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Editor/Project Coordinator, Communications Unit

The United Church of Canada Published: November 12, 2020
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The Communications Unit of The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the role of Editor/Project Coordinator, on a full-time (35 hours/week) permanent basis.

The General Council Office supports the mission and ministry of the communities of faith and regional councils.  It is the denominational expression of The United Church of Canada, working ecumenically and in global partnership.

The Communications Unit works in close collaboration with other units in the General Council Office to present the public face of The United Church of Canada through the communications channels it manages and United Church Publishing House. Communications includes, building and maintaining the main United Church website (united-church.ca) and several other specialized websites, video production, public relations, news releases, social media, intranet, internal/external communiqués, book publishing, book/resource sales through an e-commerce site (ucrdstore.ca), supporting online meetings and continuing education (United in Learning) and managing all the production of program materials to the general public and the church at large.

Within this context the Editor/Project Coordinator works as a member of the Creative Services team in the Communications Unit.  They manage print and digital projects for the General Council Office through all stages from planning through editing and proofreading to final signoff, ensuring deadlines are met. They act as the primary liaison between units and Creative Services, updating Marketing, Web, Webinars, the French Resource Coordinator, Social Media, Video, and UCRD staff as needed.

The Editor/Project Coordinator makes recommendations on format, design, and content of resources and communiques to unit staff and to Communications staff. They work with writers/subject matter experts who are mainly in-house staff, not professional writers/communicators and freelance editors. They write content for e-newsletters, marketing materials, and social media, arrange for French translations, and post updates on United Church websites. They format and tag Word files to adhere to accessibility standards and formats, reformat documents info presentable forms, handbooks, and other materials and ensure mailing plans are clear and accurate.

Qualifications  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Post-secondary education in a related field, together with a minimum of 3-5 years’ related experience; Editors Canada professional certification is an asset
  • Excellent editing, proofreading, and writing skills and a sharp eye for detail
  • Superior project and time management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple projects that may each have several components. Working with competing deadlines
  • Advanced Microsoft Word skills, including editing on screen, using styles/tags, advanced formatting (creating tables, inserting headers/footers, creating auto-generated tables of contents, etc.) are required
  • Superior problem-solving skills, including being able to see connections among broad areas to identify overlaps or gaps in resource plans
  • Experience coordinating digital communications, design/graphic arts, printing processes
  • Experience writing and posting Web content in a content management system (CMS) is required
  • Experience using Adobe Acrobat Pro to create PDFs and insert metadata (document properties) and bookmarks is an asset
  • Experience in SharePoint is an asset
  • Experience and training in AODA compliance for communications projects is an asset
  • French language skills together with knowledge of the organization, work, and mission of The United Church of Canada are considered assets.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with us, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.

Working Conditions  This position works from the General Council Office located in Toronto, Ontario in an open area concept office under normal working conditions. They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use a laptop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting as we do our annual inventory of books in our small walk-in bookstore.  Attendance at occasional evening and weekend events and meetings may be required.  Occasional overtime may be required. Currently due to COVID-19 employees are working both from the office at times and remotely from their homes on secure devices, and are available by email and phone during regular hours Monday to Friday. 

Compensation  Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the salary range of $50,204 - $66,938. Pension and group benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out this compensation package.

How to Apply  Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting job number 20-40 to Human Resources, e-mail: careers@united-church.ca