Date Posted: Jan 11, 2017
Application Deadline: Jan 18, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Full-time
Career Level:

Organization Description

Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a charitable, not for profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

Job Description

TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers in our home TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Our aim is to become a creative community and global leader, and one of the world’s premiere organizations in the discovery and understanding of film.

TIFF, a vibrant not-for-profit arts organization, is hiring for the position of:


TIFF is seeking a Communications Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating the research, planning and activation pertaining to media coverage and developing and managing relationships that help TIFF secure earned media through unique stories that highlight our mission and our year-round programming and initiatives. Working alongside content and marketing departments, the communications coordinator will synthesize data, prepare pitch material, initiate outreach and will support partnerships and relationships that help TIFF generate in-kind revenue and opportunities to amplify original content that marries with TIFF’s mission of transforming the way people see the world through film. Creative thinking and a collaborative attitude are key character traits of the person who will take on this role.


  • Develop and support news/media relations activities and proactive campaigns
  • Stay on-top of social media trends and storytelling tactics
  • Develop relationships with media and influencers
  • Act as liaison to validate how brand voice and visual story is communicated across channels; ensuring consistency and factual data
  • Research trends, key audience interests and passion points to inform story angles
  • Generate media monitoring reports as needed - general and specific to activities and PR campaigns
  • Manage budget transactions in centralized budget document
  • Leverage the media, including print, radio, television, online and influencers to reach a wide range of audiences to secure coverage for the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, In Conversation With… , Exhibitions, TIFF Shop, TIFF Cinematheque, Youth Learning: TIFF Kids Festival, digiPlayspace, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, TIFF Learning (Camps, School Programmes), etc
  • Support Communications Manager on crisis management programs and serve as research and reporting support for team
  • Create content as required; written, motion graphics, infographics, etc
  • Gather materials and data for the production of annual reports, performance reports, media industry reporting, etc
  • Supervise and mentor communications assistant and intern(s)



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or a combination of education and experience
  • Minimum two years experience in communications and public relations; preferably in an agency environment working on entertainment clients
  • Fluent in English, oral and written; knowledge of another language a great asset
  • Superior storyteller (both written and verbal) with a clear and concise style
  • Excellent capacity to refine information in order to reveal an insight
  • Ability to work and inspire others to craft simple, clear and inspirational campaign ideas and media engagement plans
  • Exposure to technological, cultural and media trend forecasting and best practices
  • Deep knowledge of cultural and human trends
  • Strong contributor to the creative development process
  • Strong positive attitude and ability to quickly build tight-knit relationships
  • You are able to work within a dynamic environment and balance multiple priorities
  • Collaborative with the ability to build on ideas
  • Highly motivated, adaptable and open
  • Proficiency in Office Suite, Google Docs. Knowledge of Slack messaging platform, Trello and MailChimp an advantage
  • Experience working with media intelligence and monitoring platforms; knowledge of Meltwater an asset
  • Curiousity, passion and knowledge of the film and entertainment industries

Ability to work flexible hours as required, including some evenings and weekends

How to Apply:


  • Please submit cover letter, resumé and the names and phone numbers of 3 references as one (1) PDF or Word document, by 5pm on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017.
  • All applications must be submitted online through the posting found on our website
  • Please note in your cover letter where you saw this job posting.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.

TIFF is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities and will work with applicants to meet their needs. TIFF is an equal opportunity employer.

TIFF is a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film.  Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

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