SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST- BILINGUAL
Save the Children, Alberta, Canada
This position is covered under CUPE Bargaining Unit – Band 5
Save the Children Canada is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 119 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world's leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. We live our values every day– Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Reporting to the Head, Communications, PR & Media and working as a member of a three person Communications Unit, the Senior Communications Specialist is primarily responsible for delivering both the internal and external communications strategies, ensuring that Save the Children Canada’s public voice reflects and conveys the organization’s mission, values, focus and identity. The Senior Communications Specialist will work with all levels in the organization, and will work closely with Sr. Leadership/Executive to understand, develop and deliver communications that will have significant change management, brand building and public engagement implications for the organization.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Develop, write, review and copy edit organisational collateral materials and documents (including mass marketing letters, newsletters, emails, blogs, annual reports, donor reports, FAQs, media materials, website content etc.).
- Work in collaboration with various team members to produce communications materials that support the delivery of our strategy and ensure alignment to Save the Children’s brand position, visual identity, organizational priorities and stakeholder requirements.
- Lead the development and implementation of the Organization-wide (and departmental if required) Internal Communications plan, including all staff engagement for external initiatives including but not limited to: communications requirements of all staff information meetings, Town Halls, CEO emails, workplace, fundraising for emergencies, campaign mobilisation moments, International Days.
- Under the direction of the Head, Communications, PR & Media and guided by SCC’s overall Media Relations & PR strategy, assist with the development and implementation of organizational media and PR plans.
- Ensure alignment and consistency in SCC’s brand positioning, tone, visual identity and key messages across the organization.
- Act as primary liaison with communication vendors/suppliers responsible for monitoring metrics of success outlined in the contract and statement of work.
- Track media and PR related performance and key performance indicators (KPI’s).
- Prepare monthly media reports and monitor brand mentions in the media.
- Adhere to Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
Qualifications (include but are not limited to):
- Degree in directly related field such as Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or Journalism; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
- Minimum of 4 years demonstrated work experience in communications, specifically in Media and Public relations, Corporate Communications, Marketing and/or Advocacy.
- Experience working in the non-profit sector or working with non-profit clients preferred.
- Superior communications skills with exceptional writing abilities to translate often complex and technical information into compelling language and stories geared to a variety of audiences and constituencies.
- Bilingual (French/English) - exceptional English (verbal & written), and advanced French (written & verbal) a minimum; additional proficiency in Spanish is considered an asset.
- Exceptional demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Solid project and budget management skills required; event planning experience an asset.
- Previous experience, understanding and knowledge of development issues both international and domestic, specifically as related to child rights, child protection health, education and livelihood considered strong asset.
- Experience using digital communications and social media platforms; competency working with Microsoft Office products; experience using WordPress publications (or similar platform) an asset.
- Experience using editing software such as Final Cut, Adobe Premier, InDesign, Illustrator an asset.
- Ability to travel internationally on occasional basis.
- Police check vulnerable sector screening.