Career Opportunity: Digital Engagement Specialist

Coast Funds board of directors and staff alongside Haíɫzaqv Hemas (Hereditary Chiefs) and Elders in June 2019. Photo by Brodie Guy

Location

We’re looking for a remote-working team member, ideally based in a coastal community.

About the Role

Coast Funds is a seeking a full-time Digital Engagement Specialist to help us deliver on our strategic goals of sharing knowledge and supporting First Nations’ efforts to revitalize stewardship and build resilient economies.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about digitally connecting and communicating with our audiences. Proven experience managing digital communication platforms, including social media and web communication, is essential.

We’re seeking a candidate who is self-directed, adaptable, a quick learner, and a clear communicator. The Digital Engagement Specialist will be someone who can easily jump between the diverse responsibilities of the position while maintaining a reflective approach and a keen attention to detail.

Above all, our Digital Engagement specialist should carry knowledge of the history, cultures, and lived experiences of the First Nations whose territories span the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Digital Engagement Specialist is an important member of a small and highly collaborative team. If you are a communicator with a solid foundation in digital engagement and communication with a passion for uplifting the efforts of First Nations, apply for this role today.

Key Responsibilities

The Digital Engagement Specialist has a number of responsibilities and must be adaptable and capable of working in diverse media for varied audiences. Responsibilities include:

Digital and General Communications

  • Create, deliver, and manage content for Coast Funds’ social media channels. Engage with our online audiences and analyze key metrics to continually grow and improve our social media presence.
  • Create and manage content for Coast Funds other digital platforms including website and email newsletter. Assess, track, report on, and provide suggestions for improving all digital communications efforts.
  • Monitor media (social and traditional) for articles and stories about initiatives supported by Coast Funds or related to the First Nations stewardship and sustainable economic development.
  • Support Communications Manager with various communications responsibilities including the creation of Coast Funds’ annual report, strategic plan, development materials, briefing notes, and other communications materials.

Administrative & Governance Communication

  • Ensure timely and accurate record keeping for organizational and communication contacts.
  • Produce and deliver regular correspondence to First Nations, Board Members, and Members and Funders including allocation reports, upcoming deadlines, quarterly and annual reporting, and election, staffing and news updates.

Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a diploma, certificate, or bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
  • Minimum three years of experience in a communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism position
  • Experience managing social media channels, maintaining a website, and distributing email communications preferably for a non-profit or First Nations-led organization
  • Experience delivering paid online and social media campaigns would be an asset
    • Working knowledge of the following (or similar) software and applications would be an asset: Hootsuite, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Mailchimp, Salesforce
  • Understanding of and respect for the inherent stewardship responsibilities First Nations have throughout their unceded territories, and their need to develop and sustain stewardship capacity to fulfill those responsibilities in a modern context as they have done for millennia
  • Understanding and respect for First Nations economic development priorities and their need for financing to develop long-term sustainable businesses and infrastructure in the region.
  • Experience working with First Nations or other Indigenous communities would be ideal.
  • Self-directed, able to learn quickly, organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, and flexible.

Benefits

Our competitive benefits package includes a flexible health and dental plan, professional development, RRSP contribution, committed colleagues, a culture of innovation, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from contributing to a team that’s working hard to make a difference in First Nations coastal communities.

About Coast Funds

Coast Funds was created in 2007 out of mutual recognition by conservationists, First Nations, industry, and government that a sustainable economy is vital to conservation efforts in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii areas of British Columbia.

We are dedicated to empowering First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii to achieve healthy and vibrant economies and communities in tandem with the conservation of their homelands for the benefit of future generations. As of August 25, 2020, Coast Funds has approved $102.2 million towards 400 conservation and sustainable economic development projects.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to communications@coastfunds.ca. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous People, Canadians, and permanent residents will be given priority.