Development Communications Manager
Position : Permanent
Type de poste : Full Time
Category: Non-unionized professional
Hours of work: Normal work week, Monday through Friday.
Location: Toronto Campus – 306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto (Ontario) M4N 1T7
Start date: Immediate
About the position
Reporting to the Director, Community Engagement, you have a passion for and strong experience in writing compelling engagement and fundraising pieces for parents, donors, and alumni for a wide variety of channels. You will be working collaboratively with the marketing and Foundation teams to write and edit communications that promote a culture of philanthropy at the school, including the development of new communications in support of a large comprehensive campaign. You will also provide support to our alumni communications, including social media and online content, and be a multi-faceted writer who can take projects small and large to their completion.
You will be responsible for the following:
- Write, edit and update compelling content for parents, staff and alumni that reinforces the case for support including annual giving appeals, funding proposals, gift announcements, impact reports, speeches, presentations and content for digital media.
- Assist in the development and execution of an integrated communications strategy for the campaign and alumni community, ensuring that all channels and related messaging are aligned.
- Overseeing the development and production of print and electronic communications related to all aspects of the Foundation’s work, guiding projects from start to finish, including working with photographers and designers to ensure your words come to life effectively and appropriately for the channel and audience.
- Work closely and proactively with departments and branches across the school to understand TFS’ unique value propositions and effectively make the case for support or demonstrate impact of support, as appropriate.
- Provide writing support, including social media posts, articles for website, letters to the community, writing for publications and proofreading key correspondence to parents, alumni and staff.
- Work closely with the Director of Community Engagement, Executive Director, Philanthropy and Director of Foundation Operations to develop a comprehensive communications strategy in support of campaign priorities, annual giving and engagement objectives.
- Bring ideas forward for new communications vehicles in support of the campaign (e.g. newsletters, blogs).
- Write speeches for senior leaders and volunteers for donor, parent and alumni events.
- Conduct primary research, conduct interviews, write, edit, and proofread internal and external communications.
- Help execute the plan and calendar for all Foundation communications and develop workback schedules and creative briefs.
- Be available and eager to attend and assist at key events and initiatives across campus.
What we offer
TFS is an exceptional place to work, and our offers are generous as well as competitive in the marketplace in terms of:
- A competitive compensation
- An attractive group insurance package and participation in a RRSP plan or OTPP from the first day of employment
- Generous vacation policy and additional paid time off
- A stimulating working environment
- Multiple professional development opportunities
- A rewarding career where you can make a difference
Who we are looking for
We recruit candidates who embrace our TFS values of integrity, discernment, respect, and engagement. The ideal candidate profile is as follows:
- Post-secondary degree in Communications, English, Journalism, or related field.
- Over 8 or more years in an education and/or fundraising environment with a proven track record of creating a variety of compelling donor communications and connecting with an audience at an emotional, yet highly sophisticated, level that aligns with the case for support and the institutional voice and brand.
- A high degree of comfort and experience in adapting writing style to fit the author, audience, and voice of the piece, with a passion for effective storytelling.
- Ability to synthesize concepts and ideas into clear, concise, and compelling written and designed documents.
- Experience writing professionally both English and French, preferably
- Prior experience in managing multiple projects.
- Exceptional grammatical skills, with a comfort in providing editing support for leaders in the Foundation.
- An eye for detail, extremely organized and the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines with high standards of quality and accuracy.
- A flexible self-starter, receptive to challenges, who maintains a positive, professional, and collaborative attitude.
- Creative problem-solver who will bring a fresh perspective to the team.
- Tact and diplomacy skills in addition to awareness and ability to work within an environment that requires confidentiality.
- Effectively manages time and thoughtfully thinks through how to bring a project to fruition.
- Enjoys building relationships of trust across a diverse organization.
- Proficient in internet search and interviewing. Experience working with web authoring technology and desktop and web publishing tools are an asset.
- A professional who believes in the mission of the school.
- Bilingualism (French and English) is an asset, but English is required.
TFS welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.
TFS has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy requiring vaccination for all eligible members of the community including new employees. New employees will be required to provide their proof of vaccination to the HR department on their first day of employment.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a résumé here as soon as possible. Please use the candidate portal through the link provided.