Thanks for your interest in working with Out On Screen and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
We are currently seeking an organized mover and shaker to join our team as Communications Officer.
Are you a communications professional who is adept at crafting compelling and persuasive cases for support, foundation and corporate proposals, government grants, web content, direct mail campaigns and video promotions?
Are you a savvy project manager who can lead ideation, content development and production schedules for multiple projects?
Do you have a passion for changing the world through stories?
The Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society is a registered charity and professional queer arts organization dedicated to celebrating queer lives through film, education and dialogue.
Our vision: Equitable inclusion for queer community members in a society where gender and sexual diversity are embraced.
Our team: passionate staff, engaged board and invested membership who care deeply about making significant, positive impacts in our diverse queer and trans communities.
Fun and celebration
Creativity and innovation
Respect and equitable inclusivity
Collaborative and courageous leadership
Intersectionality, anti-oppression & social justice
Currently we deliver on our mission with two core programs:
• The annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the city’s second largest film festival showcasing cutting-edge films from around the world and hosting panels, forums, parties and more.
Impact: A dynamic showcase of queer cinema that fosters a sense of belonging, affirmation and connection with other community members and to social movements.
• Out in Schools brings trained facilitators into high schools across BC to use films to debunk stereotypes, build empathy and awareness and foster commitment to stepping up as allies.
Impact: Innovative and compelling educational experiences that deepen students’ intersectional knowledge and promote inclusive behavior.
About the Position
Located in our office in Downtown Vancouver – the Communications Officer position is a role in our team that consolidates the communications portfolio from across several departments.
The Communications Officer will develop, write, design and edit organizational materials for three inter-related, but distinct identities that include cases for support, program materials, funding proposals, social media, donor cultivation/ stewardship materials, annual reports, e-newsletters and other materials.
Working with us, you will benefit from a comprehensive salary package that includes extended health and dental benefits, access to wellness and professional development funds, competitive vacation time, and the ability to be a visible ambassador in our community.
Reports directly to the Director of Development.
Responsibilities of the Communications Officer include:
Developing, implementing and evaluating the annual communications plan and initiatives that include a variety of materials for general and targeted audiences including: donor cultivation and stewardship materials, annual reports, program introductions & reports, foundation and sponsorship proposals, grants, festival marketing materials as well as content strategies for our social media channels, website and program e-newsletters.
Out On Screen requires the ability to connect three distinct, but related brands and voices.
• General communications (conceptualizing, design & layout, writing and editing) include: Web content, blog posts, e-newsletters, press releases, collateral, social media postings and other as needed;
• Hone an organizational impacts-focused writing style that foregrounds our audiences, artists and youth and clearly demonstrates the social change influenced by our work;
• Working with the development team on materials to attract and retain donors, including cultivation/ stewardship
• Materials, cases for support, reports, short videos; funding/grant proposals to individual, foundation and corporate donors; direct mail and e-campaign appeals;
• Lead the writing for a large and diverse portfolio of government grant applications and program reports;
• E-mail newsletters: content-planning, writing, editing contributions of other writers, art-directing and distribution;
• Creating and cross-posting relevant content on both of our social media identities (VQFF and Out in Schools) that reflects our curatorial voice, community and organizational brand and keeps us connected to our communities throughout the year and engage community members in dialogue whenever possible;
• Develop plans and practices to mitigate conflict between sub-communities through nuanced, direct messages that focus the dialogue within healthy containers that can hold deep disagreement around polarizing issues that contend with power, privilege and harm;
• Develop advocacy documents that can translate lived experience into momentum to support policy that supports queer and trans youth within the provincial school system;
• General support for our media relations efforts including assisting in the writing and editing of pitches, press releases and other media outreach materials;
• Proofreading and copy editing content generated by other team members;
• Identifying and taking the lead on internal communications needs, such as keeping staff talking points up to date.
The Communications Officer must have a demonstrated track record and ability to produce a variety of compelling communications materials, strong attention to detail, proven work ethic, excellent project management skills and the ability to meet competing deadlines and manage multiple projects at once.
• A confident individual with a minimum of two years producing a diverse range of non-profit, arts or youth education organizational materials;
• Seasoned, efficient writer whose copy consistently demonstrates a cogent, persuasive style with an eye for nuance and a designer whose layouts are clean and fresh and whose designs clarify information, evoke emotion and convey impact;
• An adaptive, resourceful, forward-thinking individual who is adept at handling the fast-paced, rapidly changing non-profit sector;
• Is a natural story-teller who embodies the values of our team and organization;
• Tactful, diplomatic and knows when to use discretion;
• Ideally someone who has worked in one of the following sectors: arts presentation, extra-curricular or experiential education, queer services or social justice/ anti-oppression organizations;
• Commitment to social justice and working within an anti-oppression framework A degree in Communications, Journalism or Graphic Design preferred;
• Microsoft Office required;
• Basic Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator required; intermediate strongly preferred;
• WordPress and Constant Contact updating experience preferred;
• Facebook, Twitter and Instagram content development preferred.
Please indicate “Communications Officer – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.
Please outline your writing and design experience with non-profit mission and program materials in your cover letter and provide samples of your writing in each of forms outlined in the posting.
Email cover letter, writing and design samples, and resume, in either PDF or Word format, to firstname.lastname@example.org – closing date: rolling intake until July 31, 2016 (apply early to avoid disappointment)
Out On Screen strives for meaningful employment from all communities and for our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. First Nations, people of colour, and people across the spectrums of gender, sexuality, age and abilities are encouraged to apply.
We thank all candidates for applying, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please look to our website for employment updates.