Media Development Specialist
Term position until March 31, 2023 (possible extension pending funding)
Working remotely is negotiable, with travel as needed
Deadline to apply: May 19, 2022
The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is a collaborative forum for all voices, working for watershed health through education, action, and stewardship. The OWC is one of 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) recognized by the Government of Alberta under the Water for Life Strategy. With this designation, the OWC is responsible for facilitating collective action through watershed planning, stewardship activities, best management practices, and education. We work with everyone to find practical solutions to the immense environmental challenges of our time.
As a small, nimble charity with a dedicated team of strategic thinkers, we are able to be responsive and innovative to maximize our impact. Our success hinges on the trusting partnerships we have built with decision makers and influencers from all sectors, and regular, relevant communications are vital to maintain these important relationships.
The OWC is seeking a creative and outgoing Media Development Specialist. Working closely with the Communications Manager and Executive Director, the successful candidate will use their diverse skill set to advance communications initiatives and outreach goals of OWC in a dynamic environment.
The individual will exercise their proven ability to create with their excellent critical thinking skills to assist with a range of OWC projects and initiatives. Specifically, they will develop relationships with partners and community members, create and edit engaging written content, produce—and assist in the production of—short and long form videos, organize public events, capture interesting and professional visual content, design media graphics, and support the Communications Manager in other tech-based projects.
This position will work full time (36.25 hours/week) from OWC’s office in Lethbridge. Working remotely is negotiable, with travel throughout the watershed as required. Evening and weekend work is occasionally required.
- Build and maintain trusting relationships with people from all sectors.
- Learn from—and demonstrate respect for—Blackfoot culture and tradition
- Create and assist with the creation of impactful videos, from concept to completion.
- Write meaningful stories for OWC’s blog, reports, and printed media.
- Organize all aspects of public events, including, but not limited to:
- Strategizing the best format.
- Liaising with speakers.
- Developing engaging promotional materials.
- Inviting people to the event.
- Summarizing the event afterwards in story format.
- Design captivating graphic-based materials.
- Document and track metrics and deliverables.
- Other tasks as required.
$30-33/hour ($56,550 – $62,205 per year)
3 weeks paid vacation per year
Professional development opportunities
Health benefits package
Candidates that do not meet the qualifications may be considered at a lesser rate of pay.
- Must possess a post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field.
- Minimum of two years experience working in a related field.
- Clearly demonstrated experience and competencies in relevant areas.
- Existing relationships with the local Blackfoot environmental community is an asset.
- Strong project management skills to meet tight deadlines.
- Ability to work independently to complete assigned project deliverables.
- Valid driver’s license, willing to travel throughout the watershed.
- Positive attitude and reliable team player.
- Thorough understanding of Southern Alberta’s diverse audiences, culture, challenges, and community.
- Knowledge and experience working in the non-profit and/or environmental sector is not required, but considered an asset.
- Demonstrable abilities and experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Adobe Creative Cloud.
OWC understands that this position requires a wide-variety of skills and competencies. As such, you may be a fantastic candidate who does not yet have experience in all of these areas—that’s ok! We want you for your strengths, and can help you learn and grow in the areas needed. We want to see your best work demonstrated so we know what we can expect from you as a potential colleague.
For your application, we ask that you clearly and succinctly demonstrate your proven abilities in at least three (3) of the following six (6) categories, in a method of your choosing. We have provided some prompts in each area to direct you in each area. If your examples were completed as part of a team, please specify your specific contribution to the project.
1. Graphic design/2D visual content creation
- Social media graphics
- Print material design
- Logos, digital graphics, digital illustrations
- Do you know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign?
- Blog posts
- Stories and narrative
- Have you written for specific audiences?
- Have you copy edited for others?
- Do you use the Oxford comma? Why or why not?
3. Video creation and production
- Short form (under 10 mins)
- Long form videos (over 10 mins)
- Motion graphic creation for video
- Do you know how to use Premiere Pro and/or AfterEffects?
4. Event Planning
- In-person events
- Virtual events
- Have you created advertising for public events?
- Did you plan your own wedding or amazing summer Tiki party?
- Beautiful nature images
- Animal pictures
- Have you ever done lighting for a photography event?
- Can you take a fantastic picture using only manual settings on a DSLR camera?
6. Community building
- Are you a people person?
- How are you involved in the community in Southern Alberta?
- Can you fearlessly call a stranger on the phone and have a great conversation?
- Have you worked on any fund development projects?
Please limit examples to one or two items per category. Any media should be provided as a link and not attached to your application. Be creative! No need to go overboard with examples, just show us why we want to talk to you more about joining our team in at least three of these six categories.
Any questions about the position not covered in this document about your application can be sent to Jon Martin, Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OWC strives to be an inclusive employer, and people from all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities are encouraged to apply.
Please email your cover letter, resume, and links as a PDF to OWC at email@example.com. The files should be named “Media Development Specialist YOUR NAME.” Please indicate when you would be able to start.
For more information please visit our website www.oldmanwatershed.ca/jobs.
We thank all applicants that apply; however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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