Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to support people stewarding abundant ecosystems and a stable climate, while building resilient, equitable communities. Our overarching goal is to uplift grassroots-led change in response to the climate emergency and ecosystem collapse. To do this, we engage with and learn from diverse communities and knowledge systems, including communities most impacted by the ecological challenges we all face. In particular, we are committed to learning from the governance systems of the Indigenous Nations on whose territories we live and work. Learn more here.
Sierra Club BC is expanding and filling a number of exciting new roles over the coming months. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic team in a growing organization that is in the early stages of implementing its new vision and strategic plan. We pay a living wage to all staff and are committed to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in both our hiring practices and work environment. We encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA individuals and members of other diverse communities to apply for careers with our organization. We are committed to building and maintaining a work environment that is welcoming to people who bring other ways of seeing, knowing and communicating to our work.
ABOUT THE ROLE
This is one of two complementary Communications Co-Lead positions that work collaboratively with Development, Campaigns and Education staff. Together, you’ll develop and execute communications strategies in support of Sierra Club BC’s strategic plan. You will work in a non-hierarchical team of equals, based in mutual respect, complementary skillsets and roles, and extensive collaboration.
You can think strategically, write superbly and are skilled at media relations. You know how to translate complicated, nuanced, sometimes technical subject matter into clear, compelling multimedia storytelling. These stories will help engage and inspire others to act and to support Sierra Club BC’s work. Your written work will complement the visual storytelling of the other Communications Co-Lead. You have the ability to communicate with diverse communities, based in intercultural knowledge and understanding, and your own lived experience.
You can co-develop and execute effective, integrated communications strategies. You are highly organized, a skilled planner and project manager, and also tactically nimble when opportunities present themselves. You have a journalist’s nose for a good story and are skilled at pitching to the media and acting as a spokesperson for the organization.
Your work is grounded in a solid knowledge of and commitment to environmental and social justice issues in B.C. You have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. You are passionate about bringing positive change to the land and waters known as British Columbia, and all the living beings who call this place home.
For you, cooperation and collaboration are not buzzwords—they are at the core of your values and how you work. You and your team will be responsive to the advice and counsel of the Operations Director. You will work especially closely with the other Communications Co-Lead, the Digital Systems Coordinator and Donor Engagement Coordinator.
Although our office is in Victoria, we encourage applicants willing to work remotely from anywhere in B.C.
· Please note: we acknowledge the following list of responsibilities is extensive and may seem daunting for some potential candidates. We encourage applicants who, while not being able to handle all these responsibilities from day one, can demonstrate they have the potential to grow into all of them. We commit to creating an environment that will support such growth.
· Co-develop, implement and analyze the effectiveness of Sierra Club BC’s annual engagement plan, in support of our Strategic Plan 2020-2023.
· Lead the development, upkeep and consistent use of key messaging by staff for issue areas relevant to Sierra Club BC.
· Lead the drafting and editing of written material, including website content, media releases, op-eds, reports, collateral materials, campaign emails, social media and other advertising, webinar and telemarketing scripts.
· Lead media relations activities, including pitching stories to journalists, fielding media calls and acting as spokesperson as needed. Track and grow positive media coverage of Sierra Club BC’s activities and positions on issues.
· Co-manage the engagement calendar, oversee key deliverables, including keeping staff across the organization on track for timely production of deliverables.
· Working with the Digital Systems Coordinator and other key staff, design and implement a framework to move digital supporters along ladders of engagement.
· Co-manage website content, design and backend functions. Ensure our website is secure and up to date and make continual improvements to user experience and performance using analytics data.
· Co-manage social media accounts and advertising. Engage Sierra Club BC’s community, promote our programs and respond to comments. Track and analyse performance data.
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
· Demonstrated track record of high quality communications work.
· Superb writing and copyediting skills, with the ability to write persuasive, engaging content adapted across a wide variety of platforms and media.
· Organized and able to handle multiple projects, tight deadlines and rapidly shifting priorities, while remaining calm and focused, and maintaining strong attention to detail.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.
· Skilled with computers, with strong knowledge of CMS (e.g. Wordpress), social media platforms, Microsoft Office 365.
· This is a full time staff position (37.5 hours per week). Compensation will conform to Sierra Club BC’s salary grid. Current salary range is $25.30-$27.55 per hour, with annual increases within the range, plus annual cost of living adjustments.
· Initial three weeks of paid vacation per year, with regularly scheduled increases, plus a solid benefits package.
· Opportunities for professional development and training.
How to Apply
· Submit your application with the words “Application for Communications Co-Lead” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org
· NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.
Applications will be considered as they are received. The competition will remain open until the position is filled.
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