Communications Manager

Position Type: Full-time term position ending March 31 2019

Environmental Defence ( is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

Position Summary & Core Expectations:
We seek an experienced and personable Communications Manager to develop and execute a marketing and communications plan for a project to engage Ontarians in climate action. The ideal candidate will have project management experience including managing external/agency partners and related budgets, and tracking and evaluating communications activities. They need to be an excellent writer and editor, and be creative and collaborative with a keen eye for detail. We work in a fast-paced office and our work can change daily, so being flexible and organized is key.

If you love digital comms and want to lead a large marketing and communications project, work with a stellar team and get Ontarians jazzed about fighting climate change, then this is the job for you!


  • Strategic Planning and Project Management:
  • Establish a strong working relationship with our agency partner; collaborate on marketing plan development and manage agency’s execution to ensure project objectives are met
  • Develop and execute a communications plan for the project that includes media/blogger relations, social media, and web content
  • Develop and manage mar/comm project budget and work plan

Communications Skills:

  • Develop, write and edit communications materials including blogs, website text, op-eds, videos, newsletters, social media content
  • Develop a media/blogger relations strategy, pitch and coordinate interviews; having existing relationships with key reporters and social media influencers is ideal
  • Work with our Digital Engagement Manager to develop a social media strategy, create content and calendar; advise on community management

Relationship Skills:

  • Work closely and manage the relationship with our agency partner
  • Collaborate with colleagues in all departments including campaigns, engagement, development and administration
  • Share key learnings with all staff to advance EDC’s organizational goals


  • 3-4 years experience as a communications professional, ideally in an area advancing social change
  • Knowledge of climate issues in Ontario
  • College or university degree in journalism, public relations or marketing, or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; must be able to communicate persuasively online and offline
  • A creative thinker who can come up with innovative ways to reach new audiences and/or further engage supporters
  • Strong organizational, work planning and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated success using social media to advance a campaign/program
  • Knowledge of database programs (e.g. Engaging Networks), communications analytics and management tools (e.g. Google
  • Analytics, Sprout Social, Cision), design programs and video/photo editing software (e.g. Adobe Suite, Canva)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective personal relationships with other departments and external partners


  • Commitment to Environmental Defence’s vision and mission
  • Enthusiastic communicator who thrives in a fast-paced atmosphere, can meet tight deadlines and balance competing priorities
  • A media savvy professional who enjoys keeping up with the latest news on key issues
  • Creative problem-solver with a strong work ethic and keen attention to detail
  • Flexible, motivated, and results-oriented; willing to work late or weekends when required
  • Someone with a sense of humour and can take things in stride

This is a full time, term position. We offer a benefits package after a 3 month probationary period.

Applications will be accepted until 9 am on Monday May 28.

In your application please include your resume, a cover letter detailing communications experience, and a sample tweet about yourself as a candidate for this position.

Please direct your application BY EMAIL to Include “Communications Manager” in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

Environmental Defence is an equal-opportunity employer.  We thank all candidates in advance for their application, but only those contacted for an interview will receive a reply.