Development and Communications Officer
YW Kitchener-Waterloo is a multi-service charitable organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls by offering early learning and care; before and after-school programs; newcomer support; youth development; emergency, supportive and affordable housing; entrepreneurship and employment training; and collaborative community leadership.
You are the right person for this role if you possess impeccable integrity with a true concern for people in our community. You thrive in a collaborative team environment and have the ability to make strong connections with volunteers and donors. You have strong verbal, written communication and social media skills. You understand the value of best marketing practices and have the desire to play a crucial role to elevate awareness of YW Kitchener-Waterloo in the community by supporting the planning and implementation of Public Relations and Fundraising Events.
- Keep up to date on current and emergent best practices of non-profit media relations
- Curate and research meaningful and relevant social media content
- Research and write blog posts
- Maintain YWCA Canada brand standards in all communications
- Maintain YW website – write copy, design and create forms, media/module management
- Assist with organization of all YW events including fund Raising, public awareness, social action and internal staff events
- Assist with photography at events for YW Kitchener-Waterloo
- In collaboration with staff, provide marketing support to ensure consistency of brand across multiple touch points within the agency
- Manage media communications including press releases and advertising
- Write, edit and coordinate layout and design of presentation displays, publicity materials, media releases, newsletters and articles
- Create and distribute written materials including newsletter and promotional materials relating to the events and project
- Review newsletter distribution to donors, prospects, and other stakeholders annually
- Participate in the evaluation of individual communications initiatives and activities and of the organization’s overall public relations plan and strategies, and researches and makes recommendations to improve and enhance these as part of the annual budgeting cycle and of the multi-year strategic planning cycle
- Responsible for professional work in writing grant applications when needed
- Coordinate content, layout and distribution of the Annual Report
- Perform other related duties as assigned or delegated
- Knowledge of communications, public and media relations, fundraising, events and project management and coordination normally acquired through the attainment of a community college diploma or a Bachelor of Arts degree in a related discipline
- Minimum of three (3) years related work experience in a charitable or non-profit setting, with a commitment to ongoing professional development in the communications field
- Strong Public Relations skills and ability to participate as an effective team member and to support and project values of the organization
- Proficiency in the use of a personal computer, and a working knowledge of software programs, including Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point, Web Content Manager and Raiser’s Edge
- knowledge of database, internet, social networking, and e-mail fundamentals
- Understanding of the operations of a not-for-profit organization, particularly of the needs to which YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo responds and the services it offers
- Knowledge of relevant sectors of the community; i.e., individuals, groups and organizations, corporations, and foundations
- Working knowledge of current analytic software to analyze marketing trends
- Superior written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to write grant applications, media releases, and newsletters articles
- Ability to understand and respond to communications internally and externally
- Ability to think independently, handle multiple projects, set priorities, resolve problems effectively and deliver projects on time in a dynamic environment
All employees of the YW are expected to demonstrate respect, empathy, and accountability to the people who access our services, and to attend work regularly as regular attendance is critical to maintaining the highest quality and level of service expected in delivering services.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $26.28 per hour to start
Hours: Flexible based on 24 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend meetings and events
Please respond with resume, indicating how you became aware of this posting, by January 19, 2020 to:
153 Frederick St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2
The YWCA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from individuals of all races, colours, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, and sexual orientations.
No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those selected
for an interview will be contacted.