Writer, Political Action and Communications

Bulletin No. 2022-10
Political Action and Communications
Ottawa, Ontario

Internal Deadline: June 30, 2022
External Deadline: July 6, 2022

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions, provincial and territorial federations of labour and community-based labour councils to represent more than 3 million workers across the country.

Our staff are a team of dynamic professionals dedicated to growing worker power and ensuring every working person has a voice on the job. When you work at the CLC, you’re more than just an individual employee — you’re helping to lead a movement.

The CLC has a vacancy for the position of Writer, in the Political Action and Communications department. This is a challenging position helping to advance the work of a national organization making gains for social and economic justice.

This opportunity will appeal to a dynamic communicator eager to work in a fast-paced workplace where they can add expertise to a robust campaigns and communications team. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience crafting content for progressive public engagement.

This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario; however, due to COVID‑19, this work will be performed via a combination of working remotely and accessing the office on a pre-scheduled and rotational basis, as required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advancing the political and organizational objectives of the CLC, while promoting awareness and building support for Canada’s labour movement by producing rich, engaging content;
  • Crafting social and media content and creating content for email and outreach campaigns;
  • Writing public statements, opinion pieces and articles;
  • Developing messaging and speaking notes for CLC spokespeople;
  • Collaborating with the broader Political Action and Communications team to conceptualize and write campaign materials such as flyers, letters, fact sheets, and engagement scripts;
  • Working with regional staff to ensure materials produced satisfy the needs of ground organizers;
  • Drafting, maintaining, and updating research documents for use by the CLC, as the basis of many different facets of member and external communications;
  • Tracking and maintaining effective messaging practices for statements, actions, and other engagement documents;
  • Writing various summaries and briefings, and ensuring pertinent information is included;
  • Interacting with affiliated unions to broaden support for Canada’s labour movement and amplify shared messages; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Completed post-secondary education in communications, journalism, political science, public relations, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in crafting written content for public relations work;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to work and communicate with internal staff, CLC elected leaders, stakeholders and affiliated unions;
  • Demonstrated superior writing and messaging skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust tone and arguments for a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to assess political issues and identify relevant information;
  • Ability to think strategically and independently;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks with conflicting duties and timelines, envision deliverables, and balance workflow to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to anticipate problems and respond with solutions;
  • Sound knowledge of federal issues and the Canadian labour movement;
  • Ability to apply an equity and human rights lens to all aspects of work;
  • Experience working on targeted ad buys in radio, television, print, online and social media is an asset;
  • Experience working in the labour movement is an asset; and
  • Ability to work in both English and French (written and oral) is an asset.

The annual starting salary for this position is $92,986.51, plus benefits under the collective agreement of the IAMAW, Local Lodge 3111 CULR. This includes generous health, vision, and dental benefits, group life insurance and LTD coverage, pension, as well as a monthly vehicle allowance and additional monetary coverage for fuel, internet, and cell phone.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing how your qualifications match the above requirements and two writing samples of work you created for web, social or newsprint media to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, via email: hr@clcctc.ca by June 30, 2022, for internal candidates and July 6, 2022, for external candidates. Please quote Bulletin 2022-10 in your application.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply for this position.