Public Relations Volunteer Team Member

Posted: March 06, 2019

Region: Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins

Application deadline: December 31, 2019

The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, has volunteer positions available as part of the Communications Volunteer Team.  Reporting to the Communications Lead Volunteer, the Public Relations Team Member will volunteer to help promote the Canadian Red Cross and its programs and services through engagement with media and developing content.
Responsibilities could include:
  • Act as a spokesperson in times of disaster and/or facilitate local media requests (key messaging provided)
  • Positions the Canadian Red Cross as the charity of choice during fundraising appeals
  • Research, write and edit stories to promote the work of the Canadian Red Cross at the local level
  • Supports the Communications Department with media training
  • Create audio-visual content for use on social media locally and provincially
  • Support promotion of Red Cross activities through social media
  • Proactively pitches story ideas to the media to promote Red Cross services and programs
  • Participates with proactive media pitches locally to garner media coverage for Red Cross in their region
  • Works with Emergency Management department to gather content during appeals or when profiling local Red Cross volunteers
  • Performs other duties, as required 
Education and Experience
  • The minimum qualifications for this position are post-secondary education and a minimum of two years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in marketing, communications or journalism
  • Experience working with media, and existing relationships with local media is considered an asset
Abilities and Skills
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Superior writing and editing skills
  • Proficient use of computer applications (internet and database research skills, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.)
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Neutral and able to adhere to Red Cross Fundamental Principles
  • Willingness to travel within the region 

Working Conditions
  • Volunteer work can primarily be done remotely from home, with occasional time in an office environment for team meetings
  • Must be available on short notice to respond potentially during daytime or evening hours
  • Must have access to a computer  
This position requires a successful Canadian criminal reference check (with vulnerable sector screening). The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested parties may apply online (please include cover page and resume) to
 Canadian Red Cross - Volunteer opportunity
While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.