Job Posting 89981

Manager of Communications
West Coast LEAF
Work From Home - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Flexible/remote with occasional in-person work
closes in 10 days (Sun, 11 Dec)
full time - temporary / contract  •  $62,500 to $68,500

Manager of Communications

Parental Leave Coverage – January 2023-March 2024

Application deadline: Sunday, December 11, 11:59 p.m. PT

 

Bring your energy and passion for community engagement to West Coast LEAF!

Are you passionate about gender justice? Do you dream about transformative social change? Are you excited about accessible, engaging, and changemaking communications? Would you like to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment that values learning, community, decolonizing, compassion, humility, and accountability? Good news: We are looking for you!

About Us

West Coast LEAF is a BC-based non-profit organization dedicated to using the law as a tool to secure an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination. We recognize that gender-based inequalities threaten the safety, well-being, and human rights of women (trans and cis), Two-Spirit people, intersex people, gender non-conforming people, trans people of all genders, and gender-diverse and non-binary people. We are committed to an inclusive and intersectional vision of feminism.

Using litigation, law reform, and public legal education strategies informed by community outreach and engagement, we apply an intersectional and inclusive feminist lens to our work across six issue areas: access to healthcare, access to justice, economic security, freedom from gender-based violence, justice for those who are criminalized, and family well-being. Learn more about our work and our history.

Our office is located in Vancouver on traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish homelands, including the lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We recognize that we have an ongoing responsibility to seek transformation in our relationships with Indigenous peoples and lands across the province and Turtle Island.

West Coast LEAF believes our work is strengthened when our team reflects the diversity of the communities with whom we work. We especially welcome applications from members of communities experiencing structural discrimination, including Indigenous people; racialized people; trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people; Two-Spirit people; LGBQQIA+ people; and people with disabilities. Applicants are welcome to self-identify in their cover letter to the extent of their comfort. Applications will be held in confidence and shared only with the hiring panel.

About the position

The Manager of Communications is an integral member of the staff team responsible for developing and executing the organization’s strategic communications plan and related activities. This is a full-time position that is covering a parental leave from late mid-January 2023 to the end of March 2024.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development, refinement, and expansion of the organization’s communications capacities in forward-thinking ways while working within a supportive and collaborative environment. This is an exciting and energized moment at West Coast LEAF. We continue to evaluate our communications strategies, add tools, and revitalize our practices to be in closer alignment with our goals for decolonizing, reconciliation, and movement solidarity.

The position in detail

Reporting to the Director of Development and Engagement, the Manager of Communications is a key member of the engagement and fund development teams.

You will lead the development of strategies to boost West Coast LEAF’s visibility, impact, reputation, and relationality. You contribute research, development, design, and implementation of traditional and digital campaigns and materials that align with the organization’s values, branding, and goals. To be successful in this role, you have hands-on experience communicating about a variety of social justice issues, including but not limited to gender equality and gender justice.

In 2023 and 2024, you will play a critical role in several large and exciting engagement projects underway, including the launch of the organization’s website redesign, the development of a style guide, and our Equality Breakfast fundraiser. You will also have opportunities to contribute to other significant projects, including implementing relevant pieces of a strategic plan and Reconciliation and decolonizing plans that inform the direction and work of the organization; campaigns related to transforming the family policing system and the Gender Equality Report Card; and important equality and human rights legal cases, among other projects. Alongside other staff, the Manager of Communications participates in staff discussion clubs on the topics of gender and decolonizing, as well as learning and activities with the Indigenous Advisory.

The Manager of Communications is supervised day-to-day by the Director of Development and Engagement and works most closely with fund development staff, but you will collaborate with program staff across the public legal education, community outreach, and legal program areas. You will also occasionally work alongside operations and administrative staff, students, and volunteers, as necessary and appropriate. West Coast LEAF’s work takes place through deeply collaborative, team-based processes.

