Vice President, Health Communications

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Toronto, Ontario Ottawa, Ontario Montreal, Quebec


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill + Knowlton Strategies is looking for a Vice President specializing in Strategic Communications to join our Health+Wellness team in Toronto, to work on leading multi-national pharmaceutical companies. We are a well-established but fast-growing national health practice, bringing together public relations and public affairs. We are looking for a leader who will bring a great attitude, energy and passion to our strategic communications team. We are looking for a candidate with strong background in pharmaceutical communications, experience working in an agency setting, a passion to coach the next generation of talent, and the ability to lead integrated accounts.

Take your career to the next level with a global network of energized experts, working across a diverse roster of pharmaceutical, health provider, consumer health and non-profit clients. Sensitive to the needs of health professionals, patients, policymakers, and advocates alike, our seasoned specialists have a proven track record of building awareness, changing behaviour, influencing policy decisions and driving business results through integrated campaigns leveraging traditional and digital media channels.

 Hill+Knowlton Strategies is creating a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs.  As a company and as co-workers, we are building a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential.

  What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Leading meaningful campaigns that improve the health and wellness of Canadians, whether it be an unbranded disease awareness campaign, a new product launch or advocating for a policy change
  • Delivering thoughtful insights and persuasive counsel to clients that advance their objectives based on your deep understanding of the health, communications and client landscapes
  • Acting as the lead on our largest accounts, which includes building strong client relationships, orchestrating multiple workstreams and providing coaching to the supporting account teams
  • Managing new business proposals and representing H+K in pitch presentations
  • Contributing creativity, passion and expertise to an entrepreneurial team environment where everyone’s voice is heard, highly valued and rewarded 
  • Mentoring and coaching a collaborative team of smart and enthusiastic PR professionals across the country within a globally influential agency


 What else is in it for you?

  • Competitive benefits package—including healthy paid time off, schedule flexibility, fitness program, and more
  • A career working with and influencing a diverse portfolio of influential clients
  • Strong leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking, training and mentoring to help you grow, expand your skills and become your professional best


  • 10-15 years of PR agency experience or combination of agency + in-house with focus on pharmaceutical communications
  • Experience leading and coaching a team or teams of PR professionals, supporting multinational companies
  • Proven trusted client adviser: an active listener who builds strong partnerships and confidently offers counsel
  • Strategic thinker: understands our clients’ business and communications challenges and develop smart, insight-driven strategies to overcome those challenge
  • Creative spark: brings a fresh perspective to our clients and develops ideas that challenge conventions, while understanding ASC and PAAB requirements
  • Growth mindset: actively seeks opportunities for organic growth; proactively seeks new business leads and has a history of leading and winning pitches
  • Operationally savvy: experience effectively managing multiple client budgets
  • People-centric: committed
  • Collaborative approach to working with a team across different geographies and sectors/services


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Hill+Knowlton Strategies does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin, or ancestry.

The health and wellbeing of our employees is a priority, following public health guidance. H+K is embracing a flexible work model with remote working and purpose-based time in office.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

 With eight offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. Headquartered in Toronto, the company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in the country. Its experts specialize in corporate communications, marketing communications, public affairs, citizen engagement, crisis, energy, technology, health care, content marketing, research and measurement, social and digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Canada Order of Excellence for Quality from Excellence Canada, it has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 11 consecutive years. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 86 offices in more than 47 countries as well as an extensive associate network; and it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.
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