Account Director, Health Communications

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


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Account Director/Senior Account Director, Health + Wellness

Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K) is looking for an Account Director/Senior Account Director specializing in Communications to join our Health + Wellness team based in Toronto, with flexibility to work in one of our eight offices across Canada.

We are a dynamic public relations team with a well-established but fast-growing national health practice. We are looking for a self-starter who will bring a great attitude, energy and passion to our team. We are looking for a candidate with familiarity in pharmaceutical communications, experience working in an agency setting, a passion for coaching 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 deploy such values to create and offer a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential and be their authentic self.

 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.
  • Acting as the lead on some of our largest accounts, which includes building strong client relationships, orchestrating multiple workstreams and providing coaching to the supporting account teams.
  • Overseeing and providing input into the development of campaign strategy, digital content, media materials and client messaging.
  • Managing new business proposals and representing H+K in pitch presentations.
  • Delivering thoughtful insights and persuasive counsel to clients that advance their objectives based on your deep understanding of the health, communications and client landscapes.
  • Contributing creativity, passion and expertise to an entrepreneurial team environment where everyone’s voice is heard, highly valued and rewarded.
  • Mentoring and working alongside 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 paid time off and extra weekends schedule flexibility, a health + wellness 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.


  • Prior public relations agency/consulting experience and pharmaceutical/bioscience experience a must.
  • Client service minded with the ability to establish, grow and maintain strong relationships with key client contacts; able to function as a trusted resource and counselor.
  • Subject matter expert with strong working knowledge of the Canadian healthcare industry and relevant media contacts.
  • Strategic thinking with a curiosity about our clients’ business and communications challenges to develop smart, insight-driven strategies.
  • Superb writing ability with a keen eye for detail (proven ability to write content, communications plans, executive messaging, etc.).
  • Understanding of ASC and PAAB requirements, in addition to facilitating internal pharmaceutical company reviews.
  • Experience leading and coaching teams.
  • Passion for storytelling and the health and wellness of all people across Canada.
  • 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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