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SEEKING: A digital communications and engagement specialist who follows climate and energy issues closely and wants to apply their skills and creativity to building awareness and support for clean energy solutions among a variety of target audiences and across digital channels.

Position Location: Vancouver/Victoria
Date Posted: May 15, 2017
Deadline: Open until filled

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About This Job

The Digital Communications Specialist is responsible for creating and curating engaging digital communications materials to help build awareness and support for clean energy solutions among target audiences across digital platforms. This role requires both strategic thinking and hands-on graphic design/content creation skills, and is best suited to a candidate with experience in digital media/brand content development and some degree of online organizing/engagement.

The Digital Communications Specialist reports to the Director of Communications and works collaboratively with the Senior Communications Specialist, as well as other members of the Clean Energy Canada team.

The position will be located in Clean Energy Canada’s Vancouver or Victoria offices.

To excel in this role, you need to be:

  • A digital native with proven experience developing multi-media collateral and engagement strategies for various social media platforms, executing campaigns and measuring impact.
  • A storyteller and content creator with a knack for making technical material compelling, accessible and relevant to various target audiences.
  • A critical thinker and data-driven strategist, capable of interpreting complex analytics and adapting tactics and plans according to emerging trends and insights.
  • A detail-oriented doer who takes initiative and gets things done efficiently without compromising the quality or accuracy of their work.
  • A creative and critical thinker who thrives when experimenting and adapting to a rapidly shifting context.
  • Self-directed, assertive and capable of both generating great ideas and following through to implement them.
  • Up-to-date on current trends, news coverage and various perspectives related to energy, environment and climate policy across Canada.
  • Adept at tailoring tone, visual content and framing of communications materials to best resonate with target audiences.
  • Flexible, self-aware, highly motivated and open to feedback.

About Clean Energy Canada

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the 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 is 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.

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 Digital Communications Specialist will be expected to:

  • Execute the social media elements of Clean Energy Canada’s communications strategy and develop targeted and engaging content that reflects Clean Energy Canada’s brand, voice and expertise while raising our profile among key audiences
  • Create unique and engaging digital content for Clean Energy Canada’s programs and projects, including: social postcards, GIFs, video, etc.
  • Manage and post content to Clean Energy Canada’s website (using WordPress) and social channels (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Evaluate analytics, track monthly social media metrics and contribute to quarterly and annual internal communications reporting and analysis
  • Coordinate and manage the technical elements of hosting our Clean Energy Live webinars and speaking events
  • Promote Clean Energy Canada’s publications and events across various channels and amplify their reach and impact through collaboration with partners
  • Write, edit and/or proofread blogs, op-eds and other materials as needed
  • Maintain up-to-date contact records in the organization’s CRM system (Batchbook)

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • An undergraduate degree and at least two years of professional experience in communications, content development and marketing, online organizing or journalism
  • Academic or professional experience in energy policy and related fields is an asset
  • Demonstrated experience developing, executing and evaluating social media and/or online engagement campaigns
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign), Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) and audio/video editing software
  • Experience developing website content using WordPress (front-end only)
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, including working with styles and templates and the ability to train or support others on the team
  • Experience using MailChimp (or a similar service) for direct email marketing
  • Experience with CRM database management, using Batchbook or a similar system (e.g. Maximizer, Salesforce, Constant Contact)
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing creative and/or communications projects
  • Proven time management skills and experience juggling competing deadlines and priorities
  • Impeccable English spelling and grammar, familiarity with Canadian Press style conventions


Clean Energy Canada offers a competitive non-profit salary, vacation and health benefits package. This position is a one-year contract with the possibility of extension and potential for advancement.

How to Apply

If you think this position sounds like a great fit for you, please submit a cover letter, resume and a sample of your work demonstrating your digital/creative content production skills (e.g. audio, video, GIFs, graphics, interactive content) and experience running digital campaigns to, following these instructions:

  • Your resume and cover letter must be submitted as one PDF file and named in this format: LastName_FirstInitial_CEC_Digital_Comms_Application_2017.pdf
  • Cover letters should be no more than two pages, enclosed with your resume (not simply pasted into an email) and addressed to Julia Kilpatrick, Director of Communications.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

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 July 3, 2017.

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We look forward to hearing from you.

Clean Energy Canada
Suite 721, 602 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1P2
Telephone: 604-947-2200

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Media Enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact:

Julia Kilpatrick | Communications Director
c: 250-888-3404 | e: julia [at] cleanenergycanada [dot] org | @juliakilpat

Trevor Melanson | Senior Communications Specialist
c: 604-341-5091 | e: trevor [at] cleanenergycanada [dot] org | @trevormelanson