Assistant Consultant, Health

Public affairs Toronto, Ontario


Position at H+K Canada

We are a dynamic team with a well-established but fast-growing practice. We are looking for someone who will bring a great attitude, energy and talent to support our clients at a critical and fascinating time for Canadian health care. 

As an Assistant Consultant, you will track emerging policy, political and media developments in Ontario and Canadian health care, help draft messaging and materials for our clients, identify key decision-makers and stakeholders for engagement, research policy to support client advocacy, and assist with integrated communications and public affairs campaigns. While the focus will be on government and stakeholder engagement, there will also be opportunities to support communications work, research, thought leadership and related activities. 

Here's what you’d be doing: 

  • Supporting integrated public affairs, communications and digital advocacy plans that help set the agenda for health care, drive public opinion and prompt government action
  • Proactively monitoring and reporting on government activities and health system developments – evolving traditional and social media, policy, political, legislative and regulatory landscapes
  • Helping to project manage public affairs and communications campaigns in support of clients’ objectives, including tracking and reporting on client activities and results
  • Undertaking specific research activities in support of broader strategies and plans
  • Preparing written materials including briefing notes, stakeholder maps, government submissions and leave-behinds, research reports and policy papers, agendas and activity reports, and presentations, all tailored to different audiences and platforms
  • Coordinating arrangements for client engagement with government and stakeholders, including virtual and in-person (once safe) events and meetings, representing clients where appropriate
  • Building entrepreneurial skills by participating in new business development and pitches
  • Fostering relationships and building trust with colleagues, clients, government and stakeholders 

What’s in it for you? 

  • Full health benefits package—including healthy paid time off, schedule flexibility, fitness reimbursement, and more
  • A career working with and influencing bold, creative teams and client accounts
  • A passionate, smart, fun, and creative office culture
  • Joining a close-knit team of health policy, politics and communications experts while also getting to work with creative, research, communications, public affairs, behavioural science and other professionals across Canada and around the world
  • Strong leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking, training and mentoring to help you grow, expand your skills and become your professional best 

What you’ll need to get here: 

  • A minimum of 1 to 2 years’ experience in a public affairs, communications, government or political role – with experience at Queen’s Park or in health care considered an asset
  • An undergraduate degree
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • A passion for politics, policy, or health care – and preferably all three
  • A strong grasp of public policy issues, factors that influence government decision-making, the structure of government, and policy-making, legislative and regulatory processes – that’s at the core of public affairs
  • The ability to read between the lines of the news to identify developments that impact clients
  • A good understanding of the health policy and stakeholder landscape is an asset
  • Creative thinking, problem-solving and initiative, to help shape client strategy and respond to challenges as they arise
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, to help unpack complex content
  • Superior project and time management skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize, to help keep projects on track even as obstacles arise
  • The ability to manage and track diverse client needs across different client teams – with grace, including adaptability to different demands and personalities
  • Curiosity, passion, and a keen interest to grow your skills, knowledge and network

Currently all H+K employees are working remote until our offices re-open  Hill+Knowlton Strategies is dedicated to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. If you require any accommodation needs during the recruitment process, please reach out to us. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.