Senior Communications Strategist : CCPA - BC

September 13, 2015

Senior Communications Strategist

Position details: Permanent 0.8 time (4 days/week), working at the CCPA’s BC Office in Vancouver. Applications by candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcomed.

Compensation: Starting salary range of FTE $55,800 to $64,500 ($44,600 to $51,600 at 0.8 time) depending on level of experience, followed by annual increases to FTE $81,000. We also offer generous holidays and excellent benefits. As a unionized social justice organization, we practice and support healthy work-life balance.

Hiring timeline: Applications accpeted until Sunday September 13, midnight. Initial interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place September 21-23. Successful candidate will begin work November 2.

About the position

This is a newly-created position at the CCPA’s BC Office. With the Director of Communication, this position provides leadership to our overall communications strategy, with a focus on social media engagement and development-driven outreach. The successful candidate will also work with CCPA’s research and policy content at a sophisticated level (ex, editing or writing accessible, nuanced materials) and ensure our work is timely/responsive. The position will play a lead role in shaping the CCPA-BC’s voice and communicating our role and impact to the public, supporters, and potential supporters.

Strategy & Leadership:
* Shape and implement key parts of the CCPA-BC’s strategic plan. Translate broader organizational goals into communications strategies and plans.
* Oversee the organization’s external communications systems and infrastructure.
* Report on annual communications priorities, workplans and progress.
* Monitor and integrate relevant tools, strategies and best practices on an ongoing basis.
* Develop content and provide advice that ensures CCPA’s work is compelling, nuanced, accurate and accessible.
* Help to coordinate the work of the communications team.

Digital Strategy & Development-Driven Outreach:
* Manage CCPA-BC’s use of social media and online communications tools. Develop and report on key metrics.
* With the communications team, develop accurate and shareable online content.
* Manage CCPA-BC’s use of Nationbuilder. Develop goals and test new strategies using the NB system.
* Work with development staff and Director of Communication to refine and implement the organization’s development plan, and to more actively engage the broad community of people who know about CCPA-BC but are not financial supporters.
* Design and implement online fundraising campaigns.

Publishing and Media Relations:
* This position does not have primary responsibility for CCPA-BC’s publishing and media relations, but together with other members of the communications team, keeps a bird’s eye view of these systems and plans. The position does provide support and direction on content development, to ensure media and popular materials are compelling, accurate and nuanced.
* Monitor news cycles and proactively identify opportunities to intervene in relevant public debates/stories via mainstream or social media.
* Work with the communications team to develop accessible summaries, infographics, online content, and newsworthy media materials.
* When needed, run the production and release process for specific reports/studies (coordinate editing, layout, release, etc). This position is also the first backup/alternate media contact.

Other duties include administering and reporting on communications systems, organizing occasional events, helping out in the office with shared duties like cleaning, and working with volunteers when appropriate.

Candidate profile and skills

Experienced progressive strategist with excellent judgment:
* Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline (communication, sociology, political science, economics, etc). Equivalent experience will be considered.
* 3-5 years directly relevant experience (preferably in a social change organization).
* High-level judgment and sharp strategic thinker.
* Able to work with and communicate CCPA content at a sophisticated level, including social science research methods and complex findings.
* Able to write clear and compelling content summarizing research and broader public policy issues and themes.
* Strong progressive analysis and understanding of political economy.
* Able to navigate sensitive or controversial public policy issues in relation to public/political debates and social movements.

First class communicator:
* Outstanding written, digital and verbal communication skills.
* Able to translate complex ideas into accessible concepts and language. Skilled editor.
* Experience working on accessible/shareable communications tools.
Effective and creative web strategist:
* Understanding of web culture, trends and best practices for social change org’s/NGOs.
* Strong online networks.
* Experience developing and implementing successful online campaigns and materials.
* Understanding of data-driven strategies and tools. Experience with Nationbuilder a strong asset.
* Experience with content management systems (Drupal and Wordpress an asset) and email/list management.
Collaborative decision-maker in a fast-paced and often stressful environment:
* Able to take leadership and direction in a close-knit team where responsibilities are shared between different team members.
* Aptitude for problem-solving.
* Highly competent with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Fast learner.

An understanding of the publishing process is an asset. Significant experience with media relations and pitching is an asset.

To apply

Submit a 1-2 page statement of interest and CV (including references) as a single PDF document with your last name in the file name to: (If you want to share relevant portfolio items please include links instead of uploading large/media-heavy files.) If you run into problems with the file upload please contact Thi Vu, thi[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca. Deadline for applications is Sunday September 13 at midnight.

Inquiries from qualified candidates are welcome. Please contact Thi Vu, or after August 18, contact Shannon Daub, shannon[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca.