We are seeking a consummate communications professional seeking to apply their skills in a dynamic and challenging environment. You are a self-motivated, self-starter with the skills to manage organizational communications initiatives. You are a communications subject matter expert and have the proven ability to advise Boards and staff on the use of communications to consistently inform key stakeholders about matters pertaining to the organizations. This includes overseeing strategic and responsive communications with BC First Nations, education partners, government agencies, boards, provincial and national working groups, political bodies, other education stakeholders, and the media.
- Provide senior level leadership and strategic planning in the development and management of the communication plans that are aligned with the strategic priorities of FNESC and its affiliated organizations. Ensure that the organization’s identity is professionally and consistently managed through appropriate marketing strategies and communication tools, including communication protocols and records, information management systems and privacy policies.
- Develop advocacy material and implement advocacy strategies to improve the quality of education for First Nations learners. Support the organizations in responding to policy developments, including creating plain language communication materials. Review and prepare responses to research and policy positions of other organizations and government agencies, including highlighting how other research and policy development may impact upon First Nations education in BC.
- Coordinates and responds to media inquiries and assists the appropriate spokesperson to develop key messaging. Develops media communications as required. May act as the organizations spokesperson and present at key functions.
- Ensures the effective management of the Communications Department funds and is responsible for quarterly reports and updates on department activities, programs and financial management. Manages the Annual Report and TEFA reporting requirements, including gathering and analyzing data and writing the report in cooperation with other managers.
- Manages parental and student engagement programs, including the First Nations Parents Club and the Seventh Generation Club, assisting with program planning, budgets and staff supervision. Advocates and develops planning to aid in securing funds for programs
- Manages events sponsored by FNESC and its affiliated organizations. It will be necessary for the Manager to travel throughout the Province of BC to attend and participate in some of these events.
- Manages and leads the staff of the Communications department.
Who we are looking for…
- As the Communications Manager you have 5 years minimum working experience in Communications and a minimum of 2 years of experience managing programs and/or project management capacity. Within your experience you will have a minimum of 2 years managing and leading employees. Having a Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Education, or other relevant discipline is necessary, preferably a Master degree.
- Having experience in an educational environment will be beneficial, as well as a comprehensive understanding of First Nations education in BC and First Nations issues. Your skills allow you to interpret and apply objectives, rules and regulations to formulate strategies and prepare communications regarding policy alternatives to First Nations education issues, interests and related matters.
- Your superior verbal and written communication skills provide you with the abilities to write, edit and advocate for First Nations education. You have the ability to establish and maintain relationships, and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to develop, manage and evaluate communication plans and strategy while considering client needs and service potential.
- You have working knowledge of print, intranet, video and other media and knowledge of production requirements. Experience with word processing Sharepoint, WordPress and desktop publishing, and website content management systems. Thorough knowledge of good communication principles and practices, especially as they relate to strategic communications, issues management and media relations.
- Come work with a dedicated, fun and collaborative team that is working to improve education for all First Nations learners in British Columbia.
- Competitive pay with a very generous annual leave package
- Excellent health and pension plan
*This position will be based out of the FNESC office in West Vancouver, BC.
How to Apply: visit www.fnesc.ca
Please submit a cover letter and resume by August 5, 2013
(Please submit the cover letter and resume as one document)