We’re hiring a Communications and Outreach Assistant!

Job posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant

Posting closes: Sept. 25, 2015, 5:00 PM

Position details: Part-time (2 days/week) position from October 2015 to October 2016. Possibility of contract extension and/or additional hours, fundraising permitting. Vancity Community Foundation operates as Secretariat for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition so the position is coordinated through their office in downtown Vancouver and the successful applicant will be a Vancity employee.

Important information: the application process is through the Vancity website but please refer to this posting for responsibilities and required skills (you do not need business knowledge or post-secondary education!).

Salary: Gross salary at 0.4-time for 12 months will be $18,950.

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (BCPRC) aims to raise public awareness about poverty in BC and build support for a provincial poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia. We are seeking a Communications and Outreach Assistant to support the BCPRC’s ongoing communications and outreach efforts under the direction of the Community Organizer. It involves a mix of strategic communications, youth and community engagement, facilitation, creative services and administration.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Community Organizer to assist in the BCPRC’s online and offline community engagement and outreach;
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the community engagement strategy; provide mentorship to community members involved;
  • Layout and design (i.e.: posters, website and social media images, fact sheets, leaflets, etc);
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of events, meetings and workshops (includes public speaking); maintain long-term engagement of participants;
  • Enhance and expand social media networks;
  • Maintain and update website content; layout e-newsletters;
  • Undertake administrative tasks (spreadsheet updating, some photocopying, etc);
  • Other duties as required by the Community Organizer.

The successful candidate will possess all or most of the following skills & qualifications:

  • Ability to articulate and work with the ideas grounding the BCPRC; commitment to the BCPRC’s purpose and success;
  • Knowledge and passion about social justice;
  • Experience in community organizing and group facilitation;
  • A relationship builder who can work with diverse participants, listen to the needs and perspectives of others, and strive for consensus when possible;
  • Creativity and vision;
  • Experience with layout and graphic design; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Experience with social media platforms as organizational communications technologies; proficiency with social media management tools (e.g. HootSuite);
  • A high degree of overall competence using computers, including: knowledge of spreadsheets, Microsoft Office suite, and standard internet and email applications;
  • Knowledge of internet technologies, including website content management systems (e.g. WordPress) and web-based email newsletter systems (e.g. MailChimp) – as user, not as programmer or website designer; experience with NationBuilder an asset;
  • Knowledge of the political context in BC, primarily at the provincial level but with some understanding of the municipal and federal level;
  • Willingness to take on administrative duties;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage projects effectively;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Contract details

This is a part-time (2 days/week) 12-month contract beginning as soon as possible in October. Pending fundraising efforts, hours may increase and/or the contract may be extended. Gross salary at 0.4-time for 12 months will be $18,950.

To apply

Submit a cover letter and CV including at least three names of references on or before Friday September 25, 2015 through the Vancity website here.

Inquiries specifically about the job may be directed to Trish Garner at 604-877-4553. Please do not phone to confirm receipt of your application. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition:

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is a broad-based network of over 400 organizations around the province that have come together around a campaign aimed at seeing the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness. For more information, visit our website,

The BCPRC welcomes applications from diverse candidates, including Aboriginal people, immigrants, people with disabilities, single mothers, queer and/or transgender people, and people with experience living in poverty.