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Are you a talented storyteller and community connector?

CHIL is hiring a Communications & Engagement Lead that will help connect Indigenous community members with relevant programs, services, and resources.

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Deadline to Submit: November 15th, 2021

Anticipated Start Date: November 29th, 2021

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications & Engagement Lead is responsible for coordinating strategic communications on behalf of the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership (CHIL).  The Communications & Engagement Lead will nurture strong relationships with the Indigenous community by developing and coordinating CHIL's community and online presence through traditional and digital communications.  Working closely with a graphic designer, the Communications & Engagement Lead will re-design and re-invigorate the CHIL website.

Responsibilities of the Communications & Engagement Lead include:

1. Manage Complex Strategies

  • Lead the development of CHIL's communication strategy

  • Strengthen CHIL's online presence by re-designing the CHIL website (alongside a web developer) and creating CHIL's social media channels

  • Ensure accurate and comprehensive digital and traditional content to engage and inform the Indigenous community of Hamilton

  • Lead Development of CHIL public and internal content, including newsletters, press releases, posters, presentations, etc.

2. Community Engagement & Relations

  • Support the development and nurturing of relationships with local Indigenous groups, organizations, and agencies

  • Be the direct contact for all media related inquires and facilitate interviews/follow up with the appropriate spokesperson(s)

  • Support CHIL with the organization and execution of community gatherings (virtual and in-person) to engage the Indigenous community of Hamilton as well as partners in the work of CHIL

  • Regularly review community engagement platforms (online and in-person) to respond to comments and requests by community members in a manner that reflects the values of CHIL

  • Attend relevant community gatherings (in-person and virtual) to build relationships, share information, and identify future opportunities for CHIL to support the Indigenous Community of Hamilton

3. Strategic Communications - Advice and Support

  • Work closely with CHIL staff to develop a social media calendar promoting relevant Indigenous programs, services, resources, and community events/initiatives

  • Monitor and analyze emerging trends at the local and national scale

  • Advise and manage CHIL's response to issues relevant to the Indigenous community of Hamilton

  • Develop proactive communications that support the values and mission of CHIL

4. Measurement

  • Monitor effectiveness of communication and engagement strategies

  • Report and advise on the effectiveness of communications and engagement strategies through tracked measurements and targets

5. Other

  • Other communications and engagement-related duties as required

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Qualifications & Skills

Qualifications & Experience

  • Degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field

  • Minimum of 2 years working for an Indigenous agency or Indigenous-focused initiative

  • Minimum of 2 years working in public relations or communications


  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy with diverse groups

  • Collaborative team player who has the capacity to work with staff, community partners, and community members in a cooperative and supportive manner

  • Demonstrated ability to develop clear, accurate, and engaging content (visual and written) targeted to different audiences

  • Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively

  • Possess a high level of accountability and proven capability to identify opportunities, take initiative and plan accordingly

  • Experience supervising staff and managing outside vendors/contractors

  • Demonstrated advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe products and other creative software

  • Demonstrated awareness of local First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures and communications needs

  • Experience and understanding of working with various levels of government

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, CHIL values, mission, and vision

About CHIL

CHIL is a collaborative of Indigenous organizational leaders, founded on respect and wisdom.  Our primary focus is on addressing Indigenous housing and homelessness issues in the city of Hamilton.  We respond to the needs of the Indigenous community of Hamilton by supporting our member agencies, including the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, De dwa da dehs nye>s, Sacajawea Non-Profit Homes, Native Women’s Centre, Niagara Peninsula Area Aboriginal Management Board and Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services Inc.

Our vision  is a vibrant, health, inclusive, and culturally safe community.

Our mission is to decrease barriers and increase equitable access to services and opportunities for Indigenous community members of Hamilton.

Our values are informed by the Seven Grandfather Teachings as we strive to live and work with Ka’nikonhrí:yo (the Haudenosaunee concept of “The Good Mind”).

This Opportunity

CHIL is committed to advancing the capacity of the Indigenous community of Hamilton.  Each CHIL role is designed to provide team members with meaningful experiences and tangible results that help to develop individual and collective gifts.

If you are seeking a particular skill or experience to add to your resume/portfolio through this opportunity, let us know so we can make sure this experience helps you to step strongly into the next phase of your journey – personally and professionally.

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Job Type:

Full-time - contract (March 2022), with potential 2-year extension


Hamilton, Ontario - hybrid (50% remote work, if desired)


35 hours per week; Flexible working days with occasional evening and weekend activities


$35.00 - $45.00 per hour, commensurate with experience

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How to Apply

Please email your application (resume and cover letter) quoting “Communications & Engagement Lead” in the subject line to

Preference will be given to qualified Indigenous candidates in accordance with Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act and Section 7 of the Employment Equity Act. 

First Nations, Inuit and Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

We appreciate all applications; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

CHIL is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices.  If you require accommodations to fully participate in our application and hiring process, please contact CHIL Administrative Assistant at or (289) 808 - 9423

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