Job Posting: Communications Specialist

Job title: Communications Specialist, reports to the Co-Executive Director and works closely with the Campaigns team

Location: Preference for the candidate to work from our Toronto or Vancouver office or possibly remotely from Victoria for the right candidate. We currently have small offices in Vancouver and Toronto and a remote team member in Victoria.

Compensation: This is a full-time position, 40 hours/wk with an annual salary ranging $47,000 - $50,000, depending on experience; plus generous benefits provided upon successful completion of 4 month probation period.

About Leadnow:
Leadnow runs campaigns that build and defend a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada. Our power comes from our community. We are independent from party politics and driven by the belief that hope for our future lies with the ability of people to come together in new ways and challenge outdated systems to create a better Canada.

We believe that in order to campaign for a just and equitable country, we need an inclusive and diverse workplace. We’d especially like to encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQ2I, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We recognize that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity.

The Role:
We’re looking for an articulate, creative and experienced communications professional that can thrive in a small but mighty and fast-paced organization with lots of heart and grit.

You’re the one we’re looking for if you are a storyteller, passionate about making your community better and can demonstrate your abilities as a multi-platform communications generalist. You have digital graphics skills, know how to write a press release in a pinch and wrangle social media traction, all within a strategic framework.

You have excellent written communication skills and know how to hone a message for both a longform email and a 280 character tweet. You know how to deliver complex information in simple and persuasive language and have a sharp eye and basic understanding of the building blocks of compelling visual communications. Knowing your way around cameras and post production tools can expand the potential of this role.

Equally important to content development chops is stellar relationship building skills. We are a community driven organization and your role in media relations and as social media ambassador will require uncompromising integrity and professionalism.

You will succeed in this role if keeping up on politics, justice and climate issues is something you already do.

Experience in campaigns, brand management, communications planning and strategic framing will be considered assets. We believe in a learning environment, and mentorship will be provided if you want to grow in these areas.

But what will I be doing?
We run multi-issue rapid response campaigns that will need your attention in the day to day. You will both support and learn from the work of our crack campaigns team, primarily through design and delivery of social media content and occasionally, engagement emails.

You’ll also be contributing to a longer term project helping the Co-ED to plan and execute a brand refresh and growth strategy. This will include assisting with plan development, content creation for socials, website and media pitches.
 
Why you’ll love working at Leadnow
Leadnow offers:
  • A flexible and friendly work environment
  • Opportunities for professional development, mentorship, secondments, and networking, locally and internationally
  • Purposeful work that creates a tangible, measurable difference
  • Leadnow is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, sexual orientation or nature of disability

Responsibilities:
  • Campaign communications: Working with the campaigns team, you will develop social media strategies to support issues campaigns. You may sometimes be called on to support drafting and editing of rapid response campaign emails.
  • Social media management: Yes, memes, memes, memes, but also: Analyze, review and report on the reach and effectiveness of social content and Facebook ads, the results of tests and experimentation. You’ll be tasked with managing and growing our social media presence, tracking multiple KPIs.
  • Graphics and digital content development: Updating and developing website content and occasional design for print ads. Other duties may be assigned according to experience, such as video or writing scripts for radio ads.
  • Media relations: As point person for national and regional media, you’ll liaise with journalists, write and issue press releases and help with issues management. (Note: this is not a spokesperson role)
  • Strategic communications planning: With direction from leadership, you will help develop and execute overarching brand narrative and timelines. 
  • Brand management: Flowing from the strategic work, you will be responsible for considering external communications through a strategic lens, including flagging issues for risk management.
Core skills and required experience:

This role will require hard work, flexibility, good judgment, initiative, and an ability to deliver results in a fast-paced environment. You should have:
 
  • Competencies in graphics and multi-platform content development, preferably via a professional training program
  • Experience in media relations
  • Experience managing social media campaigns
  • Creative ability to find ways to cut through digital noise
  • Comfort with experimenting and taking risks to test theories, fail and adapt
  • Ability to quickly write clear, persuasive copy
  • Knowledge about issues related to social justice and rising inequality, climate change, and democracy in Canada
  • Superior teamwork skills and the ability to work collaboratively, while also taking the lead on projects independently
  • Ability to thrive in an organisation where priorities change with the news cycle
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships with media, partner organizations, and other external stakeholders

Additional qualities that would be considered assets:
  • Experience in strategic communications and brand management
  • Experience in government and/or public relations
  • Experience working or volunteering in a non-profit advocacy organization
  • Experience working on election campaigns
  • Some degree of fluency in French or other widely spoken language in Canada
 
Experience comes in many forms, many skills are transferable and passion goes a long way. If your experience is close to what we’re looking for, consider applying.

To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to jobs@leadnow.ca by midnight, Pacific time
April 14th. Please send both as a joint PDF document with your first and last names in the file name. Applications are reviewed as they are received; early applications are encouraged.

Hiring timeline:
Selected candidates will be contacted no later than April 24th to arrange next steps.