We’re currently looking to hire a permanent, full time Communications Manager for Network Engagement. The Communications Manager, Network Engagement will work with the communications team, the Network Engagement team and community foundations to support and amplify the work of community foundations. They will have the opportunity to engage with community foundations and create a bottom-up approach to building communications. Their insights will inform CFC’s broader communications strategy. Their work will include supporting Network Engagement Initiatives such as the Learning Institute programming, Vital Signs and the CFC Conference. The Communications Manager, Network Engagement reports to the Director of Communications and works closely with the Director of Learning and Network Engagement.
CFC is committed to relentlessly pursuing a future where everyone belongs — that starts with our team. We can grow, learn and better serve our communities with a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences. We welcome the unique contributions people can bring in terms of their geographic location in Canada, education, culture, ethnicity, Indigenous status, race, languages spoken, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
This is a permanent full time position.
This position can be located anywhere in Canada with some possible travel for specific activities.
Total compensation package
$50,000 to $65,000 per year with a generous benefits package as well as non-matching RRSP contributions
Who are we looking for?
You have a passion for building relationships through effective communications and are comfortable developing relationships with a wide variety of people. You are a strong listener and strive to build trust. You can work independently but also enjoy collaboration across your team. You have excellent organizational skills and can manage a complex portfolio of work with multiple deadlines and deliverables. You can adapt to team structures and project management software. You are a self-starter with a can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude who’s not afraid to dive in wherever necessary to get the job done. You are adaptive and thrive when working in complexity. You understand and apply an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and feminist lens to your work. You uphold the values of CFC and help advance our commitments.
What does the role involve?
Network Engagement Strategy (15%)
- Lead the development of the network engagement strategy in collaboration with the Director of Learning and Network Engagement and the Director of Communications in the strategic build-out.
- Ensure the execution of the network engagement strategy using project management skills and techniques to ensure deadlines are met.
- Continually adjust the strategic vision in line with feedback and consultation with community foundations.
Direct Communications Support for Community Foundations (15%)
- Support the Director of Learning and Network Engagement with direct support to community foundations that pertains to communications.
- Support community foundations by creating materials such as fact sheets, leading learning sessions and answering ad hoc questions.
- Lead the strategy to create channels and manage channels of communication between community foundations and CFC, including platforms such as Listservs and Slack.
Network Engagement Initiatives (65%)
- Resource Library: Manage the translation, branding, and copy editing of Learning Institute resources and ensure the online Resource Library is maintained and reflects the needs of the community foundation network. Lead the promotion of resources to create network engagement around resources.
- Event Support: Support Learning Institute events by: creating and executing promotional strategies and content to promote Learning Institute events to community foundations and ensure event speakers reflect the tone and values of CFC.
- Learning Institute Newsletter: Build, curate and oversee a monthly newsletter to support community foundation engagement with the Learning Institute events and resources.
- Develop and execute the strategy to promote the Vital Signs Initiative to community foundations.
- Support the programmatic communications, including messages on the ListServ and network communications and events, including learning sessions.
- Lead the strategy and execution for Vital Signs week. Support community foundations as they promote their own Vital Signs work and highlight Vital Signs work taking place from coast to coast to coast through CFC’s channels.
- Lead stakeholder engagement strategy, including consultations with community foundations to develop Conference 2023 content and approach.
- Contribute to the broader Conference 2023 communications strategy, including key messages and consultative approaches.
- Support the development and execution of Conference 2023 sessions.
Connection with Strategic Initiatives (5%)
- Align Strategic Initiatives’ communications and learning opportunities with the Learning Institute’s strategy and objectives alongside the Manager of Initiatives and Engagement.
- Coordinate the timing and execution of communication across Strategic Initiatives and Network Engagement alongside the Manager of Initiatives and Engagement.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English
- Experience in creating communications products such as news releases, blog posts, social content, media lines and Q&A
- Exceptional copy editing and proofreading with a deep understanding of grammar and composition principles and tailoring content to specific audiences
- An understanding of design principles and the ability to create visual communications collateral that is clear and engaging
- Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with experience working both independently and in a team
- Experience in project management, and change management, with strong planning and organizational skills, including attention to detail and accuracy
- Demonstrated diplomacy and discretion in handling delicate and highly confidential matters
- Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple, changing priorities
- High standards of professional behaviour, ethical standards, and sound judgment
- Experience (or familiarity) with productivity, collaboration and content creation tools. Such as:
- GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slide, etc.)
- Zoho One (CRM, Survey, Forms, Projects, etc.),
- Canva, Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress
- Lived experiences or knowledge that contribute to CFC’s purpose, creativity, and perspectives
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience working at or with a community foundation
- Strong written and oral communication skills in French
- Significant experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro
- Considerable experience with web content management programs such as WordPress
- Experience with working in a bilingual communications environment, with translators and interpreters
- Media relations experience, including pitching, media training and managing relationships with media outlets
- Understanding of targetted communications approaches to reach equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to Indigenous communities, the LBGTQ2S community, racialized communities, and OLM communities
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter to the following form: click here. Please address your cover letter to Jacqueline Reid, Director of Communications. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in joining CFC and this role.
The deadline for applications is September 12, 2022, although applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so please apply early.