Senior Communications Officer
Reporting to the director of Strategic Communications, the Sr. Communications Officer role resides in the Fund Development & Communications (FD&C) team, and works collaboratively and cross-functionally with Programs and Policy (P&P), Corporate Relations, Major Gifts and other departments to develop strategies and materials that will position and raise awareness of Children Believe’s work to help build trust and engagement across a wide variety of stakeholders.
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When you make a decision to work with Children Believe you’re not just doing something great for your career, you’re helping empower children around the world to access education, pursue their dreams and be a voice for change. We know there are lots of career options for talented, top performers like you, but not many offer the opportunity to help children live and dream fearlessly.
If you are looking for a role in a truly inclusive organization and working in a great team environment where your contribution is valued and respected, we have the position for you.
Children Believe is currently recruiting for the following position:
Senior Communications Officer
As a member of the Strategic Communications team, the Senior Communications Officer plays an important role in assisting in the implementation of the communications strategy, creating, collecting, packaging and disseminating stories and other communications materials in order to elevate Children Believe’s program and Policy work, its brand equity and ensure brand alignment.
Reporting to the director of Strategic Communications, the Sr. Communications Officer role resides in the Fund Development & Communications (FD&C) team, and works collaboratively and cross-functionally with Programs and Policy (P&P), Corporate Relations, Major Gifts and other departments to develop strategies and materials that will position and raise awareness of Children Believe’s work to help build trust and engagement across a wide variety of stakeholders, including Canadian supporters, peer organizations, corporate and private donors and Government.
This role includes, but is not limited to:
- Directly contribute to Children Believe’s brand-building by leveraging data and stories to effectively reach key audiences including governments, foundations and international partners.
- Support the development and implementation of strategic plans and approaches that demonstrate the impact of the organization’s program and advocacy work in collaboration with P&P team.
- Working with cross-functional, global teams, develop powerful, timely fund-raising materials that help align the organization during campaigns and key moments (e.g. fact sheets, backgrounders, briefing notes, project profiles, Q&As, blogs, impact stories, feature articles, news releases, website and social media content, and audio visual products).
- Working alongside the New Business Development team, produce communications material to donor specification while supporting bids for new opportunities
- Directly support the planning, implementation and promotion of fund-raising and advocacy events, such as International Development Week.
- Contribute to strategic positioning to build and strengthen the CEO’s public profile in engaging with external and internal audiences. Contribute to the CEO’s growing thought leadership and credibility by leveraging programmatic expertise in alignment with organizational priorities.
- Edit written reports as per annual plans, including the corporate annual report and knowledge products, and prepare them for professional layout and design, ensuring accuracy, consistency, coherence and adherence to Children Believe in-house style and brand standards. Lead all aspects of document production, including budget, schedule and design, working with freelance writer and graphic designer.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned by the Director, Strategic Communications and the Chief Marketing and Development Officer.
The ideal candidate possesses:
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, strategic communications, public relations or related field.
- Certification/accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators or the Canadian Public Relations Society or the Editors’ Association of Canada is considered an asset.
- A minimum of five years of relevant progressively responsible experience in journalism, strategic communications or public relations, preferably with an NGO in the international development sector.
Knowledge and Skills
- Superior written and oral communications skills.
- Strong storytelling/writing/digital media ability, able to, identify and adapt powerful stories from a wide range of sources that effectively communicate organizational impact.
- International development communications experience a strong asset.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Collaborative and supportive team member to support emerging opportunities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive.
- Resourceful self-starter who takes initiative and works well independently, as required.
- Meticulous attention to detail, with excellent research, copyediting and proofreading skills.
- Demonstrated experience in conceiving, developing and implementing communications plans.
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple competing projects to deliver timely, quality communications materials under tight deadlines.
- Capable of utilizing and adapting data and technical language to effectively communicate with different public and government donor audiences.
- Ability to successfully manage outside vendors/contractors.
- Advanced knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
- Ability to travel locally, nationally and internationally (as travel advisories allow).
- Working knowledge of adapting stories and data for different social media platforms a strong asset.
- Bilingual in French or Spanish (oral and written) considered an asset.
- Demonstrated commitment to Children Believe’s vision, mission and values.
Attributes, Traits, Behaviours:
- Accountability for Results
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to network, collaborate, build relationships and negotiate effectively
- Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience
- Commitment to DEI
- Flexible and adaptable to changing demands and priorities in a high pressure environment
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Results-oriented, proactive, deadline-driven
- Commitment to ongoing professional development
Location: The office is located at 1200 Denison Street, Markham, ON.
Our Hybrid Workplace Program is a flexible work arrangement that permits employees to work remotely while also occasionally being required to come into the Organization’s office. If approved to work from home as part of our Hybrid workplace program; the incumbent must be available to work from the Organization’s office from time to time as determined by the supervisor or as otherwise directed by the Organization.
Compensation: Between $70,000 to $72,000 annually based on experience.
Children Believe offers competitive paid time-off benefits and a comprehensive group benefits plan, including health/dental, life insurance, disability, EFAP and company-match RRSP from the first day of employment.
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