Salary/Salaire: : CA$120,000/yr - CA$130,000/yr

Website UFCW 1518

We fight for fairness

UFCW 1518 is hiring a Senior Director of Communications to join our team.

Join us in the fight for fairness.


About UFCW 1518

At UFCW 1518, we believe that we are stronger together. Everyone deserves safe and respectful working conditions and a healthy community. By continuing to win fights for fairness, organize workers in diverse industries, and support causes that benefit communities, we work together to improve the quality of life for all British Columbians.

We are a democratic, member-driven union that is built on a foundation of integrity and respect. We are committed to working hard for our members, fighting for higher wages, better benefits, job security and fair treatment. We also use our voice to speak up on issues that impact our communities, such as implementing a living wage and standing against discrimination.

A Day in The Life

As the Senior Director of Communication, you will be leading the charge for fairness, overseeing all Communications and Campaigns for UFCW 1518 and playing a key role in advancing our mission and expanding our reach. Reporting directly to the Managing Director, Member Engagement & Growth, you will spearhead scalable operations, ensuring swift and impactful communication with both our members and stakeholders. Your responsibilities will include:

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic leadership and support for communications and campaign initiatives, working closely with the Managing Director of Member Engagement & Growth.
  • Leading the communications department while setting and maintaining best practices.
  • Overseeing and managing UFCW 1518’s content strategy (e,g. social media calendar, website posts)
  • Performing quality control oversite for all content produced by the department, in particular mass email and press communications, as well as social media
  • Sharing the vision of leadership with the team and ensuring that we have a consistent messaging of our strategy throughout the organization.
  • Cultivating and managing media and stakeholder relationships.
  • Working closely with the Organizing department to develop and execute joint digital lead generation strategies
  • Working closely with the Representation department to support member engagement during contract negotiations or within disengaged units
  • Leading digital advertisement and online communication initiatives that utilize modern tools to expand our reach and engage both union members and the public.
  • Developing operational plans and managing budgets for communications and campaign-related activities.
  • Ensuring consistent alignment with organizational strategy across all messaging.
  • Guiding and supporting Union Representatives and Organizers to amplify our message effectively.
  • Collaborating with the Managing Director of Member Engagement & Growth-, overseeing recruitment, hiring, and succession planning within the team
  • Resolving people-related issues within the team, managing performance and fostering a culture of growth and development.

Qualifications and other Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field is required, an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in a senior communication role, preferably within a labour or progressive organization
  • A proven track record of successful campaign management and strong writing skills.
  • Strong project management and digital skills (experience using Asana, WordPress, social media scheduling platforms, preferred)
  • Extensive successful campaign, writing and editing experience across print and online communications and campaigns with a portfolio.
  • Innovative and creative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans.
  • You are a senior-level communications and campaign professional with extensive experience and can instinctively develop and manage the key components of effective communication plans and delivery.
  • Effective team building and management skills will be critical in this role.
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching communications specialists.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Political acumen and enhanced proficiency in utilizing modern communication tools and technology platforms to mobilize union members and the public
  • Progressive values, with a commitment to social, racial, gender and economic justice
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License.
  • The role requires discretion, political judgement, and a broad understanding of the labour movement in British Columbia.
  • Languages other than English is a desirable skill.

Why UFCW 1518?

UFCW 1518 values our team’s meaningful contributions and unmatched expertise that are integral to achieving our ambitious goals. As a joining member of our team, you can expect:

Competitive compensation package. The compensation range is $120k-130k.Extended health benefits and dental plan to value the well-being of you and your family.Car allowance, insurance, and gas card plus salary compensation for any work-related travel costs.Eligibility for our Pension Plan to set you up for happiness and success down the road.Generous paid time-off, starting with 15 vacation days, accrued personal time off, and statutory holidays to prioritize work-life balance.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for in your next opportunity, we want to hear from you! Apply with your resume and cover letter today.

UFCW 1518 is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. BIPOC, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.

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