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Job Number:  57366
Communications and Development Specialist
Job Posted: Friday, 6 September 2019
Closing Date: Sunday, 22 September 2019
(in 3 days)
John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: To be determined based on experience and qualifications


The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland is a non-profit organization which provides the opportunity to work with purpose, and impact change in your community. We are a dynamic, innovative social service organization that strives to create safe, healthy, and inclusive communities for all. We do this through a continuum of programs which provide assistance with housing, life-skills, education, employment, and community-based services, with the goal of helping individuals achieve greater independence.


To learn more, visit www.jhslmbc.ca



As the Development Specialist, you provide support with integrated development and communications strategies across the organization. You are highly organized and driven, with strong communication skills, and enjoy creating processes, materials, and events which support the development of the organization. You contribute to the planning, and ensure coordination of organizational events, donor and member management, fund development, brand stewardship, community engagement, and other organizational communications and development initiatives.



  • Reports and is accountable to the Senior Manager of Communications and Community Development
  • Participates as a member of the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland (JHS) regional office support team




  • Contribute to the planning, and lead the execution of, key events within the agency’s calendar, including training and appreciation events, Annual General meetings, and other organization-wide or community events
  • Coordinate all aspects of event promotion, organization, execution, and marketing, including ensuring consistency across all communications channels relating to events and advancing continuous quality improvement through post-event surveys and reports

Communications & Marketing

  • Actively promote the consistent use of the JHS brand, including the development of processes, tools, and education, and provide support for their implementation.
  • Assist in the design and development of organization marketing materials
  • Support and contribute to department initiatives, including internal and external communications materials, projects, and initiatives
  • Assist in the development of strategies and information related to JHS in the public or media, including proactive events, marketing, and public relations initiatives

Community Engagement

  • Assist in the development and deployment of the organization’s community engagement and relationship building strategy

Donor & Member Management

  • Foster and maintain relationships with current and potential donors, and ensure ongoing donor appreciation and engagement
  • Coordinate the organization’s membership strategy and related processes, including membership management, recruitment, recognition, and engagement initiatives.

Fund Development

  • Support the development of the organization’s fundraising strategy, and work towards annual goals by coordinating and executive various fundraising programs and events
  • Research, implement, and oversee a province-wide proposal bank, including where necessary the support, coordination and production of funding applications and the development of sustainable administrative and reporting processes



We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a proven ability to work within a fast-paced, growth-focused environment.  The ideal candidate has:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher, with a minimum of 3 years of applicable or relevant transferable past work experience
  • Strong written communication skills, including impeccable English grammar and editing skills
  • Ability to develop strong collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the capacity to reflect, promote, and protect the culture and integrity of the organization and the services it provides, and to manage situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Experience in creating and publishing written and visual content for print and digital communication channels
  • Extensive experience with appropriate software including the Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint, Adobe Creative Cloud, and content management systems
  • Ability to manage own schedule and work with a high degree of independence to successfully execute deliverables
  • Excellent time and project management skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Experience in working with fundraising based infrastructure
  • Experience in managing grant proposals that pertain to a non-profit environment
  • Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner (written and verbal)
  • Sensitivity to the political and cultural environment of international public agencies or similarly complex environment
  • Preference for candidates with knowledge of non-profit work environments, especially the Criminal Justice System and Developmental Disabilities


Annual Salary will be negotiated based on experience and qualifications. This role will also be eligible for the Society’s comprehensive Management Benefits Package.



The JHS welcomes applications from all qualified applicants including but not limited by those of any sex, race, orientation, or disability. Multilingual skills and multicultural competence are assets.

How to Apply
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If you have these skills, and would like to be part of a great team, we invite you to forward your resume and cover letter to with the subject line – Communications and Development Specialist by: Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 5pm PST
Contact Details
Julia D'Alessio
John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC
763 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC, V5V 3C2

www:   www.johnhowardbc.ca/regions/lower-mainland/careers/

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