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Communications Manager

Communications – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $50-55K per annum

OpenMedia is an effective, dynamic team leading the charge to protect the possibilities of the open Internet. We believe in the power of the Internet to make the world better. To do that, Internet access must be affordable and fast, personal privacy must be respected online, and free expression must be the default mode of the web.

We are a lean digital rights group that punches above our weight. Our community is changing the way the Internet comes together to defend our digital freedoms— the freedoms that make the Internet the greatest tool for sharing knowledge and culture since humans first put charcoal to papyrus.

And, we happen to be looking for another practical idealist who doesn’t want just any ordinary job.

Job Description

OpenMedia’s Communications Manager plays a key strategic and supportive role in our organization, managing how we tell our story, with an emphasis on broad public engagement and proactive communication with the press.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing our Communications and Community Engagement Team.

  • Leading our media relations, including brand storytelling, news/issue monitoring, writing press releases, and conducting targeted proactive media outreach.

  • Acting as a spokesperson across all mediums and all areas of our work, fielding all incoming media requests, performing interviews and assigning media work to other team members as-needed.

  • Content production and editorial oversight of and copyediting public-facing communications.

  • Strategic communications, developing resources including segmented press lists, and developing and updating talking points.

This demanding leadership position is right for a self-starter who is eager to act as a spokesperson across all areas of OpenMedia’s work, crafting an engaging narrative for media, public stakeholders, and members of our wider community. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Manager will work closely with the management team on organizational strategy and team integration. This role is key to ensuring that OpenMedia’s web properties are up to date and accessible to the public with an eye towards quality control, and will lead on telling our organizational story with all public-facing communications.

Here’s who we hope you are:

  • You are a problem-solver. You relish a challenge, and can take on a project and get it moving. Your proactive approach and willingness to think outside the box makes you the go-to person for getting a project that is stuck moving along, and you have a demonstrated ability to turn plans into action.

  • You dream in talking points. You know how to craft an effective media narrative, and better yet, you know what you can fit in a 10-second soundbite. You’re always looking for new and accessible ways to explain the complex and the mundane.

  • Your pen is mighty and your fingers are swift. We write (a lot) and our work comes at a quick pace. You can quickly pump out anything from a clever tweet, to an informative blog to a hard-hitting press release, all speaking to the issue at hand and grabbing the attention of the media and our community.

  • You know how to prioritize strategically. This is a fast-paced environment. You have a fine-tuned sense of when it’s worth it to “drop everything,” and are okay with the fact that, some days, an early morning development means you won’t get through a single item you put on your to-do list that day.

  • You know how to get the most out of your team. At OpenMedia, we are passionate about showing what people can do when they work together. That starts with our staff, and ensuring that everyone knows how they fit and has a place to contribute.

  • You are “so over” partisan bickering. We don’t just want a seat at the table when government makes decisions; we actively work to put citizens at the centre of government decision-making.

  • You can laugh at yourself. Sometimes we make mistakes. And when this happens, we all agree to “fail forward” and support each other. This means you’re collaborative, humble, and can bring people together to build a “win-win strategy” for good internal and external alliances.

As OpenMedia’s Communications Manager, you must have:

  • Experience successfully managing and leading a high-performing team, and mentoring and developing key staff.

  • Experience working in communications and as a media spokesperson — appearing on TV, radio and in print.

  • Expertise in crafting messaging for various media formats (including emails, ad copy, social media, press releases, etc).

  • Experience writing for different platforms, audiences, and mediums.

  • Strong planning, organizing, and problem solving skills.

  • A commitment to a collaborative and inclusive approach to decision making that focuses on enabling the team to achieve mastery, autonomy and purpose over their own work.

  • Ability to work remotely with team members around the world.

  • A strong commitment to an Internet that is open, affordable, and surveillance-free.

  • Quick learner, able to grasp new tools, trends, and technologies quickly and thoroughly;

And, for bonus points, you would also be comfortable:

  • Speaking to and meeting with politicians and key decision makers

  • Teaching your colleagues what you know to help reach our goals faster

  • Giving and receiving feedback to continually improve and have a greater impact

  • Brainstorming with a collaborative team

  • With user-centric / UX design concepts and frameworks

  • Using web content management systems – particularly Drupal – and have a basic knowledge of HTML

Although our head office is based in Vancouver, Canada, we can consider remote working opportunities in Toronto, Montreal, or Ottawa for the right candidate.

We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Aboriginal people, women, LGBTQ-identified people, people of colour, and people with disabilities. Not certain your credentials are a 100% match with the position description? Please apply anyway! We’re looking to find the right person for our team, with relevant skills and experience – not a mandatory checklist against the position itself.

This is a permanent position with a six-month probation period. Salary is commensurate with experience, but we are able to hire in the range of $50-55K per annum. We offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package.

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis, and this position will remain open until we find the right candidate.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working with OpenMedia. Only those being moved forward to the next round of the application process will be contacted.

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