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Communications & Public Affairs Branch

8-month Contract (September 2021 – May 2022)

File #21-35

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

The Communications & Public Affairs Branch provides strategic advice and services to ensure the timely and effective communication of OSC priorities, policies and actions to external and internal stakeholders across all corporate channels. These include stakeholder events and engagement, executive speeches, corporate communication materials, employee communications, media relations, the OSC Website, staff intranet and enterprise social media.

The Digital Communications Specialist is responsible for delivering on the OSC’s digital efforts, namely improvements to the digital vehicles, including the corporate website, intranet, and other digital outreach tools.

The Digital Communications Specialist focuses on optimizing the end-user experience through graphic design and innovative, accessible web design and development, while taking into account diverse stakeholder needs and user trends. Through consultation with staff across the Commission, the Digital Communications Specialist applies a customer-centric focus and team approach to all duties and responsibilities, which include the following:

  • Publishing and maintaining content on the website, as well as including occasional changes to its appearance, organization, content access and display;
  • Maintenance, production and publication of digital communications in compliance with established standards, policies and legal obligations;
  • Helping branches strategize and execute on proposals that will provide the best user experience;
  • Liaising closely with key internal partners, and maintaining multiple third-party supplier relationships in support of team activities;
  • WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility review, testing and remediation of Word and PDF documents, and advising internal stakeholders about accessibility requirements;
  • Conducting ongoing research of best practices on technical and non-technical standards, processes, and advice on recommended solutions; and
  • Coordinating with French translators on a regular basis to ensure all French translations are completed in accordance with the English content.

As the ideal candidate, you have:

  • Recently completed, at minimum, a two (2)-year college diploma in website design and development or a degree in computer science (or equivalent program)
  • Advanced proficiency using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
  • Experience in using enterprise-level CMS (Drupal experience is required; OpenText Web Site Management and WordPress is an asset)
  • Experience with email marketing and email automation tools (Mailchimp), including creating and editing templates
  • Advanced knowledge of WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility compliance standards, especially as it applies to documents (e.g. Word and PDF)
  • Strong working knowledge of visual communication, interaction design, user-centred experience design and digital marketing
  • Keen understanding of UX/UI principles and best practices
  • Advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Experience editing audio/video using Adobe Premiere is considered an asset
  • Solid grasp of responsive web design and the Bootstrap framework
  • Knowledge of web analytics (Google Analytics or similar tool) and SEO
  • Experience using content quality tools such as Siteimprove to recommend or implement improvements is an asset
  • Strong attention to detail, and effective written and verbal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to coordinate with French translators on a regular basis to ensure all French translations are completed in accordance with the English content
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React, Vue.js, etc.) and API integrations (SOAP, REST, JSON, XML/XLST) is an asset

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online ( by Friday, July 02, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and Pride at Work Canada.


If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting our confidential inbox. Visit Accessibility at the OSC to review the OSC’s policies on accessibility and accommodation in the workplace.

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