The First Nations Financial Management Board (The FMB) is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes First Nations Financial Management and Financial Performance Standards and upon request certifies First Nations compliance to those standards. The FMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.
The FMB is one of the First Nation institutions created through the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA). This federal legislation is designed primarily to provide participating First Nations with the tools and capacity needed to facilitate their participation in long-term pooled borrowing through the Capital Markets – on a similar basis as other governments in Canada – to support their social and economic development objectives.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Communications Manager will develop and implement an effective organizational communication strategy promoting the mandate and programs of the Financial Management Board (FMB) to increase branding reputation, public awareness, and participation.
The Communications Manager is an integral part of creating and delivering information, both inside and outside of FMB by supporting Public Relation efforts. As the communications expert, the Communications Manager coordinates and collaborates with all FMB business lines.
- Leads the strategic development of the communications strategy for FMB, including implementation and evaluation to measure the effectiveness of the strategy;
- Manages and prepares all marketing materials including presentation kits, direct mail, print and web advertising, newsletters, articles, blogs, e-mail campaigns, and internal marketing messages;
- Responsible for managing the organization’s social media channels, including content development monitoring, issues management and analytics;
- Leads the development of all corporate communications materials and acts as key point of contact for external partners to support CEO and executive team;
- Accountable for the annual budget for the corporate communication function; maintaining quarterly budget reports to ensure communications targets align with vision and mission of the organization;
- Responsible for all internal and external messaging in a concise and easy to understand for the targeted audience (plain language);
- Strong understanding of our audience; ability to utilize key demographics to target communications efforts;
- Build and maintain strong community and public relations by attending various events; acting as the spokesperson and trusted liaison for collaboration;
- Manages all media relations for the organization, such as responding to media inquiries, issuing media advisories, press releases, organizing press/media events, and pitches proactive coverage;
- Knowledge of continuous improvement practices and makes recommendations for process improvements;
- Awareness of external partners/business environment and industry news;
- Bachelors’ degree in, Communications, English, Journalism, or relevant field;
- 5+ years’ experience as a communication, copywriter, or Public Relations;
- Experience working with Indigenous Governments, organizations and communities considered a strong asset;
- Experience in developing and executing strategic communications plans;
- Excellent communicator with a strong command of written and spoken English; French language skills considered an asset;
- Exceptional relationship building skills;
- Demonstrated effective writing skills, content development and editing skills;
- Demonstrated strong understanding of digital and social channels;
- Ability to create visually appealing materials, graphic design skills are considered an asset;
- Working knowledge and experience preparing budgets;
- Effective working skills of Microsoft Suite and Adobe Products;
- Ability to attend and conduct presentations.
Equivalent or relevant education and/or experience may be considered.
- Conveys information, both verbally and written, with confidence, consistency, and clarity, using active listening techniques to effectively understand provided feedback, summarizing information according to the audience to promote engagement and increase understanding.
- Plans work and carries out tasks without detailed instructions; makes constructive suggestions; prepares for problems or opportunities in advance; responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision; creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing problems;
- Shows commitment to the organizational vision and strategic goals by acting in accordance to organizational expectations and through having a solid understanding of the internal environment.
- Develops and maintains effective partnerships with others internally and externally to the organization; gaining others’ support for ideas, proposals, and solutions;
- Consistently displays professionalism and confidence, creating a positive impression as an individual and representative of FMB.
- This position is based in West Vancouver, British Columbia;
- Current remote working due to COVID;
- Requires national travel (on hold);
- Evening and weekend work may be required.
What We Offer
- Competitive salary with bonus eligibility;
- Flexible 37.5-hour work week
- Employer paid extended benefits;
- Matching group RRSP contributions;
- Generous annual vacation allowance and paid stat & non-stat days;
- Work-life balance;
- Professional development & career growth opportunities.
FMB is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of all First Nations and people across Canada. We are an inclusive organization that treats all employees equally. As a First Nations Organization, applicants of Indigenous descent are highly encouraged to apply.