Position: Communications Coordinator 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 Coordinator role is responsible for planning, supporting, and executing internal and external communications activities, with the guidance of the Communication Lead, Project Managers and Business Development leads. The individual will be responsible to create engaging content in alignment with the Communication Strategy and audience (policymakers, environmental organizations, clients, stakeholders, and the community). This is a volunteer role, without remuneration, for people passionate to make a positive impact in our society. It is a remote, project-based role that may evolve into other duties over the course of 12 months.
- Research, draft and support a variety of communication artifacts as per the Communication Strategy and Communication Plans.
- Coordinate the delivery of communication artifacts published in several channels: Website, Social Media, external emails, print, presentations to partners and customers, electronic forums or external events, as per the detailed Communication Plans
- Collect and organize visual asset material (email templates, presentations, artwork, video clips, etc.)
- Collect and organize Communication research, such as content topics, partners, players, stakeholder’s contacts, as needed
- Maintain the communications assets up-to-date in the project shared folders, including version controls
- Coordinate email campaigns, including template designs, calls-to-action, and announcements
- Assist in the organization and facilitation of project meetings and virtual events, as needed
- Research and develop communication content in collaboration with project team members, Marketing, Business Development teams.
- Maintain mailing lists and email distribution tools up-to-date, such as MailChimp
- Produce and distribute scheduled and/or ad-hoc communication updates, such as newsletters, for the external communities
- Coordinate and review the creation of promotional materials in collaboration with Marketing, Sales and Business Development, including communication design
- Prepare and coordinate translation service requests, along with appropriate communication artifacts, to 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 tasks
- Recently graduated or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or diploma program in a related field: Business Communications, Creating Writing, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Political Sciences
- Impeccable written and oral communications skills in English; proficiency in French, Spanish, Chinese and other languages is an asset
- Strong organizational skills and superior attention to detail
- Above average computer skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and email distribution tools, such as MailChimp
- Working experience with WordPress is an asset
- Project management skills
- Stakeholder management skills
- 1 to 2 years of related experience (academic or professional)
- Enthusiasm, creativity and strong organizational skills
- Ability to work in a virtual setting individually and as part of a team
- Flexibility to adapt to changes as the organization gets defined and grows in face of the changing environmental and economical landscapes
- Understanding of best practices in public relations, including media, community and government relations, and advocacy
- Familiarity with environmental and climate change issues
- Collaboration and knowledge sharing spirit - 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 learn and practice leadership skills and build your career path within a safe, supporting team that work together to set the organization for success
- Expand your portfolio of communication programs and initiatives
- Opportunity for mentorship within a project management context
- 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
- Learn more on the latest regulations and trends on zero plastic waste management and players.
- Contribute to be part of the solution!
To Apply for this Position:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 about 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 becomes 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.