COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR (P/T, PERMANENT)
Are you an experienced Communications Specialist with an entrepreneurial mindset, non-profit experience, a passion for nature, who enjoys working as part of a team? Our client is seeking a part-time Communications Coordinator to join their team.
Located in one of the most picturesque spots in Vernon, BC, our client is a not-for-profit organization whose goals are to increase public awareness, appreciation, enjoyment and stewardship of nature in the Okanagan by providing firsthand opportunities to see, experience and learn of the Okanagan’s unique and diverse natural history, showcase its natural areas and features through information programs, displays, nature-related activities and events for all ages.
Reporting to the Centre Manager, the Communications Coordinator will directly contribute to ABNC’s mission and is responsible for developing and implementing ABNC’s marketing and communications strategy, and community engagement campaigns. The Communications Coordinator is responsible to maintain brand consistency, and for the development, implementation, and coordination of messages, and to incorporate the highest standards for external communications. This position will also assist the ABNC team in the planning and organizing of ABNC events, fundraising activities and public events.
The Communications Coordinator must thrive in a team environment with limited supervision, and quickly comprehend and act on changing priorities when necessary. This position will work closely with other staff, collaborating with others in the organization, including the Centre Manager, Events Coordinator, Fund Development Coordinator, Fundraising & Communications Board Committee, and volunteers.
Communications & Marketing
- Work with the Board and staff to develop and maintain the strategic communications & marketing
- In collaboration with the Board Committee, develop communications and marketing strategies for ABNC events, programs, and campaigns.
- Support fund development initiatives, programming and events with directed campaigns, and seek, develop and build strong relationships with local media including radio stations, TV stations and newspapers. Develop and maintain media contact lists.
- Implement communications goals and strategies and coordinate organization-wide design, messages and content generation, including electronic and print communications.
- Manage and maintain marketing, promotions & communications branding, including style, logo and brand of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Maintain graphics and photography files.
- Draft and edit marketing communications materials for internal and external communications, including newsletters, social media posts, media releases and presentations.
- Design and/or collaborate with contracted graphic designers, website developers and volunteers on graphic marketing materials when required.
- Implement ABNCS’s digital strategy and measure its reach and impact:
- Support website content design and maintenance.
- Writing, editing and distributing email communication, blog posts and newsletters for target audiences with support and input of the staff.
- Support the management of ABNC’s social media presence.
- In conjunction with the Fund Development Coordinator, maintain positive relationships with partners, donors and event sponsors.
- Represent ABNC at various community events; engaging public about ABNC programs and events.
- Deliver public speaking presentations and live media interviews and emcee events as required.
- Collaborate with Communications, Fundraising and Events Committee members to refine and implement communications, fundraising and events strategies and plans.
- Manage communications and marketing budgets and work closely with Event & Volunteer Coordinator, Fund Development and Education Coordinator on communications & marketing budgets.
- Participate on the Communications, Fundraising and Events Committee, event sub-committees (i.e. Garage Sale, WWT, Raptors) and other committees as requested.
General / Administrative
- Administrative tasks related to communications and marketing coordination, budget management, tracking, reporting, and activities.
- Present a professional and pleasant customer service environment and ensure positive communications for building and maintaining great working relationships with all stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, members, visitors, and community at large, delivering value to each of the stakeholders and maintaining ABNC’s reputation and commitment to service.
- As part of the ABNC staff team, contribute collectively to supporting operational needs of the organization. This includes answering phones, covering the front desk, cleaning/garbage, participating in various fundraising events, program activities and awareness campaigns.
- Perform reasonable tasks requested by the Board in an orderly and timely fashion.
- Develop a department procedural handbook.
- Perform other related duties, as required.
HR &Workplace Safety
As part of the ABNC Staff team:
- Ensure that staff and volunteers work in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment in accordance with WorkSafe BC Standards, ABNC’s policies and mission.
- Identify risks and understand their impact, provide input into developing policies and procedures that will eliminate or reduce those risks.
Qualifications, Abilities and Educational requirements:
- 2 to 3 years of experience in communications, marketing, preferably in the non-profit sector.
- A degree or diploma in communications, marketing or similar preferred. Equivalent work experience may be considered.
- Knowledge, understanding and experience working within non-profit, tourism, educational or customer focused organizations is an asset.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills for writing social media posts, press releases, advertisements and communications/marketing materials.
- Confident public speaking and presentation skills for emceeing public events and media interviews.
- Creative and innovative with high attention to detail, good spelling, grammar and proofreading.
- Marketing experience for public events for youth, families and other audiences is an asset.
- Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and relationship building skills.
- Ability to work well with and engage with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
- Self-directed with an entrepreneurial attitude. Highly organized with strong coordination skills. Ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve. Able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Able to work under pressure and adapt quickly to changing priorities.
- Collaborative leadership and team-oriented work style.
- Strong computer skills, MS Office, database management and record keeping skills.
- Skill in social media platforms and website updating/management.
- Photography, graphic design and video production abilities are an asset.
- Passionate about nature, education and working with a great group of people while having fun!
- Flexibility and willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the role and ABNC program scheduling needs.
This is not a remote position. There may be some flexibility around working hours however the successful candidate is required to work on site 90% of the time.
20 hours/week, Monday to Friday with occasional weekends and evenings for events.
Thank you in advance for your interest – we will do our best to reply to all applicants; however, in the event of a high number of applications only short-listed candidates will be contacted.