Core responsibilities

  • Manage and implement the communications plan for the organization in collaboration with the Director of Development and Engagement, in consultation with other relevant staff
  • Manage the launch of the website redesign project that is underway, in collaboration with an external designer and accessibility expert, and other staff, as appropriate
  • Manage and maintain the organization’s current WordPress website, including writing and updating website content in collaboration with staff, and liaising with external website maintenance team
  • Draft and contribute to traditional and digital content and design for publication, including supporter emails, media releases, blog posts, and newsletter and website content related to cases, projects, and other initiatives
  • Manage supporter email communications in collaboration with Director of Development and Engagement and the Manager of Fundraising, including drafting email copy and maintaining the email marketing platform (through Raiser’s Edge and Campaign Monitor)
  • Manage media and public relations, in collaboration with the Director of Development and other relevant staff, including drafting and coordinating media releases, maintaining media contacts and media monitoring (through Meltwater), triaging media requests, organizing press conferences, and supporting staff to engage in public and media relations
  • Assist in developing digital action and advocacy campaigns in consultation and collaboration with relevant staff, including collaborating on campaign copy, design, and execution (through New Mode)
  • Work with other staff, especially the Manager of Public Legal Education, on developing social media strategy, drafting social media copy, and monitoring engagement and impact
  • Provide promotional and graphic design support for events, such as the annual Equality Breakfast fundraiser, annual general meeting, or other events
  • Provide plain language review and/or copy editing on public legal education and information materials from time to time
  • Generally contribute to the standing of the organization in the community

Essential qualifications

  • Three-to-five years of education and/or experience working in a nonprofit setting, in communications, digital campaigning, media relations, or fundraising, preferably related to social justice issues, law, gender studies, or other relevant areas
  • Experience and proficiency with WordPress (CMS) website
  • Experience and comfort with Raiser’s Edge or comparable CRM
  • Experience with Campaign Monitor and/or other email platforms and integrations
  • Persuasive writing skills, with an ability to translate formal materials into plain language and to prepare materials that meet accessibility standards
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills (written English)
  • An understanding of and experience with digital campaigns in the service of issue advocacy and/or movement building
  • Proficiency and effectiveness with online platforms, digital engagement tools, technology, and computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google, and other relevant platforms and programs
  • Familiarity and comfort with graphic design tools, including Adobe Creative Suit and Canva
  • Project management skills, ability to manage complex projects and shifting timelines (currently using Asana and Miro)
  • Exceptional relationship building skills and experience working with diverse communities and/or people who are marginalized
  • Culturally and emotionally sensitive and an intelligent verbal communicator

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience communicating with an intersectional, decolonial feminist lens
  • Experience in stakeholder or government relations
  • Basic coding skills for WordPress (CMS)
  • Experience managing a website development or redevelopment process
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical storytelling guidelines
  • Experience monitoring and implementing wise social media practices
  • Experience supervising and supporting staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience with event planning and promotion
  • Videography, visual arts, and/or design skills
  • Ability in languages other than English

Personal qualities

  • Exercises sound judgment, accepts responsibility, and treats others with respect
  • Approaches learning with curiosity and humility
  • Comfortable with giving and taking direction in a collaborative environment
  • Shows initiative and collegiality; motivates and encourages others
  • Demonstrates flexibility, perspective-taking, and reliability
  • Has a passion for human rights and social justice

Working conditions and accessibility

The work takes place over 37.5 hours a week between Monday and Friday, with very occasional evening or weekend work, as required. We are open to discussing flexible work week arrangements.

This position is based at our office in downtown Vancouver. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all staff are working from home with the option for in-person work in compliance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. We will continue to evaluate our needs and provincial health conditions. Some form of flexible work is expected to continue.

You will be provided with the tools and equipment you need to comfortably work from home or at the office, and fully participate and collaborate on solo and shared work.

Our downtown Vancouver office is one level, with elevator access. There is a ramp from the street level to the lobby with elevator access. Restrooms on the same floor as the office space are currently gendered. The accessible restroom is on another floor that can only be accessed by using the elevator. The kitchen is accessible to all staff and doorways throughout are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. There is a locked bike cage in the basement parkade.

The office is close to major transit routes, including the Sky Train, Canada Line, and numerous Translink bus routes. Pay parking is available nearby.

Compensation

West Coast LEAF seeks highly qualified applicants and offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in addition to a generous benefits and vacation package. The office is closed between Christmas Day and New Years Day. The salary range is $62,500 to $68,500.

Anticipated start date

Interviews for this position will be held via videoconference in mid-December with an ideal start date of mid-January 2023.

West Coast LEAF is committed to employment equity, and we strongly encourage and welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including members of communities that have been underrepresented, those who have lived experience in place of academic qualifications, and who will contribute to the rich diversity of the organization, its language, knowledges, and learning. You are welcome to self-identify, should you feel comfortable doing so, in your cover letter or video introduction, and you are invited to share how your lived experience informs your work and your approach in this position.

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