Job Posting: Communications Coordinator
Salary: Negotiable and commensurate with experience, plus benefits
Job type: Full-time, one year employment contract with possibility of extension
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Lower Mainland, or Victoria, BC
Watershed Watch Salmon Society is a federally registered non-profit organization that promotes wild salmon and watershed conservation throughout British Columbia. Our work focuses on many issues affecting salmon, including habitat protection, ensuring sustainability in salmon fisheries, reforming BC’s salmon aquaculture industry, ensuring adequate water flows for fish, and the implementation of the federal government’s Wild Salmon Policy. We have a strong legacy as a science-based watchdog organization, and we are now increasing our engagement with the general public in order to better protect wild salmon and watersheds in BC.
The Communications Coordinator will support our small team in all aspects of public communications, to multiple audiences, and through multiple platforms.
We are looking for someone who:
- Is a skilled communicator, with the knowledge, experience, and dedication to elevate Watershed Watch’s public profile, helping us to better engage the many citizens of BC who care about wild salmon and watersheds;
- Has a strong conservation ethic and understands the cultural, social, and ecological importance of wild salmon and fresh water to British Columbians;
- Can relate to, comfortably communicate with, and engage the wide array of people who make up BC’s salmon constituency;
- Has a basic knowledge of salmon conservation and management issues and their socio-political context;
- Is a proficient writer with experience in key formats and forums (print, web, traditional media, social media, etc.);
- Is a strategic, independent, rational thinker and creative problem-solver who seeks out evidence when forming opinions and making decisions;
- Is an adept and savvy user of social media—particularly Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube;
- Has experience interacting with news media, including writing, editing, and distributing media releases;
- Can work collaboratively to plan and execute projects, setting and achieving realistic goals, and adapting to changing circumstances;
- Is not afraid to give or receive constructive criticism;
- Can occasionally work on evenings or weekends, if needed;
- Ideally, lives in the Vancouver or Victoria area;
- Can supply your own office space, cell phone and computer with high-speed internet (all Watershed Watch Staff currently work from home offices, although we are currently evaluating our needs and options for dedicated office space in the Greater Vancouver area);
- Knows, or can quickly learn, how to use key software packages for: Web design (WordPress), Graphic design (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), Video editing (e.g. Adobe Premiere); Customer Relationship Management (Salesforce);
- Has formal training and/or experience in communications or a related field.
- Coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and marketing plan.
- Participate in strategy discussions for individual campaigns, working with other staff—and occasionally colleagues from other organizations—to develop and implement campaign-specific communications plans. This will include identifying key audiences, developing and testing messaging, and coordinating the development and delivery of social media posts, media releases, talking points, emails to our supporters, etc.
- Ensure that the content and tone of all messaging are effective, appropriate, and aligned with our communications plan, organizational culture, and positions on key issues, as well as complying with Revenue Canada’s policies for registered charities.
- Coordinate social media use and actively manage all social media platforms.
- Monitor social and traditional media and report coverage of Watershed Watch and other relevant items to staff.
- Develop and distribute marketing and engagement materials such as printed handouts, public display materials, and branded merchandise.
- Manage Watershed Watch’s photo and video library.
- Identify capacity shortfalls in our ability to implement our communications plan and work with staff to find solutions.
- Produce and/or coordinate the production of graphic and video content for social media.
- Monitor, analyze, and report out on communications-related metrics, working with staff to continually improve the reach and impact of our communications.
- Assist with the development of grant proposals and reports.
Please email your resume and cover letter to Aaron Hill, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line. When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “Ann_Smith_Cover_Letter.doc” and “Ann_Smith_Resume.pdf.”
Watershed Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in Canada.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.