Position: Communications Lead - Volunteer
Organization: Fork On The Road
Location: virtual / preference for volunteers living in Toronto, Ontario
Fork on the Road: Helping restaurants transition from single use plastic items
The Communications Lead role is responsible for managing all internal and external communications projects, initiatives, and ongoing operations for the organization, as well as providing guidance and direction on communication best practices, ensuring the overall alignment and consistency of communications across projects/initiatives. This is a volunteer role, without remuneration, for people passionate to make a positive impact in our society. It will be remote and serve on a 12-month term, renewable depending on the organizational needs, performance and outcomes.
- Research and analyze communication stakeholders and target audiences.
- Research and develop communication content to internal project teams and leaders.
- Guide internal team members to adopt communication best practices in order to achieve optimal impact, with the intended messaging and expected value.
- Identify the impact of communications on project changes and activities.
- Create consistent messaging to drive engagement of Fork On The Road services and events.
- Develop, manage and execute Communication Strategy and detailed Communication Execution Plans.
- Define plan, execute the plan, and report on the progress of communication activities.
- Manage and oversee email campaigns, including template designs, calls-to-action, and announcements.
- Ensure that mailing lists and keep email distribution tools, such as MailChimp, regularly updated.
- Liaise with Marketing, Business Development and Web Design teams to direct and shape the right content and tone of communication to be shared or published in several channels: Website, Social Media, external emails, print, presentations to partners and customers, electronic forums or external events, as per the Communication Strategy and Plans.
- Review, approve, monitor and disseminate communication artifacts and ensure cohesiveness of message, purpose and value across multiple channels.
- Produce and manage scheduled and/or ad-hoc communication updates, such as newsletters, for the external communities.
- Direct and review the creation of promotional materials in collaboration with Marketing, Sales, and Business Development, including communication design.
- Manage translation service requests with 3rd party translation services, where applicable.
- Promote and execute a positive image of Fork On The Road organization.
- Attend project and working team meetings and provide status updates on communication activities.
- University or College degrees in related fields: Business Communications, Creating Writing, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Environmental Planning and Management, Political Sciences.
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
- Stakeholder management.
- Flexibility to adapt to changes as the organization gets defined and grows in face of the changing environmental and economical landscapes.
- Have a strategic vision, ability to work toward short and long-term milestones, while keeping attention to detail.
- 1 to 3 years of experience in working in a project-based setting, in hands-on communications coordination or lead roles.
- Experience working in environmental, sustainability, non-profit organizations is an asset.
- Knowledge of best practices in public relations, including media, community and government relations, and advocacy.
- Collaboration and knowledge-sharing spirit - the ability to work cooperatively to achieve group and organizational goals, keeping the client first and foremost.
- Time commitment to carry on the organization's activities may vary from 8 to 12 hours/week.
- Candidates should expect to attend a minimum of 75% of the scheduled team meetings per year.
What’s In It For Me?
- You will have the opportunity to grow your leadership skills and strengthen your career path within a safe, supporting team who works together to set the organization for success.
- You will have space to be creative, dynamic and show your passion, where thinking outside of the box is welcomed and divergent opinions are respected.
- Flexibility to propose new ideas, experiment, and learn new skills with other team members.
- You will have exposure to zero plastic waste players, partners, and influencers and expand your professional network in that space.
- Contribute to be part of the solution!
To Apply for this Position:
Send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Candidate’s name
- Subject Line: Communications Lead Position
- Candidate’s resume with relevant work experience
- A short introduction explaining why the candidate is a good fit for the position, their qualifications
- Your weekly availability that you can comfortably commit to
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Fork On The Road - Background
Fork On The Road (FOTR) is a grassroots organization that aims to help restaurants in Toronto to navigate through and adopt solutions in face of the new regulation to achieve zero plastic waste by the end of 2030.
In October 2020, the Federal Government announced a comprehensive plan that includes banning harmful single-use plastic items like bags, straws, and food ware.
A key part of the plan is a ban on harmful single-use plastic items where there is evidence that they are found in the environment, are often not recycled, and have readily available alternatives. Based on those criteria, the six items the Government proposes to ban are plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics.
There is a concern on the financial vulnerability of restaurant owners with the added costs this transition may bring during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, the increased amount of waste being generated as delivery and pick-up become more prevalent.
Our mission at FOTR is to ensure restaurants in Canada are best equipped with the knowledge, support and resources to successfully make this transition, addressing both their financial concerns and environmental responsibilities.