SSCF Job Posting – Communications & Marketing Specialist

Job Title: Communications & Marketing Specialist

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) supports southern Saskatchewan through the building of permanent endowment funds donated by generous donors. The endowment’s investment income is used to make grants to charities to meet the changing needs of our communities. The SSCF is a charitable foundation that was established in 1969 and is governed by a Board of Directors.

We are currently looking for a passionate and experienced individual to join our team as a permanent, full-time Communications & Marketing Specialist. As the ideal candidate, you will have a passion for serving the non-profit sector, community awareness and be a great story writer.

In this role, you will be responsible for providing marketing, communications and outreach support to the SSCF. You will be responsible for the implementation of communication engagement activities and to improve awareness of the Foundation, its purpose and impact to supporters by way of various publications. You will report to the Executive Director and in support of the external Communications Consultant, as well as other staff as necessary.

Responsibilities:

Marketing / External Communications:

  • Ensure up-to-date information is available publicly by coordinating external communications, including, but not limited to social media, news releases, general print media, regular newsletter, annual Community Report and e-newsletters for stakeholders;
  • Social Media Marketing – working with the Granting and Digital Administrator, create impactful and resourceful information for our various Communication platforms, i.e. social media, website, print;
  • Coordinate media requests – support the communications consultant with proactive PR outreach, writing news releases and measuring /monitoring new coverage;
  • Provide strategic communications/marketing – responsible for coordinating the thematic monthly/yearly campaigns, days of action for the organization’s key program areas (Vital Signs, pamphlets etc.), granting opportunities and other programs as identified;
  • Work with staff to coordinate the marketing of programs and/or events;
  • Seek opportunities to gain appropriate recognition for the Foundation in the community;
  • Work with donors, community and charities to gather information to be used for various Foundation priorities;
  • Contribute to the marketing and promotions action plan;
  • Communicate SSCF’s story to prospective donors, grantees and community partners; and
  • Increase exposure for planned events with community partners

Communications / Content Creation

  • Content creation – assist the organization as directed with writing blog posts (when/if implemented), articles, advertisements, newsletters, news releases, and communications material for social media content;
  • Graphic design/layout – work with our Design team on coordinating layout and distribution of e-newsletters;
  • Web development and updates – work with the Granting and Digital Administrator, coordinate updates to content, provide web development, design, and troubleshoot as part of the team;
  • Support the coordination and development of stakeholder reports – i.e. Vital Signs, Annual Report, Community Corner, using various sharing software as necessary;
  • Analytics – use measurement tools to provide reports on metrics and drive future decision making and growth through new initiatives;
  • Gather/coordinate research information as requested related to communities, charities and volunteers;
  • Create and coordinate fund development and foundation materials for various uses;
  • Edit of documents, letters and invitations as requested;
  • Collect stories and photographs about the Foundation’s impact in the community through grant-making;
  • Develop processes and procedures for advertising, marketing and communication activities; and
  • Maintain office filing system including manual hard copy files and electronic files.

Outreach / Networking

  • Network relations – assist our community foundation network and its leadership by answering questions via phone, email, social media etc. and curating relevant content tools and resources to support development;
  • Community engagement – build a virtual community of practice using messaging apps to connect and support members inside the network;
  • Attend select community events to represent the Foundation when the Executive Director is unavailable;
  • Arrange site visits for Foundation stakeholders to gain deeper understanding of projects;
  • Promote and influences collaborative and partnership opportunities;
  • Plan and coordinate activities that raise community awareness of the Foundation; and
  • General duties as requested

Qualifications:

  • University degree or college diploma in Communications, Humanities, Public Relations, Digital Marketing, or similar education and experience;
  • A minimum of five years of work-related experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • An understanding of charitable work, philanthropy and donor relations;
  • Experience working with a client relationship management database;
  • Experience in marketing and promotional activities (ideally in the not-for-profit sector);
  • Solid understanding of digital technologies and online best practices for social marketing and growing online communities;
  • Experience with website administration;
  • Experience with photography;
  • Experience using Microsoft office, spreadsheet, presentation, email, and related office administration software is essential;
  • Knowledge of a variety of computerized office business machines, office equipment, operating systems and terminology to provide efficient delivery of service;
  • Demonstrated ability to input, edit, retrieve, format, transmit and link file data, create and generate queries, diverse reports and documents utilizing word processing, databases, spreadsheets, communications and other software packages with speed and accuracy; and
  • Comprehensive knowledge of office management and administrative procedures and protocols.  Ability to create/revise administrative procedures and policy as required.

An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered

The ideal candidate will have:

    • A passion for serving the non-profit sector
    • Community awareness and interest concerning a wide variety of organizations in the charitable sector.
    • The ability to be a good story writer
    • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
    • The ability to exercise discretion and tact with sensitive and confidential information
    • The ability to prioritize and work simultaneously on multiple priorities and meet deadlines
    • The ability to work alone and within a small team environment
    • The ability to help others see the good the Foundation is doing
    • An outgoing and friendly personality
    • A resilient attitude
    • Valid driver’s licence and some travel within position is necessary

To apply for this role, please send your resume, along with a cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications to kaitlin.corcoran@sscf.ca prior to 8:30 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.