Communications Manager


Indian Summer Arts Society


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.


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.


  • 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.


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 by Sept 25. Please no calls or office visits. We will be contacting candidates for interviews at the end of September.


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

Contact Name: Laura Byspalko
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 283-9172

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