Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), Senior Manager, Communications leads the creation and execution of communication strategy, targeting all BGCO stakeholders, including donors, members, alumni, and the broader Ottawa community.
Senior Manager, Communication oversees all communications, both internal and external, across multiple platforms and formats, to demonstrate the impact of BGCO. This role leads and drives engagement, retention, philanthropic support and positive stakeholder behavior. The incumbent leverages expertise in all aspects of communications: interpersonal, proposal writing and stewardship, the use of video and storytelling, brand consistency, segmentation, analytics, and meaningful measurement.
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Your responsibilities will include:
Proposal Writing and Policy
Work closely with the CAO on strategic positioning for all major proposals and stewardship reports
Lead the content creation for all major proposals, including government, foundations and individuals
Work collaboratively with the CAO to develop and refine advancement policies and other guiding documents, including but not limited to – gift acceptance and reputational risk, naming conventions and inventory
Create a comprehensive high-level communications plan for the BGCO
Lead the creation of the communications plan, seek strategic input from Senior Leadership Team, Communications Sub Committee and Marketing and Communications Officer
Ensure all strategic communications are aligned according to brand and visual identity standards, consistent in terms of style, quality and tone of voice.
Ensure all strategic communications are compliant with best practices in grammar, messaging and writing.
Ensure all strategic communications are optimized for search and user experience for all channels of content including online, social media, email, mobile, video, and print.
Team Leadership & Supervision
Lead and oversee the work of one advancement writer (to be hired in Jan 2021)
Support the work of Marketing and Communications Officer
Support CAO in setting up goals and direction for communications
Support and provide guidance to the Communications Sub-Committee in executing successful communication strategy with measurable outcomes.
Adopting best technologies for the Advancement Team
Take initiative and ensure the Advancement Team communications and events are relevant by staying abreast of new and emerging technology, technological advancements, and current affairs, as well as communications and marketing trends in both traditional and non-traditional platforms.
Work with CAO on Communications budget, monitor spending to ensure alignment with forecast
Other related duties as required.
All interested candidates are asked to submit their application, in confidence, to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 25, 2020.
Start Date: October 2020
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We encourage all interested candidates to submit a detailed resume and cover letter, quoting the position title. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa values diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. This means that all job applicants, employees and volunteers receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Required Education, Training and Experience
University degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or related field.
Minimum seven years of progressive communications experience.
Demonstrated track record of success at a managerial level.
Extensive proposal writing experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector.
Demonstrated leadership experience overseeing and producing communication across diverse platforms including print, web, social media, video production, and other forms of digital communications, including writing and editing to deadlines.
Superior English communication skills, including excellent writing and editing.
Develop strong relationships and demonstrate leadership when working collaboratively with BGCO Board, Communications Sub-Committee, program and administrative staff.
Knowledge of best practices regarding advancement policies including gift acceptance, naming, reputational risk
Proven ability to attend to detail and to be clear, concise and accurate.
Proven ability to recognize diversity of abilities and adopt content, tone, medium, and style to audience, in order to be inclusive.
Strong organizational, problem solving and project management skills.
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About Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has been helping at-risk children and youth across our city for nearly 100 years. It has the greatest reach and impact on at-risk children and youth in the city with more than 100,000 visits per year.
Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides thousands of children and youth in seven at-risk neighbourhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and FREE access to life-changing programs in four key programming pillars that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. They are; Education; Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts. The Club also runs Camp Smitty to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience summer camp.
After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow or be a time of risk to youth's health and safety. Experts agree that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative. They keep kids safe, improve academics and help relieve the stresses on today's working families. They can serve as important intervention strategies ...for youth.
At the Club, we dream of a community where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future regardless of race, religion, social or economic status.