Communications Specialist, Standards - Toronto
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) represents the Canadian accounting profession nationally and internationally. Operating in the highly complex and global accounting eco-system, CPA Canada is a convener, facilitator, contributor and disseminator of information that advances the profession. The organization works closely with the provincial, territorial and Bermudan CPA bodies to champion best practices that benefit business and society. With more than 220,000 members, CPA Canada is one of the world's largest national accounting bodies. The organization supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards, advocates for economic and social development in the public interest, and develops leading-edge thought leadership, research, guidance and educational programs.


Canada’s Standard-setting Boards and Oversight Councils

Canada’s financial reporting and assurance standards boards and oversight councils comprise the Accounting Standards Oversight CouncilAccounting Standards BoardPublic Sector Accounting BoardAuditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council, and Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

  • The boards establish and maintain standards on accounting and auditing to serve the public interest.
  • The oversight councils appoint board members and oversee and provide input into the boards’ activities, ensuring that the process for setting standards functions as it should.

Members of the boards and oversight councils are mainly volunteers and represent a wide range of individuals with various backgrounds from both the private and public sectors, such as financial statement preparers and users, auditors, academics and regulators.

  • The diverse makeup of the boards and oversight councils’ volunteer members ensures that differing viewpoints are considered when developing standards.
  • This enables the boards and oversight councils to serve the public interest through a process free of undue influence from specific professions, organizations and other groups.


About the opportunity

As Communications Specialist in the Standards Group, you will contribute to independent standard-setting in Canada to develop high-quality financial reporting and assurance standards for Canadians. You will leverage your expertise to provide marketing communications support to the Standards Group staff for various communications vehicles and marketing requirements, from web content to event planning/marketing and many other opportunities.


What you'll do

In this role, you will:

  • Editing, drafting content and overseeing the review/approval processes for e-newsletter and email marketing vehicles, print publications/marketing collateral, magazine content, and other vehicles
  • Developing social media content and engaging with stakeholders via social
  • Participate in video and audio production activities (e.g., onsite vendor management during video shoots, posting to YouTube)
  • Event management and marketing
  • Content development for the Standards Group Intranet
  • Responsible for stock image sourcing, booking and coordinating photographers for events
  • Research (e.g., audience identification, identifying new tools/approaches for communication)
  • Assist in overseeing the application of the Standards Group’s branding guidelines
  • Quality assurance review of web content


What we're looking for

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years relevant work experience
  • Completion of a post-secondary degree/diploma in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field or equivalent experience and education
  • Comprehensive understanding of the role of communication principles and practices within an organization
  • Experience developing and implementing communications plans, including various forms of internal and external communications vehicles such as printed materials, social media, video, and digital/web
  • Exceptional research, writing, editing and presentation skills
  • Well-developed technical skills in Microsoft Office products; knowledge of digital and social media communications tools
  • Sound judgement: strong communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills as well as the ability to establish effective work relationships with internal and external stakeholders and colleagues
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills to manage multiple projects and priorities on time and to adapt to changing situations
  • Strategic and creative thinking; ability to motivate and coordinate the efforts of others to accomplish objectives


What it’s like to work here

CPA Canada is a great place to work with a diverse workforce and a commitment to health and wellness for its employees. The organization offers a flexible and balanced environment that allows individuals to maximize professional and personal development. CPA Canada employs over 400 people, with its headquarters in Toronto and regional offices in Burnaby, Ottawa and Montreal. Our technology-enabled culture is designed to attract qualified people and enable them to do their best work. Employee perks include competitive salaries and pension, a comprehensive benefits package, professional development programs, flexible working hours and opportunities to work from home, regular social events and a highly successful employee volunteer program.  CPA Canada is dedicated to continual improvement and building a high-performing, innovative organization that creates value for members and other stakeholders.


Organization values

We create a collaborative and constructive culture by:

 • Acting with Integrity • Fostering Excellence • Respecting Others • Working Collaboratively • Being Accountable 


CPA Canada is committed to cultivating an inclusive, accessible environment where each employee feels respected, valued and supported. All qualified individuals may apply online. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in our recruitment process, please note this in your application. We'll be happy to work with you to meet your needs.