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Communications Director, Trottier Family Foundation

Position: Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary ($100K), commensurate with experience


ABOUT THE TROTTIER FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Trottier Family Foundation (TFF), a member of PFC, is a private family foundation based in Montreal. Our mission is to support organizations that work towards the advancement of scientific inquiry, the promotion of education, fostering better health, protecting the environment and mitigating climate change. TFF strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create cross sector collaborations, and take risks that others cannot.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking a Communications Director who will lead the development and implementation of our communications work to advance the Foundation’s goals and mission. The opportunity involves strategic planning, media communications strategy, writing, convening, research, media coordination, government relations, event coordination and engagement with diverse stakeholders.

  • Location: Montreal, Quebec / Hybrid. Our office is in Montreal and while a locally based candidate is preferred, we mostly work from home and are quite flexible.
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Compensation: Competitive salary (100K), commensurate with experience. Compensation also includes a generous benefits package (RRSP, Health Insurance), four (4) weeks’ vacation and a Staff Donor Advised Fund.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The Foundation seeks a proactive, independent and organized individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing climate action, health, education, science, and community wellbeing to lead our communications work and amplify our priority issues. We are not a typical philanthropic foundation and are seeking someone to elevate our leadership as a key climate funder.

This role requires an experienced and autonomous leader, who displays a combination of analytical skills and an ability to leverage the work of the Foundation through strategic communications. Experience developing strategy and implementing communications work is key. The ability to collaborate with a range of stakeholders including government stakeholders, not-for-profit and charitable partners, policy makers, and to convene diverse stakeholders, is valued. Government relations experience, familiarity with local and national policy landscapes, and existing personal networks within relevant sectors are also helpful.

As an ideal candidate, you bring a proven track record and experience working across various communications approaches. This role requires you to develop and execute communication strategies in ways that result in tangible, measurable impact. You are confident working with a small team, working closely with the Executive Director, collaborating with other staff and external stakeholders to ensure the achievement of a variety of initiatives across the organization.

You are comfortable playing an interface role between board, executive and staff levels, and as an autonomous self-starter you require minimal supervision on a day-to-day basis.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Executive Director and Managing Director, the Communications Director will lead the development and implementation of an effective communication strategy to amplify priority issues of the Trottier Family Foundation and to leverage the work of our diverse partners (grantees, decision makers, staff and board members, and philanthropic actors).

This role requires a strategic, energetic, autonomous and enthusiastic senior communications professional with a passion for advancing positive systems change in alignment with the values and priorities of the Trottier Family Foundation.

Strategy:

  • Lead the development and implementation of an overall communications strategy for TFF; proactively identifying communications opportunities to promote program and initiatives, to leverage and elevate the impact of our work
  • Work with team to develop a communication strategy around grants, programs and sustainable and impact investing
  • Act as a strategic advisor to staff and board on messaging and communication aspects of specific projects

Tools:

  • Develop and refine a range of tools including annual reports, newsletters, social media posts, videos, Board updates, etc.
  • Manage online communication platforms including website, social media (LinkedIn, Twitter) and project specific websites
  • Ensuring a timely and engaging public facing presence for the Trottier Family Foundation
  • Develop content and provide support for public engagement activities such as conference and panel participation including speech writing, research and preparation of briefing notes, and coordination with external event organizers

Media:

  • Create press releases, opinion pieces and other media assets
  • Develop and manage strategic relationships with media outlets
  • Develop briefing content and provide support including media training to staff and board
  • Manage media inquiries and act as media spokesperson proactively and reactively responding to emerging wider events

Relationships:

  • Work with diverse stakeholders to deepen relationships and identify opportunities to amplify TFF’s work
  • Develop an approach and manage the tracking of engagement with decision makers
  • Manage relationships with external suppliers and consultants (public relations, web development, translation, etc.)

Other:

  • Identify opportunities for strategic events and initiatives (convenings, meetings, webinars, etc.)
  • Participate in events, gather and share communication assets such as photos and quotes for sharing on social media
  • Work with graphic designers to update existing communication tools
  • Support staff in developing a clear approach to grant requests in the media and journalism space as it relates to our priority areas of programming, particularly climate change
  • Manage communication budgets and resources and other administrative support

REQUIREMENTS

  • 5-7 years + of experience in communications or publics relations role with multiple portfolios
  • Strategic thinker, innovator and problem solver
  • Autonomous and able to work with minimal supervision, capacity to manage own schedule and work plan to meet both immediate and long-term objectives
  • Proactive, energetic and flexible, at ease in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to work withing a small team and engage in a range of tasks, collaborative and enthusiastic.
  • Detail oriented and capacity to meet deadlines at a high standard
  • Values driven to use communications to leverage positive social and systems change
  • Experience working with and across different sectors – charitable, government, business etc.
  • Familiarity and knowledge around the TFF’s thematic areas of work, in particular climate change, is highly desirable
  • Experience within the charitable and philanthropic sector is an asset
  • Government relations and policy experience is an asset
  • An intellectual agility and ability to analyze, conduct research, think critically, and understand scientific, economic, social, and policy, especially those linked to climate and other areas of work for the Trottier Family Foundation.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and inspire teams
  • Impeccable integrity and ethics, along with a diplomatic and solutions orientated approach to problem solving
  • Degree in Journalism, communications or any other related field or comparative experience
  • Fluent French and English, written and spoken
  • Existing networks and relationships with relevant media
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to synthesis complex issues into compelling and accessible content.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office, SharePoint, G-Suite, Salesforce, Squarespace and WordPress.
  • Experience managing websites and using web content software

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please send your CV and short cover letter to info@trottierfoundation.com

In your cover letter please respond to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to work at TFF? What do you hope to gain and what do you hope to contribute?
  • How can communications help advance the work of the Trottier Family Foundation and leverage impact?

All enquiries and nominations will be kept in strict confidence.
Due to the anticipated volume of responses, we will only contact those candidates who most closely match our requirements and who are invited to an interview.
Interviews are anticipated to take place on a rolling basis from January 10 to February 23, 2024.

The Trottier Family Foundation is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities. If you require any accommodation as part of the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Lavoie at info@trottierfoundation.com.