EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Communications Assistant

Posted on Jul 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Justice Centre is hiring a communications assistant!

This position can be full-time or part-time, depending on the applicant’s interest and qualifications. The successful candidate can work from anywhere in Canada, and need not be based in Calgary.

About the Role

The Justice Centre is searching for a detail-oriented, intellectually curious, and driven Communications Assistant with strong writing skills, careful and impeccable judgment, and media savvy to assist with various outward-facing initiatives in support of the Justice Centre’s mission to promote and defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians.

The Communications Assistant will assist the Director of Communications in advancing the organization’s media and outreach strategy, including creating and distributing social media content, growing followership, marketing events, contests, campaigns and the website, preparing the Justice Centre’s signature Justice Update publication, and related tasks. The Communications Assistant will also be in charge of compiling, tracking and reporting media and communications data, growing distribution lists and helping to ensure goals are met. The Communications Assistant will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the Justice Centre’s catalog of commentary championing Charter freedoms. The combined nature of these duties positions the Communications Assistant as a front-facing member of the organization with an ability to build a considerable contact base. The Communications Assistant can work from any city or town in Canada, and need not be based in Calgary.

Responsibilities

Compile and produce social media content every weekday
Oversee the organization’s presence on social media channels, especially Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, with a focus on growing followership
Post content to and maintain portions of the Justice Centre’s WordPress-based website
Track and monitor the organization’s media outreach efforts, with a focus on growing followership
Editing op-eds, press releases, website content with the guidance of the Director of Communications and the President
Assist the organization in drafting articles for the Justice Centre’s Justice Update e-newsletter, physical mailouts, and donor communications.
Grow the Justice Centre’s media reach, by growing distribution lists and stewarding good relations with journalists and media entities.
Candidates with interest in and/or experience with graphic design will have the opportunity to design the organization’s quarterly newsletter, infographics, and research publications. However, this skill set is not a prerequisite for applying.

Requirements

1-3 years of experience in a professional office environment; internships may be considered experience
4-year Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Political Science, Marketing or a related field
Interest in defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians, particularly Charter section 2 freedoms of religion, expression, association and assembly
Strong writing and critical thinking skills
Detail-oriented personality
Eagerness to immerse oneself in media coverage and commentary on myriad freedom-related issues
Ability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner
Strong judgment, especially when posting and interacting with others on the Justice Centre’s social media accounts
Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
Familiarity with WordPress, Google Adwords and Facebook Ads is strongly preferred, but not a prerequisite for consideration
Experience in charitable or non-profit organizations an asset
Experience with graphic design programs, especially Adobe InDesign, is a significant plus, but not required
Experience working with journalists an asset

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

Cover letter detailing interest in the position, any relevant professional experience with regard to the mission of the organization and the role, and salary requirements
Résumé including details of relevant skills and experience
Two writing samples (past professional work, college papers, op-eds, or blog posts) of roughly 5 pages in length each reflecting solely the applicant’s own work [Writing samples focused on freedom-related issues are desirable, but not a prerequisite to being considered]
Names, contact information, and relationship details of at least two references able to speak to the applicant’s professional experience and/or character
Applications should be submitted to Michael Kennedy by email: mkennedy@jccf.ca

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered.