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Smart, Savvy + Associates is Canada’s fastest-growing recruitment specialty firm. We are fully focused on helping companies connect with talented, proven marketing, communications and sales professionals to help grow their businesses. We are excited to be partnering with Coast Funds in their search for a Communications Specialist who brings a solid foundation in writing and story-telling, media relations, digital strategy and publications.
About Coast Funds
Coast Funds is globally recognized as a model of permanent conservation financing that invests to strengthen the well-being of First Nations and the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Founded with $118 million in 2007, Coast Funds is a partnership of private foundations and government. Currently, Coast Funds has approved over $76 million towards 321 conservation and sustainable development projects in the region. Learn more: www.coastfunds.ca
This is an exciting time to join our team at Coast Funds. The Board published its 2017-19 strategic plan to earlier this year that creates a new focus on continuous learning and knowledge sharing to be led by this vital communications role. We are supporting First Nations to raise awareness of their economic development and conservation initiatives.
About the Opportunity
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Specialist is a key member of a small and highly collaborative team, and will work closely with First Nations leaders and project partners, to develop and write compelling stories. With exceptional interpersonal, relationship-building, problem-solving and business skills, they use both internal and external communications strategies to engage First Nations, partners, funders and the public in support of the organization’s purpose.
  • Write compelling project stories that capture the knowledge First Nations have developed through planning, financing, staffing, and implementing projects for economic development and conservation initiatives funded by Coast Funds.
  • Manage and maintain all public-facing content for Coast Funds digital platform (www.coastfunds.ca) by updating written material, photography, and infographics.
  • Assuming a leadership role, work as part of a collaborative team to increase the effectiveness of Coast Funds First Nations, government, funder, public, and media relations by regularly publishing online and print materials.
  • Develop Coast Funds’ digital strategy and an annual communications plan with editorial calendar for publishing stories, leading work of Coast Funds’ communications plan.
  • Coordinate content development for Coast Funds annual report and strategic plan including compiling and editing written material, photography, and infographics. Oversee all aspects of design and printing.
  • Develop, publish and manage Coast Funds’ email newsletter (Talking Stick) and proactively grow Coast Funds’ subscription contact list.
  • Update Coast Funds’ website, social media, and advise media contacts as appropriate.
  • Develop new fundraising materials as identified by the board and the Executive Director.
  • Identify key target audiences, assess communications challenges, identify specific communications objectives and identify communications-related metrics.
  • Coordinate services performed by Coast Funds’ web development agency including website maintenance and feature or design improvements.
  • Working with management, develop and maintain Coast Funds’ media contacts database. Write and distribute media releases and op-eds.
  • Working closely with the Manager, Project Investments, refine and improve the communication of community well-being outcomes including opportunities to enhance infographics, testimonials, and photography that demonstrate the positive effect Coast Funds’ projects are making across the region.
  • Coordinate services performed by freelance writing contractors; support internships by working with colleagues to develop internship work plans, recruit interns, and supervise interns
  • Develop and deliver all aspects of social media strategies, including monitoring and moderating of social media activity, regular reporting and analysis.
  • Proactively seek and record content approval from First Nations for communications materials and photography licensing or equivalent approval from photographers for images used by Coast Funds.
  • Assemble and catalogue photography, client testimonials, and media articles related to initiatives supported by Coast Funds.
  • Provide communications support to management such as preparing Committee meeting agendas, drafting briefing notes, presentations, speaking notes, annual report, and other internal or external communications materials.
  • 5+ years of related experience, preferably in a not-for-profit environment
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and ability to relay technical information in plain language
  • Highly collaborative work style with a focus on teamwork and creating win-win outcomes for stakeholders and community
  • Demonstrated ability to establish cooperative and effective working relationships with First Nations business representatives, NGOs and contractors
  • Recent experience with WordPress or equivalent content management system, and maintenance of a business website, along with SEO best practice
  • Working knowledge of marketing communications tools (e.g. MailChimp)
Preferred, but not required:
  • Experience with customer relationship management software such as Salesforce
  • Experience managing non-profit or corporate social media accounts
  • Experience working with the communications or development function within a non-profit organization
  • Experience working with First Nations or other Indigenous communities
  • Familiarity with the Great Bear Rainforest and Coast Funds’ Participating First Nations
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