Job Posting 100561

Director of External Communication
Food Banks Canada
Work From Home - From Anywhere
closed 5 days ago (Fri, 12 Apr)
full time  •  $81,915 to $110,156 annually

About Food Banks Canada

At Food Banks Canada, our commitment stretches across the nation, tirelessly supporting and enhancing the work of over 4,750 food banks and community organizations. We invest in, advocate for, and bolster their critical efforts. Through diligent research, we delve into the root causes of food insecurity, devising actionable solutions informed by our findings as we work to create a Canada where no one goes hungry.

Our mission is expanding, and with it, we're opening doors for passionate, teamwork-driven professionals in search of a career that's both meaningful and captivating.

About the Role

The Director of External Communications is responsible for collaborating with the VP of Marketing & Communications to create and oversee the execution of external communication strategies that support Food Banks Canada’s mission and vision. This includes managing the organization’s communication activities, including proactive and reactive media relations, public relations, spokesperson development and training, risk, issue and crisis media management. Working closely with the Director, Network & Internal Communications and Director of Marketing this position will ensure consistent messaging, visual representation, and positioning across all external channels and audiences. This position is also responsible for the management of oversight of the organizations PR agency, this includes working with them to develop and execute the annual public relations plan, managing budgets, and tracking campaign performance. The Director of External Communications works cross-functionally to support the goals of the Development and Partnerships and the Network and Government Relations teams.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Collaborate with the VP of Marketing & Communications in the development of external organizational communications plans
  • Collaborate with the Director, Network & Internal Communications and the Director of Marketing, to ensure alignment in strategic communication direction, messaging, and visual representation, across all channels and audiences
  • Implement and monitor the organization’s annual communication plans, campaign and content calendar to support campaign and messaging alignment across the organization
  • Provide strategic leadership and supervision of the communications team, including coaching, training, and developing high-performing team members
  • In conjunction with the Director, Network & Internal Communications and Director of Marketing, manage and build relationships with external agencies and partners in the development of communication campaigns and materials
  • Develop and execute communications plans to increase awareness for HungerCount, the Poverty Report Cards, research initiatives, and After the Bell, among other Food Banks Canada programs and initiatives

What You Will Need

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent in marketing, business administration, public relations, communications, or related field
  • Minimum 6 years’ professional experience in public relations and communications, preferably in a non-profit/charitable organization
  • Experience leading, coaching, mentoring, and motivating a professional, cross-functional team to achieve goals
  • Proven experience working in a digital environment including social media, content management systems and analytics and measurement platforms
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to effectively coordinate multiple projects, deadlines, and priorities
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills; clear, professional, and warm communicator

Working Conditions

  • Full-time, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work. This position is remote and may be based anywhere in Canada
  • Occasional travel within Canada may be required

Food Banks Canada believes that diversity is the cornerstone of excellence within our team and mirrors the community we serve. We warmly invite candidates of all genders, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities to apply. Committed to an accessible recruitment journey, Food Banks Canada ensures a barrier-free experience. Should you be approached for a job opportunity, please reach out to if you require accommodations.

We thank all those who apply but only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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