communication materials including newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, social media and key messages;
  • Collaborate with freelance writers, graphic designers and photographers/videographers and other communicators to produce communications products that are integrated and aligned with the HSDS branding, messages, and philosophy;
  • Disseminate the results of the project’s evaluation;
  • Lead ongoing communications / dissemination of impact stories in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick through various channels, as well as edit and contribute to annual reports to HSDS funders;
  • Manage content development and updates of the project websites (English and French), including writing for monthly HSDS news blog;
  • Plan and produce coordinated communications for HSDS promotion events, including marketing materials, media releases and key messages; provide professional guidance and support on speaking notes;
  • Facilitate communications between the various the partners and working groups (internal and external) of the Healthy Start project.
  • All other related duties as assigned by the Project Manager


Education/Experience: Three to five years of directly related progressive experience in communications.  Experience and success in developing, implementing and evaluating effective communication strategies using a variety of mediums and channels. Experience conceptualizing the development of marketing initiatives and design.  Bachelor’s degree in Communications, experience in in knowledge translation / transfer; Education, or Business/Commerce (marketing). Past experience in project coordination and an understanding of cultural and diverse communities.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be perfectly bilingual (oral and written French and English);
  • Highly motivated, self-managing, organized and detail-oriented;
  • Strong community ethic with the ability to work independently, collaboratively and within a team setting;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and ethics including diplomacy, tact and professionalism;
  • Demonstrated experience in the dissemination and knowledge transfer of research evaluation;
  • Exceptional written communication skills demonstrated in a variety of online and print mediums in French and in English;
  • Creative and flexible as well as having working knowledge of Internet and computer tools an asset. (MS Office, Website management, blogging experience, graphic design).
  • Preference given to a resourceful candidate with experience in community development.

Appplication Procedures:

  • Please apply no later than May 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Please submit a current resume and cover letter
  • Applications can be sent to the attention of Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie, Program Manager, by email to, with “HSDS Health Promotions Communications Specialist” in the subject line.
  • For more information on this project, please refer to our website

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those who fit the criteria and requirements will be contacted for an interview.

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