Job Posting: Communications Director

 Position Title: Communications Director

 Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Communications Director will drive strategic leadership as a recognized leader, strategist, innovator, and change agent, who demonstrates the ability to execute in complex environments with multiple interests. As the leader of the Department this role is tasked with advancing the Foundation’s communications strategic agenda by building a robust and diverse communications strategy and plan. This includes the development/formulation, execution and support of the organization’s communication strategy and plan. In addition, this role will be responsible for the development of strategic partnership and the integration of activities across the organization and with community partners.

Key Responsibilities:

20%    Lead and cultivate an environment of entrepreneurship, a consultative approach, and a focus on communications excellence.

  • Responsible for seeking out opportunities to promote ECF and messaging
  • Acts as an ambassador for the Foundation by attending meetings with charities and other stakeholders as required

20%   Create, collaborate with diverse partners on key communications projects and products.

  • Oversee the development, distribution and promotion of “Legacy in Action” magazine
  • Oversee the development, distribution and promotion of “Vital Signs” in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council

30%   Guide a team of high-performance communication professionals to lead and coordinate key strategic functions that communications needs of the organization.

  • Oversee the development, distribution and promotion of annual events including but not limited to the Annual Meeting, Annual Professional Advisor & Donor Appreciation Events
  • Responsible for the “The Well-Endowed Podcast”

30% Collaborate with staff from other departments to ensure alignment with corporate strategies, programs and initiatives.

  • Act as a support unit to ECF’s departments
  • Manage and implement ECF’s social media strategy
  • Explore innovative ways to promote ECF’s branding targeting specific communities


Education and Experience:

A related degree combined with a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible communications management experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a related master’s degree and 6 years of progressively responsible communications management experience. Equivalencies may be considered.

Specific Skills:

Specific skills and experience should include experience with budgeting, statistical, and quantitative analysis skills, experience in convening, connecting, integrating and solution seeking, ability to consult and develop creative solutions; leadership ability to motivate, mentor, support and influence a diverse team of staff and create a high performance work environment.  In addition,  demonstrated ability as a big picture thinker and planner demonstrating successful communication and event planning and implementation; proven ability to build and develop strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders; and exceptional communication abilities including listening, presentation and writing skills.

Closing Date:  Position will be available January 2nd, 2020 though the posting will stay open until a suitable candidate is chosen.

Salary range:  Commensurate with experience and background.

Edmonton Community Foundation is committed to considering diverse applicants including people who are Indigenous, of colour, LGBTQ2S+, and/or with disabilities.  We encourage people from within these communities to apply.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Martin Garber-Conrad
CEO, Edmonton Community Foundation
Applications should be submitted by e-mail only, please.