Community Social Development Officer

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Ontario East
Ottawa, Ontario
Job description

Reporting to the Head, Public Affairs this position will assist in the execution of CNIB's national advocacy initiatives.

This is the job for you if:

  • You’re passionate about changing what it is to be blind in Canada today – and you believe it can be done.
  • You’re driven not just to meet expectations, but to exceed them – then set even bigger goals.
  • You’re an outgoing person and a strong communicator. You can forge great relationships with all kinds of people.
  • You’re creative, resourceful, collaborative and solution-oriented. Where others see problems, you see opportunities.
  • You’re flexible and resilient. Change doesn’t intimidate you – it excites you.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in mobilizing CNIB's national advocates and the wider community to support national advocacy initiatives.
  • Develop materials, guides and toolkits to effectively implement national advocacy initiatives for regional and local CNIB advocacy staff.
  • Coordinate public outreach efforts with regional and local CNIB advocacy staff.
  • Provide communication support such as content creation, key messages and social media.
  • Track and organize information pertaining to CNIB stakeholders and target audience.
  • Support CNIB public policy initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with Ontario legislation and regulations.
  • Preferred candidate is an individual who is blind or partially sighted.
  • The ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in advocacy, disability rights and public policy.
  • Knowledge and experience in advocacy.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Mature and responsible.
  • Must be able to work independently.
Application and contact information

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.