Communications & Digital Engagement Specialist (one year temporary)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives- BC Office
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
  • Writing / Editorial / Translation
Contract - Part Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Experienced (Non-manager)$45,035 - 52,3432019-09-092019-10-02

About this job 

The CCPA’s BC Office is seeking a Communications and Digital Engagement Specialist to work with us on a temporary basis (to cover a maternity leave). This four days / week position has responsibilities that help build the organization’s profile & reach through effective publishing, online communications and public engagement work. We are looking for a highly competent person with a diverse skill set and fantastic writing abilities who shares our commitment to social justice. You should have three to five years of experience working as a communicator in a social change organization. This position works closely with the larger communications team and reports to  the Associate Director. 


  • Digital Communications: Provide strategic oversight and tactics to support our online profile, including developing engaging content for social media & email newsletters and maintaining our BC Office blog, Provide ongoing input into digital strategy to help improve our reach, audience engagement and list-building. Track and analyze statistics to help inform ongoing improvement.  
  • Donor Communications: Provide support for our annual donor appeal, in collaboration with our development team.  Includes e-appeal (social media and email newsletter fundraising). 
  • Writing: Translate research findings, blog posts and news releases into accessible, compelling and nuanced narratives for email newsletters, social media & other communications channels. When needed, provide support with drafting summaries for research reports and provide editing & writing support to researchers & authors. 
  • Publishing: Work with the larger CCPA-BC communications team and researchers to coordinate the publication of research reports, studies & our printed newsletter (3x / year).
  • Media Relations Support: Provide occasional support for media release plans for CCPA-BC research, including writing & distributing news releases, pitching journalists and coordinating interviews. Monitor media reports for developments / stories relevant to CCPA work and track & analyze media coverage of our reports & researchers. 
  • General Communications Support: Provide support as needed to the Associate Director, communications team and other staff members.  Perform administrative tasks related to the above work areas. 

Candidate profile

This job is a twelve-month contract with a steep learning curve -- you must be able to hit the ground running and learn quickly.  You have:

  • At least three years' experience in communications work with a social change organization. 
  • A diverse communications related skill set, with a strong background in online communications, including a solid understanding of the current digital communications landscape and how it can be used for social change. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an understanding of the CCPA’s work.
  • The ability to articulate complex ideas & research findings succinctly & clearly and to produce accurate, nuanced communication materials quickly.
  • Experience developing and implementing social media strategies, including online advertising, list-building and online campaign tools.
  • Strong digital literacy and comfort with picking up new online tools is a must. Experience using content management systems -- Wordpress and / or Drupal experience are desirable. Experience with email newsletter systems (such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc).  Experience with NationBuilder an asset, but not required. 
  • Photo editing and some basic design skills are an asset for producing social media & web-friendly graphics. 
  • Strong writing and comprehension skills, including the ability to write compelling, news-oriented copy on deadline. Knowledge of BC’s mainstream and alternative media landscape is a bonus. 
  • Impeccable judgement and tact. 
  • At least some experience with print production is an asset. 

The CCPA-BC’s work culture is collaborative -- you need to be able to work with the team and take direction, while also proactively taking responsibility for your work and deadlines. You need to be comfortable with frequent editing & re-writing of your work as part of ensuring CCPA’s integrity and rigour as a research institute. This job will require multi-tasking to meet deadlines, while also dealing with support requests and urgent items as they arise -- strong project management skills and attention to detail are a must. 

To apply 

Submit a 1–2 page cover letter and resume (including references) as a single PDF document with your last name in the filename to:

If you run into problems with the file upload or require additional clarification, please contact Emira Mears, Associate Director, at (no phone calls please).

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 11:59 PM.

We thank all applicants for their interest.  However, only those candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcome. 


Position details: 0.8 time (4 days a week); October 16, 2019 – October 15, 2020 

Compensation: $56,294-$65,429 FTE ( 12 months at .8 = $45,035-$52,343).  The CCPA is a unionized workplace with a salary grid, generous holidays and employer-paid comprehensive extended health benefits beginning after 3 months.

About the CCPA

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.  Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. The CCPA’s BC Office was established in 1997.  The CCPA is a non-profit charitable organization. Our largest source of revenue is individual donations. To learn more, visit