Manager, Communications & Education
Edmonton Humane Society
Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
closes in 39 days (Sun, 30 Apr) full time
Manager, Communications & Education
The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) has been an animal welfare leader in the Edmonton community since 1907. We strive to be a model of excellence in the advancement of animal welfare and to lead the movement in creating a more humane world. EHS is a safe haven for thousands of homeless animals each year, providing veterinary treatment, behavioral rehabilitation, care, enrichment and rehoming. Beyond animal sheltering, we engage with the community through various programs and services to support happy, lifelong bonds between people and pets.
The Manager, Communications and Education raises the profile of the EHS through public and media relations, creating positive engagement with the community, internal staff, and stakeholders. This role will manage and oversee EHS’s Marketing and Communications and Humane Education teams to ensure efficient effective program delivery for the organization.
This role works closely with various stakeholders, internal departments, and staff to create communications and education strategies to help the EHS reach its organizational goals.
Key Roles & Responsibilities
Lead internal and external communication strategies and plans to support EHS’ goals and raise and manage the organization’s profile, including executive communications and advocacy strategies, including advice to the CEO and Senior Leadership Team
Work collaboratively with stakeholders to build alignment across internal communications functions to deliver integrated and consistent communications across the organization
Monitor current events and proactively seek and create media engagement and other publication opportunities that will raise EHS’ profile
Act as the primary contact for media and a lead communication contact for our relationships with partner organizations
Research, write, edit and produce communications and training tools to support key projects and initiatives, including the annual report and fundraising intitiatives.
Develop and execute communications and marketing plans for events and organizational initiatives and write, edit, and produce a variety of internal and external marketing tools
Manage the marketing and advertising campaigns for various events and participate in the development and management of the EHS website including ensuring content is up to date and appropriate, and providing advice on maximizing its potential
Proactively seek shelter stories in line with the organization’s storytelling strategy by collaborating with internal client groups and writing their stories for various communication vehicles and channels throughout the year
Social Media Management
Develop and implement social media strategy to raise EHS’ profile and market programs and services while strengthening its reputation and image
Maintain a brand persona and voice for the organization on all social media platforms
Manage and oversee content creation, content calendar, and schedule/publish content in accordance with social media best practices and organization’s social media strategy
Conduct social listening on an ongoing basis to detect and manage potential issues and crises as well as identify opportunities
Oversee & evaluate the delivery of educational and public programs in accordance with the organization’s strategic plan and curriculum programs
Oversee and approve education materials and presentations
Liaise with colleagues at other organizations, and with community, learning, curriculum, and other stakeholders, to develop partnered programs and cross-promotional opportunities
Align department initiatives with current humane education best practices, goals and philosophies
Brand & Reputation Management
Lead and develop branding strategy and plans to support EHS’ goals in order to raise and manage the organization’s profile. Ensure adherence to brand guidelines, and consistency in tone and key messaging
Lead the organization’s response in the event of a crisis or high-risk scenario, establishing links between media, EHS senior leadership and incident command. Act as spokesperson as required.
Consult with the senior leaders to stay abreast of current plans and emerging issues to prepare for proactive and reactive support as needed.
Promote animal welfare best practices by ensuring messaging and imagery is in line with organization position statements, values, and science-based recommendations
Leadership, Strategic Input and Administration
Develop department plans for operational activities in line with organizational strategic plan
Oversee human resources processes including performance management, onboarding, training, progressive discipline, time and attendance, staff professional development & coaching
Plan and administer annual departmental budgets and review performance regularly, following financial policies on procurement and expense reports. Demonstrate strong leadership and assume responsibility as an agent of change through developing and driving organizational effectiveness, best practices, innovations, and changing trends
Education & Requirements
A degree or diploma in marketing, communications, public relations, or related field
Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in marketing, communications, or related field, with a minimum of two (2) of those years in a supervisory position
Experience within a public sector or non-profit fundraising environment is preferred
Skills & Abilities
The Manager, Communications and Education is an integral member of the Edmonton Humane Society. As the ideal candidate, you have exceptional customer service skills and actively coordinate and manage a complex calendar of deliverables and provide high quality communications using various mediums and formats on a reliable basis.
You consistently exercise tact, good judgment, confidentiality, and discretion while upholding high standards of performance and accountability in a multi-tasking environment. In addition, you have strong planning, decision-making, organizational and problem solving skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Compensation & Hours
Compensation: EHS offers a competitive not-for-profit compensation package which includes a comprehensive benefits package, and a strong work-life balance.
Hours: 40 hours a week; however, is expected to work hours as required to fulfill department responsibilities. Some evenings and weekends may be required.
How to Apply
If you are looking for a rewarding career in an exciting fast paced environment, we invite you to forward your resume and salary expectations, in confidence, by email to
The Edmonton Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer and we thank all applicants for submitting their resume. However, only those candidates considered for employment will be contacted.
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Contact Details Human Resources Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB 780.699.7660
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