Ecojustice is Canada's largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all. Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.
Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.
Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:
- Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), Winter office closure (between Christmas and New Year), Birthday day off, maternity and parental leave top-ups, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance;
- Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families;
- RSP matching after 1 year of employment;
- Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and
- Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.
We also support ongoing employee development through our People Potential Program, which aims to give all employees a tailored plan in order to access professional development and training opportunities relevant to their own career development.
Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values. To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit: www.ecojustice.ca.
About the Role:
The Communications Specialist plays a critical role in planning and executing campaigns that build awareness for, and support of, Ecojustice and its mission. This role requires the ability to move nimbly between long-range communications planning and day-to-day implementation across multiple channels. Working closely with Director of Strategic Communications, they uphold standards of excellence in Ecojustice communications. They also project-manage engagement campaigns and special projects, and provide tactical communications advice and support to their colleagues across the organization. The ideal candidate is a thoughtful and resilient team player with a demonstrated ability to build high-trust relationships and deliver consistent results.
As a member of the Ecojustice Communications team, the Communications Specialist plays a key role in:
Communications & public advocacy strategy
- Works with the Director of Strategic Communications and communications associates to develop, implement, and evaluate program area communications and public advocacy strategies
- Project-manages engagement campaigns and other special projects, and coordinates with external vendors as necessary
- Develops guidelines and documents smart practices for using and maintaining Ecojustice's media monitoring and outreach tools and systems
- Develops, implements, and evaluates communications plans for individual case files, and coordinates with clients and partners as necessary
- Contributes to development of data-driven recommendations to inform communications strategy
Marketing & fundraising
- Supports creative strategy and content development for digital and integrated marketing & fundraising campaigns (e.g. annual holiday campaign), as needed
- Works with Director of Strategic Communications to develop and implement brand language and guidelines
- Upholds guidelines and best practices for maintaining website, CRM, and social media assets
- Conducts quality-check on outbound communications (e.g. press releases, emails, commentary pieces)
- Provides general communications advice to Ecojustice staff
- Provides tactical advice and support to communications associates on work products
- Enhances the overall communications savvy and capacity of Ecojustice
- Develops trusting, collaborative relationships inside Ecojustice and beyond
Note: This job may require other responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice
Education & experience requirements
- University degree, or equivalent, in a related field
- 3+ years professional communications experience
Knowledge required to perform duties:
- Appreciation of environmental and social justice issues, the legal system, and the charitable sector
- Proficiency in communications and engagement campaign planning, and an aptitude for project management and strategy development
- Proficiency working with:
- Wordpress, or similar CMS
- Engaging Networks, or similar email marketing platform
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Social media platforms
- Strong storytelling, copywriting, and editing skills, and confidence working across multiple channels and speaking to multiple audiences
- Strong media relations and outreach skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including team-building, facilitation and conflict resolution
- A demonstrated track record of delivering high-quality work and developing high-trust relationships, particularly when working with multiple stakeholders
- Basic coding and multimedia skills are an asset
Skills and abilities required to perform duties:
- Your passion for crafting inspiring stories that move people to action is matched only by your passion for working in a team-based culture and sharing ideas and knowledge with your colleagues
- You excel at distilling complex subject matter into accessible public messages and can present information in an accurate and compelling way
- You are a self-starter who thrives under pressure and can set clear priorities and manage time and resources efficiently
- You are a thoughtful communicator with excellent English language skills. French (or another language) skills are an asset.
Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at: www.ecojustice.ca/careers no later than the Friday, February 8th 2019 closing date.
If you have any questions about this role, please contact Cheryll Januszewski, HR Manager, by email at or by calling 604-685-5618