Job opportunity: Communications and Marketing Assistant

Communications and Marketing Assistant, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
16-week Canada Summer Jobs position

Start date, ASAP

End date, 16 weeks after the start date

30 hours per week

Pay $16.60 per hour


United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is seeking a skilled, dedicated, results oriented communications assistant passionate about providing education around pressing social issues and inspiring individuals and service agencies to come together to end homelessness in Nanaimo.  


As an energetic and creative communications/marketing specialist, this is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills in non-profit communications, build relationships with the media in several communities, work with our many corporate and institutional partners as well as research and share motivational copy/materials the inspiring stories from UWCNVI’s community partner agencies.


The position 


Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Communications, the Communications Assistant will be an integral member of a small, high-performing team. Duties include: 


·         Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the annual communications/marketing plan with a focus on Campaign 2020 materials

·         Strategically create social media strategies and execute the content 

·         Research, write and produce website content, blogs etc. including photos

·         Develop, write and share communications pieces such as letters newsletters, e-blasts, and impact stories

·         Update website with engaging relevant content

·         Monitor local and national media

·         Work collectively with other departments to enhance the communications of the organization

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic physical distancing requirements, this position will be based from a home office. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own tools, equipment and workspace.  




To be eligible for the Canada Summer Job program, youth must:

·         be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*

·         be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,

·         have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations*


For this position, the following is preferred

·         Completed or enrolled in Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (or equivalent experience) 

·         0 - 3 years of experience in a communications/marketing role 

·         Excellent writing skills for marketing and promotional purposes 


 Required Knowledge, skills and abilities 


·         Resourceful, good work ethic, team player, and positive attitude 

·         Work effectively under pressure, dealing with high volumes of work and tight deadlines 

·         Excellent skills in MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook 

·         Graphic design skills considered an asset 

·         Ability to work effectively with designers, radio and print media suppliers and other contractors  

·         Proven accuracy and attention to detail 

·         Professional demeanor, attire and presentation required 

·         Social media experience (including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) 

·         Able to plan, deliver analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic communications/marketing plans 

·         Understanding of or ability to learn about non-profit writing motivational copy

·         Ability to work on multiple projects, meet deadlines, and consistently deliver high quality results 

·         Technical proficiency to create website updates

·         Able to build effective relationships within and outside of UWCNVI


How to apply 


If you are looking for an opportunity to be involved in a great cause and to make a difference in your community, please submit your resume and cover letter by 11:59 pm, June 28, 2020.

No phone calls please. For more information, please submit questions via e-mail to 


About United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island 


For over 60 years, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has become the region’s largest single non-profit funder of local social service programs. Last year UWCNVI funded 84 programs helping 51,972 people. UWCNVI is also a catalyst for social change – conducting research, convening coalitions, and influencing public policy to make a difference in local communities from the Malahat to Port Hardy.