Director of Communications
- Social Capital Partners
- Toronto, ON
- Job Type
- Deadline for Applications
- How to Apply
- Submit a resume and cover letter to our online portal.
- Where to Apply
Social Capital Partners (“SCP”) is hiring a Director of Communications to create and execute a strategy to amplify their activities and ideas, described briefly below and in this post, focused on building a more resilient and inclusive economy. The Director of Communications plays a key role in clearly articulating why and how their economy needs to be owned more broadly to investors, governments, business owners, and the impact community.
The position of Director of Communications works closely with all SCP staff and reports to the Managing Director.
The successful candidate will find the narrative below (and in the post identified above) compelling, and will want to play a major role in bringing these issues to the forefront. They will be able to demonstrate their past and current interest in economic justice, as we believe a passion for their mission will be required to communicate our ideas. They will be open-minded and curious, and willing to see issues and topics in new ways and frame them for new audiences. They will have a scrappy, entrepreneurial mind-set enabling them to successfully work independently. They will help us develop a clear communications strategy and be a strong enough editor to keep them on message while maintaining their voice. They will have experience in public and media relations, and be able to demonstrate skill in writing and digital design. While they will have a budget to use third-party support, they will be interested in producing content and directly managing their media assets where appropriate. While we are a small team, we aim to expand and increase their advocacy over time. There are likely to be opportunities to lead advocacy campaigns (like their Canadian employee ownership campaign) in the future, as well as pursue long-form writing.
Why join SCP
A career with purpose: their only objective is broadening economic opportunity and increasing economic justice.
Meaningful internal influence: their small team works closely together and benefits from independent funding, which allows everyone to have a say in what we work on and how we operate.
Meaningful external influence: we tend to punch above their weight, and as a result their work can sometimes get a lot of exposure and attention.
Independence and freedom: because we’re small, each member needs to pick up and run with a number of different initiatives and because of their independent funding we encourage and expect people to take risks in their work.
The thrill of winning and losing big: we take risks, and as a result in any given year we will have some big wins and some big losses. Both are exhilarating and drive great learning.
Develop a clear communications strategy for SCP’s ownership agenda, with budgets, objectives, and ways of measuring results
Produce in-house and manage outsourced production of content, as per communications strategy or more urgently as a result of changing circumstances, including press releases, op-eds, twitter threads, blog posts
Design and implement public relations or media relations campaigns
Provide editorial and communications strategy feedback on internally generated content, which may be long-form or short-form writing (as per their Medium page and LinkedIn profile), presentations or speeches, understanding the different voices of SCP colleagues
Source and oversee third party vendors for communications activities that can’t be performed internally
Manage current media assets, such as website, newsletter, Medium, Facebook and Twitter, including producing social media content as needed. Identify and build where gaps exist and curate assets as needed.
Ensure a consistent and attractive design across all their assets and content
Build an editorial and style guide to ensure consistency of messages and story
Develop relationships with like-minded organizations to support, amplify, and encourage others who we think are driving other parts of the solution.
Experienced communications professional (7+ years) with a broad range of skills from the strategic to the tactical
A talent for strategic storytelling and for making complex ideas understandable and appropriate to specific audiences
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Demonstrable passion for the SCP mission and story
Proven ability to execute media plans and generate media interest
Strong organizational and project management skills
Excellent attention to detail and the ability to take initiative and work independently
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
Experience creating and managing a variety of digital content, including websites, newsletters, and social media posts
Basic knowledge of finance, and working understanding of basic economics. Some of their ideas are complicated to communicate, and this knowledge will be helpful, as is exposure to or experience with economic think tanks, universities, financial media or financial institutions.
Experience managing third-party contractors or service providers
Solid understanding of the media landscape, including magazines, newspapers, broadcast, blogs, radio, trade magazines, webinars, podcasts, and more, in Canada and the US (if possible)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Mac), SquareSpace, MailChimp, Google Analytics, and social media platforms
Preference for Toronto-based but open to remote
This is a full-time, permanent position and includes an attractive benefits package.
While we are flexible on the start date, we have a preference to start as soon as possible. We are also willing to consider alternative work schedules to fit with different lifestyles and family needs. If this is something that appeals to you, please suggest how you’d like to work and help them understand how it could fit the needs of the role.
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role by April 30, 12:00pm EDT through their careers portal.
Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. SCP is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We believe that a team of diverse experiences, abilities and perspectives contributes to more successful and impactful work. Therefore, we are happy to accommodate any reasonable individual needs throughout the application process. If you require any accommodation, please contact them.
During COVID-19 their team has been working remotely, and we anticipate continuing to do so for the foreseeable future. While this position will start in a remote work environment, their preference is for hiring a candidate who intends to join them in office when health conditions permit.
For more information and to submit an application visit: https://secure.collage.co/
Founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Young, SCP uses capital to address social inequities. Our independent funding allows us to play the role that’s needed most, whether that be as an investor or by designing and implementing new financial tools. Past examples of our work include investing in social enterprises, supporting early-stage impact funds and launching a new loan product that incentivized small businesses to hire people facing employment barriers. While most of our work is as a capital provider, we also use our understanding of business and finance to advocate for public policy change, such as support for social finance and improvements to the employment and training system.
Our current focus is on reducing wealth inequality by creating business ownership opportunities for people who would otherwise not have them. We believe that in order to address the systemic issues with our economy, ownership needs to be more broadly held. We’re partnering with pension funds to invest in employee ownership, which we believe can be a compelling alternative to private equity transactions. We’re providing seed capital to start-ups that are leveling the playing field for small businesses. And we’re helping launch new funds that are dedicated to alternative forms of ownership. In addition, we recognize that the political environment dictates what is possible, so we’re unafraid of taking on public policy initiatives related to this work.
In the past year our work has gained significant momentum. Our small team partnered with a pension fund for the financing of Taylor Guitar’s sale to its 1,200 employees, which was the first ever pension fund-backed employee ownership transition. We’ve helped launch two campaigns that had a significant impact on charities and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and launched a major report outlining the path to a more equal distribution of business ownership in Canada. We believe we’re on the cusp of leading real change, and are looking to grow our team in order to accelerate our impact. In our future we will make investments, seed new platforms, advocate policy and influence public opinion all geared toward re-balancing our economy and reducing inequality. We’re looking for people who, like us, feel like the economy is out of balance, and want to apply their skills to create meaningful change.