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Job Posting: Communications Specialist

The Metcalf Foundation is one of Canada’s leading private foundations. Our mission is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society. Our work is focused in three areas:

  • Leveraging opportunities for new approaches and shared learning in the performing arts
  • Building a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada
  • Improving economic livelihoods for low-income people in Toronto

The Foundation has an opening for a Communications Specialist. This is a part-time position (three days a week).

The successful candidate will work closely with the Writer & Communications Lead and other Foundation team members to develop a variety of communications in keeping with the Foundation’s high standards for content.


  • Produce the Foundation’s quarterly newsletter
  • Write and develop stories about the Foundation, its programs, and its grantees
  • Write announcements, news posts, and support the design and development of digital content and communications
  • Help develop and maintain a strategy and schedule for website updates
  • Conduct ongoing reviews of the Foundation’s website to ensure accurate, timely, and engaging content
  • Plan, coordinate, and produce events including report launches, symposiums, workshops, forums, speaker events, and webinars
  • Assist with the creation and production of the Foundation’s biennial reports and specialty papers
  • Help develop media plans and support media relations
  • Identify online trends and help execute social media activities
  • Track and compile metrics and audits of our website traffic, downloads, and campaigns
  • Provide support for database updates and distribution lists
  • Conduct other duties as needed


The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum of three years’ relevant experience
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Ability to make complex ideas understandable and to use storytelling techniques appropriate to specific audiences
  • Experience generating and maintaining website content and producing and publishing newsletters
  • Proven ability to plan and execute events
  • Experience with social media tools and analytics software
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Good attention to detail and ability to plan and take initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, WordPress, and MailChimp on a Mac

Post-secondary education and experience with the non-profit sector would be considered assets. Audio/visual experience, design skills, and familiarity with Adobe Premier, Adobe Connect, and Adobe Photoshop are also definite assets.


Please email a cover letter and resume outlining your interest, qualifications, and salary expectations, to: info@metcalffoundation.com. In the subject line, please use Communications Specialist Search.


December 21, 2015

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