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Sunnybrook Foundation

Communications Officer

Posted On: August 17, 2022
Closing On: September 21, 2022

Location: Hybrid work model. When in office, on site next to the hospital in the Veteran’s Centre, located at: 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5
Effective: October 2022
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $65,000-$90,000

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Position Overview

Organization: Sunnybrook Foundation

Title: Communications Officer

Reports to: Senior Manager, Communications

Location: Hybrid work model. When in office, on site next to the hospital in the Veteran’s Centre, located at: 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5

Is this you?

You would humbly describe yourself as an exceptionally detailed writer and storyteller. You have experience providing timely content and ideally have written philanthropic proposal content. You are a versatile writer and can craft anything from articles to reports quickly and accurately.

You have worked within ambiguous environments, and this is what energizes you! You are flexible and have the insight and maturity to ask appropriate questions with the aim of teasing out the right information. You are comfortable interviewing numerous stakeholders and would easily adjust your style based on who you are talking to.

You have health reporting and/or editorial experience and ideally understand the health care field and associated medical language. If you don’t have this experience, you find yourself naturally curious toward the work and breakthroughs happening within the medical community. Perhaps COVID has sparked your deep appreciation for our health care heroes, and you’d be honoured to use your skills to aid in raising much needed funds to support one of Toronto’s best health care institutions.

You are resilient, creative, and not afraid of a challenge. You thrive in an environment where teamwork is paramount, and collaboration is expected. To that end, you welcome editing and revisions to your work.

You possess a high emotional intelligence and are team oriented. Your peers would say you are a consummate professional and you are trustworthy with sensitive information.

You would be excited to be part of a foundation that is raising much needed funds to support priority areas of a leading Toronto Hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, with a vision to invent the future of health care. Does this sound like you? Read on…

The Organization

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is inventing the future of health care with a focus on trauma, cardiac care, stroke, cancer, and high-risk pregnancy and newborns. Sunnybrook treats the most critically ill patients in Ontario, pioneering life-saving innovations that are changing patient outcomes around the world.

Philanthropy plays a critical role in every discovery, innovation and moment where Sunnybrook provides high-quality care when it matters most.

Sunnybrook Foundation inspires lasting support for Sunnybrook. Together with their donor community, Sunnybrook Foundation raises critical funds for Sunnybrook’s world-class academic health sciences centre to achieve their shared vision to invent the future of health care. Sunnybrook Foundation is committed to leading with their values and developing a model of shared leadership that will support their plans for ambitious growth.

Located within Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Bayview Avenue in Toronto, the Foundation consists of more than 80 professionals and support staff who work in close partnership with their Hospital colleagues. With ambitious goals ahead, the Foundation is committed to continuing to grow their results and impact as they help Sunnybrook to raise sights, uncover new possibilities, develop talent, and deliver exceptional care.

Last year, thanks to the commitment of their dedicated volunteers, donors, and staff, they raised more than $72 million to support Sunnybrook’s priorities and they are also fortunate to have an endowment fund of more than $90 million that helps to support Sunnybrook’s mission.

The Position

The Communications Officer will play a key role in the fundraising effort at Sunnybrook Foundation. You will join a team of skilled writers who craft language to spark connections and build relationships between Sunnybrook and those with a desire to give.

Adept at writing a range of communications materials, the successful candidate is a passionate storyteller who is as comfortable writing custom proposals, stewardship reports and speaking notes as they are brand marketing materials.

Alongside a team of Communications Officers, you will be assigned a portfolio of hospital programs and are expected to become a content expert in your program area by building relationships with medical staff; staying informed on priorities; and keeping the Foundation’s key messaging and overview documents current.

Our successful candidate will write and edit proposals, as well as simplify complex medical concepts into easily understood descriptions that show impact and encourage donor engagement. You’ll ideally have experience working with InDesign and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Experience with grant submissions and related advancement materials will be considered an asset.

The Ideal Candidate

This role is ideal for a skilled writer who possesses strong problem-solving skills, analytical ability, political navigation instincts and deep professionalism. Hospital foundation experience will be considered an asset, though passion for health care alongside intellectual curiosity is a must.

Our successful candidate will be an emotionally mature, self-motivated professional with presence, exceptional writing ability and a strong work ethic. They will understand the importance of strong relationship building and will bring a positive energy with a ‘can do attitude’ alongside strong interviewing and research skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Understand the Sunnybrook brand, the strategic direction of the Hospital priorities
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization and all priority projects and programs within assigned Hospital portfolio(s)
  • Interview specialists, research, compile and write proposals, stewardship reports and other donor communications content
  • Write and/or edit presentations, meeting materials and event collateral materials including program copy and speaking notes
  • Write and/or edit stories for Foundation publications, such as the annual Donor Impact Report and e-newsletter, including interviewing patients and donors
  • Use Adobe InDesign for layout of donor communications within existing templates, including proposals and stewardship reports
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested

Skills and abilities required:

  • Effective time manager with the proven ability to manage multiple projects over varying timelines, demonstrating excellence in prioritization and problem-solving
  • Ability to maintain a positive, flexible and responsive attitude, professional image and team-oriented style
  • Intellectual curiosity – possess an innate desire to learn and teach
  • Persuasive and creative – able to visualize the coming together of images, graphics and printed work to craft a compelling story
  • Invested – willing to work hard until the job is done
  • Collaborative – open to receiving feedback and edits from various stakeholders
  • Interviewing skills – able to extract meaningful and relevant information
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems
  • Work comfortably in a highly collaborative environment; manage competing interests and strong personalities

Role Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or related major
  • Strong interviewing and research skills with ability to summarize comprehensive medical/technical information into clear, concise communications
  • Excellent expository writing skills and a strong command of grammar, punctuation and syntax
  • Proficient in writing and editing a range of communications with emphasis on proposals, technical reports, briefing documents, presentations and speaking notes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent organizational skills: ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments at once
  • Accustomed to working collaboratively in a multi-stakeholder culture
  • Proficient in MS Office including Word, PowerPoint
  • Layout capability in Adobe InDesign would be considered an asset

Application Instructions

Sunnybrook Foundation hires based on merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. Sunnybrook Foundation especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with one of the most well known and highly respected hospital foundations in Canada, then what are you waiting for? Apply now! Please include a cover letter, CV and 2-3 relevant writing samples addressed to Lindsay Preston at The posting closes on September 21, 2022.

Compensation for this role is between $65,000 to $90,000 plus additional benefits.

Please note only qualified respondents will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.