Great job at RAVEN!
This position has been filled. Many thanks to everyone who applied.
Are you a talented and adept communications professional with a strong commitment to decolonizing and climate justice?
Are you passionate about communicating effectively in order to engage, inspire and motivate RAVEN supporters to take action?
Do you want to work with a team of talented and kind people to make a real difference in the world?
Join the country’s only organization dedicated to advancing Indigenous rights and environmental protection through fundraising for access to justice!
About RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) : Fundraising is in our DNA: everything we do has the simple, powerful goal of motivating people to donate, fundraise, and organize events in support of Nations which take to the courts to advance their rights and defend their territories.
RAVEN is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with different abilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.
Position Title: Communications Specialist/Digital Campaigner
Terms: part time, up to 28 hours/week
Location: Based at our Victoria office and/or remote location
Reporting to: Communications Director, Executive Director
About the role:
You are a storyteller driven by a passion to mobilize communities everywhere to take action for Indigenous justice and environmental protection. You are a writer and media producer dedicated to writing and producing inspiring media including news stories, blogs, emails and compelling web and social media content.
You are a multi-skilled communicator who can engage online audiences, write fundraising appeals and campaign briefings, and plan and execute successful communications strategies with the team. You have experience with social media strategy and website management, with WordPress experience preferred. A digital activist, you are attuned to the opportunities and challenges of a shifting social media landscape and are quick to pick up new technologies and tools.
You’ll be working with a variety of stakeholders including First Nations, environmental groups, businesses, campaigners, and digital and engagement specialists. You enjoy working within a team, and for a cross sectional team of experts. You have a proven record of strategic campaign development and delivery of key messages through a myriad of channels, to regional and national target audiences. Fundraising experience is an asset.
You’ll lead communications responses for RAVEN campaigns including protection of marine areas, biodiversity, and a safe climate, while highlighting the risks posed by projects like Site C Dam, fracked gas pipelines and LNG facilities, and oil sands extraction. Working closely with the Campaigns Director and Communications team, you will ensure successful communication resources and capacity are fulfilled.
- Craft communications responses in collaboration with team members and across the organization including writing blogs and editorials, emails, news releases, and web and social media content.
- Deliver on long-term fundraising and audience engagement goals. Ongoing liaison with the Development team is required to help ensure content is aligned with RAVEN’s strategic plan.
- Assist to develop and deliver creative and effective communications plans. Key participant in planning and strategy sessions.
- Work with contract-based Organizers to promote and document events (currently within pandemic restrictions).
- Promote online engagement (including crowdfunding) to mobilize supporters along RAVEN’s engagement spiral from Know to Care to Act to Lead to Inspire.
- Identify and respond to opportunities arising from the news cycle related to RAVEN campaigns. Respond quickly and effectively to breaking environmental and Indigenous justice stories.
- Develop compelling presentations for webinars and external audiences.
- Copy editing as needed
- Website posting and updates
- Attend meetings, conferences and events on behalf of RAVEN as required.
Education and Experience:
- University or College degree/ diploma in media/communications field with a minimum of 5+ years professional writing experience. Relevant social science degree with focus on Indigenous studies, law, or environmental studies also considered. In exceptional cases, a combination of education and relevant work experience may be considered.
- Experience in non-profit, social enterprise or government, working with diverse stakeholders including experience with Indigenous communities.
- Media relations experience is an asset: working for media, getting earned media placed and or responding to media requests effectively.
- Proven writing ability to translate complex issues into simple, motivating narratives and messages for different and diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated success in strategic communications planning, objective setting and plan execution.
- Editorial experience (assignment, copy, web content, etc.) is an asset.
- Self-starter and quick responder; you are able to work independently.
What you bring to the role:
- Non-profit knowledge. Experience working with non-profit networks and coalitions on shared goals (e.g. sign-on letters, court cases, news conferences). This includes experience in grassroots-led groups, e.g. Indigenous Environmental Network, Wild Salmon Caravan etc.
- You’ve worked with First Nations, or local, regional and provincial governments.
- Experienced communicator; you know how to successfully communicate about environmental and indigenous justice issues for a variety of audiences, platforms and channels. You write content that brings a storied approach to enliven topics with character-driven, emotive resonance.
- Committed and passionate about building a better world. You have the talent and heart to deliver and make impacts.
- Team player. You thrive in an information-rich workplace with dynamic cooperation.
- Resilient and flexible. You are a quick learner and a collaborative colleague who enjoys being part of a team and can work independently.
- Exceptional attention to detail and quality while managing multiple projects. You are organized.
- Excellent written and spoken English language skills. French or Indigenous language(s) skills are an asset.
What You Get:
- Being a part of a team of superstars.
- Amazing work culture with smart colleagues that really care.
- Be part of systemic change and building a better world.
Please submit your cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
The position will stay open until it is filled. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.
We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage QTBIPOC2S, Indigenous people, First Nations, Inuk/ Inuit and Métis candidates, and persons with different abilities to apply.