Communications Manager

Organization: 

Indian Summer Arts Society

Deadline: 

Sep. 25, 2017

Organization Description: 

Indian Summer is a non-profit charitable arts organization based in the Armoury District of Vancouver. We produce the annual Indian Summer Festival, a contemporary multi-arts festival that is going into its eighth year in 2018.

Website: 

http://www.indiansummerfest.ca

Job Description: 

The Communications Manager plays a key role in managing the festival’s public relations and marketing campaigns. Working with a dynamic team including Artistic Director, Managing Director, Development Manager, Communications Designer and interns, your focus is on marketing the festival: identifying new, existing and emerging audiences; managing digital and traditional communications channels; and promoting the organization’s brand. 

The ideal candidate has a background in communications and marketing, including event promotions, media relations, social media, digital strategy, and website management. You are a strategic thinker with strong project management skills, the ability to work independently and with a team, and meet tight deadlines during busy times.

This is a 44-week contract, with a flexible schedule, averaging 30 hours/week. Hours can be leaner over the winter with increased hours (including some evenings and weekends) leading up to and during the July festival. There is potential for this to become a year-round position for the right candidate.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, manage and implement the organization’s communication plan and festival marketing plan, and related budgets.
  • Develop, implement and measure marketing and ticket sales goals, including ongoing monitoring of campaigns and reporting.
  • Build multi-channel media plan and placement, including recommendations for cost effective, targeted advertising and negotiating non-profit rates.
  • Negotiate and manage media sponsorships.
  • Write and edit catchy web and ad copy.
  • Manage contractors and interns as needed, including assigning projects to interns and volunteers.
  • Selecting images and clearing rights as required.
  • Liaise with internal and external designers for print ads, postcards, posters, radio and TV spots, e-newsletters, banner ads, social media graphics and video, etc.
  • Manage paid digital advertising, such as animated and rich media banners, Google Ad Words, and Facebook ads.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies and event-specific marketing plans to reach existing and new audiences. 
  • Track benchmarks to measure progress and success of communication plans, including social media analytics, audience surveys, and Google Analytics. 
  • Write, coordinate and implement website and social media content, and manage updates and maintenance to the website.
  • Write speaking notes, ad and communications copy.
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communications materials such as e-newsletters, press releases, posters, postcards, annual report, etc.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key social media influencers in Vancouver.
  • Monitor and distribute media coverage of festival and organization.
  • Plan and coordinate online and on-site audience surveys.
  • Work closely with publicist to develop press releases, story pitches and coordinate interviews.
  • Identify and build community partnerships for cross promotion.
  • Participate in staff meetings and project teams as required.

Qualifications: 

At least eight years experience working in Communications, and a minimum of three years experience in event marketing and managing a small communications team. The ideal candidate will be bursting with strategic ideas on how to share Indian Summer with the world.

How to Apply: 

Thanks for your interest!

Please email your resume with "Comms Manager" in the title to laura@indiansummerfest.ca by Sept 25. Please no calls or office visits. We will be contacting candidates for interviews at the end of September.

Remuneration: 

$20-25/hour, based on experience, + perks

Contact Name: Laura Byspalko
Contact Email: laura@indiansummerfest.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 283-9172

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