December  14, 2018
  New Media





Communications Specialist

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Communications Specialist REF#: JG30432
Clean Energy Canada
Location: Vancouver preferred, British Columbia
Posted: November 19, 2018


Clean Energy Canada is seeking a highly-organized communications specialist with strong writing abilities and a passion for clean energy and climate policy.
About This Job
The Communications Specialist is responsible for a wide range of communications tasks but especially writing, media outreach, communications performance tracking, and project management. The role is ideal for someone whose writing is both impeccable and fun to read—and who knows how to communicate a fact accurately while still telling a compelling story. The ability to manage, prioritize, and track multiple tasks at once is critical. Individuals who’ve held similar communications jobs and journalists are encouraged to apply.
The Communications Specialist reports to the Communications Manager and works collaboratively with the Digital Communications Specialist and the Policy Director—as well as other members of the Clean Energy Canada team.
The preferred location for this position is in Clean Energy Canada’s Vancouver office.
About Clean Energy Canada
Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. We work to accelerate Canada's transition to clean and renewable energy systems.
Leading-edge communication has been a pillar of our success to date, and it’s one the reasons thought leaders turn to Clean Energy Canada for the policy analysis, data, and insight they need to better understand and advance Canada's energy transition. We’re frequently quoted in the media, and we also speak directly to hundreds of thousands of Canadians every month through our popular social media channels.
Our team is small but mighty. We strive to be innovative, collaborative, data-driven, and responsive to shifts in the political and policy landscape. We work in a fast-paced environment where clear and engaging communications matters and where each individual's contribution counts.
The Communications Specialist will be expected to:
  • Assist with the writing and delivery of our weekly newsletter, media releases, reports, and blog posts.
  • Send out media releases, field requests from journalists, and maintain and build lists of media and other key contacts.
  • Project manage reports and other big, ongoing undertakings that can have many moving parts, many steps, and many contributors and sign-offs.
  • Coordinate and manage the technical elements of hosting our webinars and speaking events.
  • Evaluate analytics, track monthly media metrics, and contribute to internal communications reporting and analysis.
  • Act as a backup for others on the communications team, which can include posting content to Clean Energy Canada's website and social channels.


To excel in this role, you need to be:
  • A storyteller and content creator with a knack for making technical material compelling, accessible, and relevant to various target audiences.
  • A detail-oriented doer who takes initiative and gets things done efficiently without compromising the quality or accuracy of their work.
  • An exceptionally organized professional who tracks their tasks, prioritizes them, and checks with others when needed.
  • Self-directed, assertive, and capable of both generating great ideas and following through to implement them.
  • Digitally fluent: you learn new software and acquire technical skills quickly and intuitively, with minimal guidance.
  • Aware of current trends, news coverage, and various perspectives related to energy, the environment, and climate policy across Canada.
  • High-functioning and cool-headed in high-pressure situations.
  • Flexible, self-aware, highly motivated, and open to feedback.
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • An undergraduate degree and at least two years of professional experience in communications or journalism. 
  • Impeccable English spelling and grammar, adhering to Canadian Press style conventions. 
  • An understanding of Canada’s media landscape, including how to develop an angle that will appeal to journalists and identifying the best outlet for a given story. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite programs (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs). 
  • Experience with content management systems (WordPress), mailing services (Mailchimp), and CRM software (Batchbook)—or at least the ability to learn software quickly and well. 
  • Demonstrated expertise managing communications, editorial, or creative projects. 
  • Proven time management skills and experience juggling competing deadlines and priorities.

Clean Energy Canada offers a competitive non-profit salary, vacation, and health benefits package. This position has the potential for advancement.  
If you think this position sounds like a great fit for you, please submit a cover letter (stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board), resume, and two to three published writing samples, following these instructions:
  • Your resume and cover letter must be submitted as one PDF file and named in this format:
  • LastName_FirstInitial_CEC_Comms_Specialist_Application_2018.pdf 
  • Cover letters should be no more than two pages, enclosed with your resume (not simply pasted into an email) and addressed to Trevor Melanson, Communications Manager. 
  • Work samples can be submitted digitally or in PDF format. Please include any links to digital content on a separate page in your application, not in the body of your application email. 
  • NOTE: Applications that do not adhere to these format and naming conventions will not be considered. 
Clean Energy Canada is an equal-opportunity employer. While we appreciate all expressions of interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications will be considered as soon as they are received and this competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date for the successful applicant is January 2019. Early applications are strongly encouraged.  

Trevor Melanson
Clean Energy Canada

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