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Position: Communications Officer / writer
Type: age 30 & under / summer
Organization: Salal Foundation
Location: anywhere in Canada, preference for Alberta

Start Date: on or before July 8, 2022
Rate: $20-$22/hour

Salal Foundation’s mission is to research, test, and scale innovative strategies that nurture transparency, citizen engagement, democracy, and communities living within natural limits. We maximize the effectiveness of our work by undertaking projects and supporting organizations and leaders advancing innovative strategic solutions in our priority areas.

We’ve hit a growth spurt and are currently looking to increase our communications capacity and content creation. To support our staff, who work remotely from home offices across Canada, we are hoping to hire a word-driven individual who loves to read, write, and research political and other happenings in western Canada. The main duties and tasks will require your own work space, computer, and internet connection.

Note: we have Canada Summer Jobs funding for this position; ideal candidates will meet the eligibility requirements. “Candidates must be 15–30 years of age, a permanent Canadian resident, citizen, or refugee, and work a minimum of 30–40 hours a week for at least 8 weeks in duration. Ongoing employment beyond the CSJ period is possible if superior performer.


As part of a fast growing communications team, your specific skills and interests will join others to deliver on our many current and future projects. We are open to many skills / interests configurations, so let us know what you can do, what you most want to do, and what you want to learn in a communications role that can be partly customized to you.


  • Comfort working within a virtual team environment, e.g. using Zoom, Google Workspace, etc
  • Your own work space, computer, and internet connection
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Curious and observant, seek to understand
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team and independently
  • A desire to help effect change for our collective future on this planet
  • An awareness and openness towards the multitude of perspectives and identities sewn into Canada’s social fabric
  • Be motivated and able to work independently on a variety of projects

Example Responsibilities

  • Research regional trends
  • Monitor daily media
  • Curate and create content for social media channels
  • Generate directions, themes, and messaging for future content
  • Manage social media content and engagement
  • Create graphics for online use
  • Support development of a new campaign
  • Design a landing page for a new campaign
  • Draft an online story for a defined audience
  • Compile relevant info on a current event

Proficiencies / Qualifications

You will likely not have experience with, or want to do all of these, and that’s okay: let us know where you excel and what you would be excited to expend your time with us.

  • Computer / technological proficiency, e.g. Google Suite and office software - word processing, spreadsheets, email, shared file management, task management apps (e.g. Asana, ClickUp)
  • Content creation for social media, e.g. graphic design or photo editing with Canva, Adobe CS, etc
  • Content curation and social media management, e.g. content scheduling and comment moderation with Buffer or Hootsuite
  • Social media content targeting, e.g. custom audiences, growth hacking, etc
  • Social media analytics / reporting
  • Writing and / or editing for online audiences, e.g. blog posts
  • Storytelling and narrative development - figuring out how to communicate something
  • Campaign development - figuring out how to deliver a consistent and effective set of activities
  • Web design, e.g. use a page builder and CSS to build simple websites.
  • Research, e.g. compile sources and synthesize info on a topic
  • Ability to communicate in different voices to different audiences across different channels
  • A strong sense of initiative and ability to spot emerging communications opportunities
  • The ability to listen to ideas and different voices and reflect those perspectives in your storytelling

Additional information

Work hours are flexible as long as you have some availability Mon-Fri 9-5 Pacific Time. The initial expectation (pending funding) is 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (July-August). We will assess fit, availability, and our organizational needs for ongoing work following the initial period. 

At Salal, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Salal believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.

To apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume attention: Jeannette Gysbers, Administrative Director to . This opportunity will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 8 2022    ID: 64762