Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) - TORONTO

Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of campaign and communication strategies. They will also be responsible for other organizational duties as assigned.

About AECEO

The AECEO is the professional association for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) in Ontario. AECEO advocates for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and working conditions for all RECEs. The AECEO’s mission is to build and support a strong collective voice for RECEs so they can participate in and influence positive change that benefits children, families, educators and communities.

AECEO is a membership based organization with approximately 2,000 current members. Our members are individual RECEs, ECE students, early years staff and child care organizations/programs from across Ontario.

About the Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign

Since 2013 the AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members in Ontario to advocate for quality affordable early years and child care programs where RECEs and staff are well-supported with professional pay and decent work. The overarching goal of this campaign is to build and sustain an ECE led movement for decent work.The Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator will assume a leadership role within the Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign.The campaign is a project funded by the Atkinson Foundation Decent Work Fund. Our project partners include the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), Institute for Change Leaders (ICL) and Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development.

Deliverables

As part of our organizing efforts we have established 5 Local Decent Work Advocacy Teams in Toronto, Halton, Waterloo, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. Each team has approximately 10 volunteer members. The Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator will assist the AECEO in delivering the expected outcomes for 2018-19:

  • Recruit 50-100 new campaign volunteers (10 in each Local Team)
  • Bring in 2,000 more AECEO members by 2020
  • Engage at least 10% of the membership in the campaign
  • Provide a one-day team building workshop in each of the 5 communities where we have a Local Decent Work Advocacy Team
  • Provide the 2-day Building Skills for Change in Early Years and Child Care training workshop in two new communities
  • Establish 2 new Local Decent Work Advocacy Teams
  • Provide live facilitator development/training webinars
  • Host a provincial summit on Full Day Kindergarten

 

Job Description

The Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of campaign and communication strategies. They will also be responsible for other organizational duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities

Community Organizing and Campaign Coordination

  • Develop, implement and advise on campaign plans, strategies and materials/tools
  • Recruit and coordinate campaign volunteers and support the development of new local decent work advocacy teams through outreach initiatives and management/analysis of NationBuilder database
  • Coordinate mentorship and support for local decent work advocacy teams and volunteers
  • Oversee development of local decent work advocacy teams’ campaign events and activities
  • Travel to and make presentations at community events and other outreach opportunities
  • Establish and maintain professional working relations with members, community and sector partners/stakeholders and leaders, organizations, government and the College of Early Childhood Educators

 Communications

  • Manage the organization’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) including the development and execution of creative, engaging social media strategies, creating original posts/content, sharing sector/decent work campaign news, and responding to followers/comments
  • Develop, format and schedule AECEO e-blasts on NationBuilder
  • Plan, develop and coordinate marketing strategies as they relate to professional learning or decent work campaign events including programs, promotional strategies and materials, and outreach
  • Participate in the development and implementation of membership outreach, retention and recruitment efforts/campaigns and materials
  • Draft & disseminate press releases/media advisories and contribute to the creation of AECEO policy responses and submissions to government
  • Contribute to the content, publication and dissemination process for the AECEO’s quarterly eceLINK magazine

 Website Management

  • Manage all aspects of the organization’s NationBuilder website including maintenance & development, content creation, and architecture/layout

 Professional Learning and Campaign/Project Events

  • Lead and coordinate professional learning and decent work campaign/project events; oversee registration and all event arrangements and logistics.

 

Qualifications

Degree in Communications, Humanities, Social or Political Science, Early Childhood Education or related field of study, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills, knowledge and experience

 Required

  • At least one-year experience in campaign and community organizing
  • Project and time management skills
  • Ability to administer a non-partisan campaign including knowledge of the rules for registered charitable corporations
  • Strong written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to travel within Ontario
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

 Preferred

  • Experience lobbying politicians/government on public policy
  • Experience working collaboratively with Labour groups
  • Website management/maintenance experience including familiarity with HTML/CSS, NationBuilder platform
  • NationBuilder or similar database management experience
  • G drivers license or equivalent full drivers license

 Asset

  • Knowledge of/experience in early childhood education sector or women’s issues
  • Knowledge of Public Narrative Framework and the Snowflake organizing model
  • Video creation/editing experience/skills

The AECEO welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the employment equity categories of women, trans people, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientations and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. If you are contacted by the AECEO regarding this job opportunity, and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

We thank all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This is a full time, salaried, contract position for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Salary: 45,000/year, plus benefits after 3 months

Work location: AECEO Office, 489 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Application deadline:  Monday January 22, 2018

Please send your resume and covering letter to:info@aeceo.ca 


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