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The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) staff are a high-energy, dedicated team determined to make a difference in the fight against blindness. We are motivated by the profound impact that sight-saving research and education programs have on families living with blinding eye diseases. The FFB is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process.

Digital Communications Coordinator

Location: 890 Yonge Street, Toronto

COMPANY & CULTURE:

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is Canada’s largest registered charity committed to sight saving research; contributing over $32M to leading edge eye research. The Foundation has funded many research discoveries and is accelerating breakthroughs in treatments and cures. Equally important is our commitment to the individuals, families, and friends living with eye diseases through our education programs.

The Foundation is known for its signature events, Ride for Sight, Comic Vision, and Cycle for Sight. Working from our national office in downtown Toronto, you will join a high-energy, dedicated team determined to make a difference in the fight against blindness. We are motivated by the profound impact that sight-saving research and education programs have on families living with blinding eye diseases. You’ll see results.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Communications Officer, you will play a key role in the execution of the communications strategy with a focus on digital media. You will have experience working with MailChimp, WordPress, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and Google analytics. You are knowledgeable about SEO and have experience working with different digital marketing tools (certifications are an asset). You are creative, dependable, accountable, and highly organized. You are production oriented, detailed, and deadline driven. You are passionate about digital marketing and eager to learn.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • – Work with the communications and management team to plan, implement, and deliver digital and content marketing and communications strategies and programs that support FFB’s goals and strategic plan
  • – Write and edit multi-media web and social media content; provide editorial support for web and social media content
  • – Grow online engagement with FFB’s social media assets, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts
  • – Compile regular media and social media monitoring brief for FFB staff
  • – Draft and deliver email campaigns, member bulletins, and other member communications in collaboration with the Communications team
  • – Ensure all digital communications is consistent, on-brand, and complies with Canadian anti-spam laws and general best practices
  • – Monitor, track, and report on the effectiveness of digital campaigns and content, including the use of personalization and segmentation; assist in monitoring social media for issues as they arise
  • – Recommend areas of potential optimization across all web/digital channels
  • – Work with the Communications Officer in the development and implementation of an annual communications plan.
  • – Other tasks and responsibilities as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

EXPERIENCE

  • – Three to five years’ digital communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” role within a small business environment and/or association. Knowledge and experience in the healthcare, non-profit sector is a strong asset.
  • – A proven understanding of SEO and Google Analytics
  • – Experience with MailChimp
  • – Experience with WordPress
  • – Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite
  • – Experience working with content management systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge
  • – Excellent writing/editing and oral communication skills
  • – A keen eye for visual content and creative copy
  • – Sincere commitment to work collaboratively within the organization and with all stakeholders, including staff, board members, volunteers, members and other supporters
  • – Impeccable attention to detail to ensure all aspects of delivery of digital content are flawless and conform to members’ expectations
  • – Experience managing and growing audiences on social media channels and campaigns, with ability to monitor and adjust strategies based on performance
  • – Proven ability and flexibility to manage multiple deadlines and reset priorities as needed
  • – Familiarity with monitoring platform Meltwater or similar platforms 

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • – Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • – Strong outreach, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • – Strong attention to detail

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree or College Diploma and a combination of experience in one of the following areas: Communications, Public Relations, Media and Journalism, Marketing, or another relevant field.

COMPENSATION

The current annual salary range for this permanent full-time position is $40,000 to $45,000. Compensation also includes a comprehensive benefit package and membership in the group registered retirement savings plan.

START DATE:   As soon as possible

TO APPLY

Please submit your cover letter and resume prior to 5:00 pm on March 3rd, 2019 to jobs@ffb.ca

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process. Please email your request for accommodation with your application.

 

Officer, Educational Events and Partnerships

Location: 890 Yonge Street, Toronto

COMPANY & CULTURE:

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is Canada’s largest registered charity committed to sight-saving research. Since 1974, the organization has directed over $35M towards projects with the potential to drive treatments and cures. The FFB is also commited to the individuals, families, and friends living with eye diseases, and supports this community through educational programming and resources.  

The Foundation is known for its signature events, Ride for Sight, Comic Vision, and Cycle for Sight. Working from a national office in downtown Toronto, the individual hired for this role will join a high-energy, dedicated team determined to make a difference in the fight against blindness. We are motivated by the profound impact that sight-saving research and educational programs have on families living with blinding eye diseases. You’ll see results. 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Research and Education, the Officer of Educational Events and Partnerships is responsible for all aspects of event planning related to Vision Quest, the FFB’s premier educational series, and all other research and education-related events. Held at multiple sites across Canada each year, Vision Quest provides information, resources, networks, and other forms of support to those affected by blindness and vision loss. The Officer is also the front-line contact for research and education-related communications, and as such plays a key role in phone and email interactions with patients and supporters, as well as the management of information resulting from those interactions. Finally, the Officer of Educational Events and Partnerships plays a central role in supporting the development of partnerships and sponsorships by working closely with the Director of Research and Education to identify and cultivate relationships.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • – Reporting to the Senior Manager of Research and Education, manages all aspects of event planning associated with the Foundation’s Vision Quest series, including registration, communications, venue selection, catering, etc., as well as other research and education events.    
  • – Takes a leadership role in the planning and structural development of events associated with research and education, including their scheduling, marketing, and overall success.
  • – Supports the Director of Research and Education in the management and cultivation of sponsors and other key partnerships
  • – Designs and helps implement systems to track sponsorships and other key relationships
  • – Supports the creation of educational material through copy editing, formatting, uploading, and in some cases drafting and designing content
  • – Manages patient/supporter/ambassador data by inputting it into Raiser’s Edge and aids in the creation of new data management systems
  • – Works as a front-line contact for research and education-related communications over the phone and through the Foundation’s info account
  • – Works as an integral member of the research and education team to help advance the team’s portfolios 
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • – At least two years of experience in a field or position focussed on event planning
  • – Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
  • – Strong familiarity with Microsoft’s Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • – Background in written communications with an emphasis on grammar and copy editing
  • – Strong oral communications skills with a high aptitude for communicating professionally over the phone
  • – Experience with Raisers Edge is an asset
  • – Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree or College Diploma and a combination of experience in relevant field.

COMPENSATION

The current annual salary range for this permanent, full-time position is $50,000 to $65,000. Compensation also includes a comprehensive benefit package and membership in the group registered retirement savings plan.

START DATE:      As soon as possible

TO APPLY

Please submit your cover letter and resume by March 8, 2019 to jobs@ffb.ca

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process. Please email your request for accommodation with your application.

 

Internships

The FFB has a variety of internship/co-op positions open throughout the year. If you are interested in doing your internship/co-op with us, please do not hesitate to contact Diem Luong at dluong@ffb.ca.