Title: Communications Director
Start Date: January 3, 2022 or as soon as possible
Terms: $47,000-$52,000 (pro-rated) annual salary, 30-40 hrs/wk, permanent
Location: from home (offices closed due to COVID at this time)

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. Since 1994, EcoSociety has worked to preserve wild places, air and water for future generations; to take action to reduce the crisis of climate change; and to promote sustainable local food systems. EcoSociety is at a pivotal moment in its development and is seeking a Communications Director to support the organization’s leadership in this next chapter to reach new audiences.

EcoSociety practices employment equity and is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community. We welcome applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, women, people with disabilities, youth, members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ communities, new immigrants, refugees, or members of other minorities. 

EcoSociety is committed to a safe work and volunteer space for everyone. All staff and board members have completed anti-oppression training. All new staff are required to complete anti-oppression training upon starting with EcoSociety if they have not previously completed similar training in the past two years.

EcoSociety is a Living Wage Employer. Currently, this is a work from home position, and a quiet space to work is required. Employment benefits include:

  • 4 weeks paid vacation (prorated), with flexibility around dates to accommodate staff needs
  • Work from home $50/month allowance (reimbursement) and paid 30 mins daily exercise (prorated), while offices closed due to COVID
  • Supply technology needs for work from home, as required
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid Statutory holidays including Boxing Day and Easter Monday, and additional consideration for days of cultural or religious significance
  • Flexible work hours/work life balance
  • Paid time for leadership and organizer trainings
  • Paid time for organizational justice, equity, diversity and inclusion trainings
  • Hours tracking and time off in lieu enforced

 

Job Description:

The Communications Director will develop and implement communications strategies to achieve organizational and program goals. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, this position will be a member of the senior management team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Actively follow current events, trends, and news media, other related organizations, governments, companies and key outcome influencers to understand politics, context, opportunities and challenges of programs
  • Develop and implement campaign communications plans with members of project teams
  • Assist in rebranding efforts of the organization and ensure branding consistency across programs 
  • Ensure programs enhance and grow intended audiences
  • Actively seek out innovative and creative communications strategies to further fundraising and program goals
  • Take part in related communities of practice and share learnings with staff
  • Develop and ensure adherence to key messages and language to communicate with intended audiences 
  • Act as editor for Living Here magazine, ensure stories are in-line with strategic goals
  • Deliver presentations and workshops to key decision makers and other intended audiences 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders related to desired program outcomes
  • Act as organizational spokesperson and Ambassador when necessary

Qualifications:

  • At least three years experience with non-profit organization(s) successfully leading in communications
  • Experience working in environmental, social justice or related issues
  • Experience working in diverse teams and a strong desire to practice justice, equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication, including verbal, visual and written communication
  • Strong communicator with a variety of audiences including rural and small town audiences
  • High energy, attention to detail, positive, and solutions-oriented attitude
  • Passion for working to fulfill EcoSociety’s mission and values and promote EcoSociety’s work
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, when necessary
  • Preference for valuing and experience using engagement organizing
  • Photography skills are an asset
  • Suitable home office: comfortable working on a computer full time; expert-Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office, GSuite, email management, WordPress, Zoom, Google Meet, CRM management (CIVI, Every Action) etc.

The successful candidate ideally lives in the West Kootenay region, however candidates from other regions in BC and Canada, particularly those with lived experience in rural and small town communities, are encouraged to apply and will be considered. If the successful candidate lives outside the West Kootenay region, they may be required to relocate to the region once EcoSociety re-opens community offices after COVID. However, preference will be given to experience and skills over the current residential location of candidates.

 

Eligibility:
The successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

To Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to identify in their applications if they are Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, women, youth, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ communities, new immigrants, refugees, and/or are members of other visible minorities.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis with the intention to hire as soon as possible.

Please send:

  1. Your cover letter
  2. Your Resume/CV
  3. An attached example of your communications work to reach rural/small town/suburban audiences to take an action related to environmental protection or social justice

to jobs@ecosociety.ca and put “Communications Director” in the subject line. 

We thank all who apply and only those considered for the position will be contacted for interviews.