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Position: Communications Specialist
Organization: Renewable Cities, Simon Fraser University Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Location: Vancouver, BC


Based at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Renewable Cities works with policy- makers and practitioners to accelerate the urban energy transition.

Located in Vancouver, home to North America’s first Renewable City Strategy, the program has helped seed a movement of local governments committed to 100% renewable energy. Renewable Cities undertakes collaborative research, education and engagement, engaging with senior and local governments, city networks, utilities, the private sector, and academia. Renewable Cities integrates equity, prosperity and ecology into climate change mitigation.


This position plans and operationalizes communications activities for Renewable Cities, leveraging a growing international brand to support the program’s mission.

Collaborating with a small team and reporting to the executive director, the communications specialist is responsible for developing and executing Renewable Cities’ communications strategy. This includes developing, operationalizing, and evaluating digital communications, stakeholder engagement, and media outreach.

This position is at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus at 515 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver with excellent walking, cycling and transit access.


  • Develop and operationalize an effective communications strategy through collaboration with the executive director and other staff

  • Develop short and long-term plans and budgets for the communications program and its activities, monitor, evaluate, and report out on performance

  • Manage development of communications products including reports, graphics, web content, guest posts, proposals and other materials as necessary

  • Undertake social media management, building organizational and spokesperson profile on diverse platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and others as appropriate

  • Sustain and grow a growing constituency of policy makers and practitioners across diverse sectors with content-rich digital products

  • Build upon existing media relationships and work to enhance the profile of Renewable Cities’ profile inthe media placing op-eds and coordinating earned media

  • Promote and support Renewable Cities activities and events, including delivery with video and online learning tools

  • Maintain and improve quality standards for organizational communications, assuring consistent communication of Renewable Cities’ brand

  • Ensure adherence to SFU policies; Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue values, mission and standards; and other rules and regulations governing communications and information management

  • Develop partnerships and relationships with organizations, governments, and businesses that align withRenewable Cities’ priorities

  • Contribute to recruitment, hiring, and supervision of staff, vendors, research assistants and volunteers where assigned

  • Contribute to other Renewable Cities activities where required, including event and program management and planning, and dialogue facilitation


Essential qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Training and at least four years of experience working in the fields of communications, marketing, public relations or a related area

  • Work experience in at least one of the following fields: urban sustainability, energy, climate change, public policy or political science (and an interest in the remainder)

  • Advanced writing and editing abilities with a keen eye for detail and dynamic writing

  • Ability to communicate complex public policy issues to a variety of audiences and through diverse channels

  • Software essential: Microsoft Office, Google Apps

  • Experience with digital content creation and website development/management

  • Experience with customer relationship management software, databases, and email marketing software (such as MailChimp)

  • Experience with social media management, such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn

  • Experience with media and/or public relations

  • Basic experience in graphic design and desktop publishing software (Adobe Suite, etc.)

Asset qualifications:

  • Familiarity with online event streaming, webinars, and/or videography

  • Experience working with local governments, senior governments, utilities, or think tanks

  • Experience in multi-stakeholder dialogue and/or public engagement

  • Experience in policy development and/or reform

  • Experience with events management, public speaking

  • Digital communications experience, including search engine optimization, social media advertising, Google AdWords, and various analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics, social media analytics)

  • Passionate about the urban energy transition and potential for systemically advancing solutions to affordability, congestion, community economic development, waste and material management, health, and urban forest and farmland protection


  • Salary will be commensurate with experience, based on a 35-hour work week.

  • Access to SFU University Research Assistant Basic Health, Extended Health and Dental Plan benefit

  • Access to gym facilities, wellness programming and secure bicycle storage

  • Cell phone subsidy


  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others with qualifications to work in Canada will be given priority.

  • Funding is not available to enable the successful candidate to relocate to Vancouver.

  • Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We invite applications from women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal and First Nations people and people with disabilities.


Submit the following items to by 09:00 Pacific Time, July 5, 2019 with the subject line: “Application: Lastname, Firstname Comms”

• Cover letter and resume in a single PDF document (using the name convention“LastnameFirstname”.pdf) that speaks to the essential and asset qualifications. Your letter should include hyperlinks or attachments of a) digital content you have created and b) a writing sample.

We thank all candidates for applying; however only candidates selected to participate in the next phase of the competition will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jun 10 2019    Numéro : 53821