Communications Lead

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Dr Peter Centre
July 14, 2022
Vancouver, Canada
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The Dr. Peter Centre is seeking a mission-driven, highly motivated self-starter who is passionate and enthusiastic about social justice issues as a communications lead.

Dr. Peter Jepson-Young was a young, gay Vancouver physician who shifted public views and brought a human face to HIV/AIDS. Shortly before his death in 1992, he established the Dr. Peter Centre with the mission of providing comfort care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, the Dr. Peter Centre manages a day health program, a 24-hour licensed care residence with specialized nursing care, and an enhanced supportive housing program, to provide comprehensive medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use, and homelessness.

Since 2002, the Centre has been internationally recognized as the first health care facility in North America to integrate supervised consumption services into its model of care.

As a member of a small, but mighty development team, the Communications Lead reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for the following:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating the overall communications and marketing strategy for the Dr. Peter Centre. This includes oversee all aspects of internal and external communications, traditional/digital marketing, media and public relations, stakeholder relations, social media management (including content creation) as well as provincial and federal stakeholder relations.
  • Enhance brand awareness for the organization and maintain relevancy around systemic social barriers including HIV/AIDS, mental health conditions, substance use, poverty, homelessness, & discrimination.
  • In collaboration with a variety of internal groups and key stakeholders, including the Centre’s Knowledge Translation & Evaluation (KTE) Team, clinical team, and Day Health team (counsellors and therapists), the successful candidate is responsible for advising and developing content strategy for each of these departments.

Education, qualifications, experience and other qualities:

You bring 3-5+ years of communications experience and thrive in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment where every single day brings something different! You have an undergraduate degree or certificate in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related discipline; or equivalent training and experience.  And equally important, you bring an understanding of issues faced by vulnerable populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, addiction, poverty, homelessness, and/or discrimination.

The ideal candidate shows up with a strong work ethic, is highly motivated, enthusiastic and has the following qualifications:

  • Handles information with sensitivity and confidentiality;
  • Has a meticulous dedication to accuracy and consistency in all writing projects;
  • Demonstrated success building and managing key relationships with partners and stakeholders;
  • Thinks critically and strategically while implementing a number of related tactics;
  • Able to be an effective and compelling story-teller;
  • Manage multiple projects and priorities effectively;
  • Creativity, flexibility and adaptability;
  • Current working knowledge of marketing, communications, and public relations principles;
  • Intermediate web design, social media and graphic design skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication proficiency; and
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues, volunteers and Board members.

How to Apply

View the full job description here. Please send your resume and cover letter to if you are interested in this position.

We thank all interested applicants and will respond only to those applicants who are being considered for an interview.

COVID-19 Restrictions

  • The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is a long-term care facility that is subject to the Single Site Order issued by the Provincial Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All employees working for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

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