PARENTAL LEAVE: Director, Communications (13-month contract)

  • Posted:Apr 27, 2022
  • Apply by:Jun 03, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Contract / Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Senior
  • Location
  • Ottawa or remote, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Multiple
  • Impact Category
  • Nonprofit
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

About CAGP
The Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) is a national association that inspires and educates professionals involved in strategic philanthropy. Our members are fundraisers at charities and professional advisors who are enormously passionate about what they do – helping Canadians realize their philanthropic dreams. CAGP is also an important voice of philanthropy in the social benefit sector and has a long track record of influencing tax and legislative matters that support charitable giving.
We have a small, dedicated staff team that has a big impact. We offer a fun and flexible work environment with a good benefits package. You will have a powerful opportunity to grow and expand your professional skills, connect with a pan-Canadian community to expand your network and make a real difference.
Position Overview
Reporting to and working closely with the Vice President, Education & Development, the Director, Communications leads the development and implementation of CAGP’s overall communications and outreach strategy to raise the profile of the organization and its mandate with key stakeholders and audiences, and with the general public through the Will Power campaign. The Director also manages and supports the Communications Coordinator.
Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive organizational communications plan in alignment with CAGP’s strategic plan, including the establishment of communications goals and measurable objectives, and the identification of target audiences.
  • Develop and maintain an annual/quarterly/monthly editorial calendar related to CAGP’s e-communications. CAGP eNews and various education and job-related email communications.
  • Manage and maintain several website properties across various platforms including Drupal, Wix and Wordpress.
  • Lead the evolving long-term strategy and implementation of improvements/upgrades to the CAGP website to serve as a tool for current and prospective members, volunteers, and the wider philanthropy sector
  • Take ownership, with support from the CEO, of the production of the online Annual Report.
  • Supervise, coach and support the development of the Communications Coordinator.
  • Supervision of contractor(s) engaged to implement projects related to communications (e.g. graphic design, translation, video)
  • Manage the social media for our public-facing brand, Will Power (currently Facebook only) with the support of the Communications Coordinator
  • Carry out delivery of digital fundraising campaigns on behalf of the CAGP Foundation (strategy provided by the Foundation team)
  • Provide communications support and training to the 19 Chapters across Canada upon request
  • Demonstrable senior leadership experience in communications/marketing with at least 5 years of progressive, relevant work experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize across multiple portfolios (or clients), multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Exemplary relationship management skills and a demonstrated commitment to optimal customer service
  • Experience in managing a colleague/direct report
  • Excellent verbal communication skills; articulate with an ability to communicate in a clear, succinct and professional manner, with good judgment, tact and diplomacy
  • Solid writing skills, appropriate to a variety of mechanisms and audiences
  • Experience in overseeing a website and managing day-to-day web maintenance, and working with a customer relationship management system
  • Knowledgeable of and experience with website analytics
  • Deep experience with social media in a professional organizational context
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly when not yet familiar
  • Competency in both official languages            
  • Experience with a variety of cloud marketing and design tools (Canva, Aweber, Mailchimp, Wix, and others)
  • Experience with Drupal and CiviCRM   
  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience with fundraising communications

This is a full-time, parental leave position for a fixed 13-month term, to start ideally on August 2, 2022. The opportunity to work in our Ottawa office on a flexible basis is available, as well as from a home office in other locations.
Compensation will be between $60,000 - $67,000/year, commensurate with experience.

CAGP is committed to employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. 
Deadline for application

Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume by June 3, 2022 to Please note that applications will be assessed as received.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

About us

A Better World Through Strategic Charitable Giving
The Canadian Association of Gift Planners is the only organization in Canada that brings together charitable representatives with donor advisors in one professional association. Among our fundraising, legal and financial peers, we are looked to as the experts in strategic charitable gift planning.

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