WE'RE HIRING!: STORYTELLING SPECIALIST (COMMUNITY LIAISON AND MARKETING SPECIALIST)

Mazon Canada, a small, dynamic, youthful Jewish food security non-profit, is hiring!

About MAZON Canada:


MAZON Canada is a grassroots community foundation that feeds Canadians of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and abilities on behalf of the Jewish community by supporting front-line food projects across the country. We provide grants for food and equipment, and educate and advocate toward an end to hunger in Canada. We know that oppression and poverty are intimately connected to hunger, and that hunger cannot be solved without addressing social inequality.


Our small, dynamic staff (3-5 people) is committed to making the workplace we wish to see in the world: communicative, colourful, effective, enjoyable, mutually supportive, and nourished by expressing and respecting our needs and boundaries. When we grow, our organization grows!

About the Position:


The Storytelling Specialist will liaise with our network of 200 grantee programs across Canada to collected data, photos, testimonials and narratives, and create outreach materials based on these stories that vividly illustrate the urgency of our cause and the success of our work in print, online, and in conversation.


There will be lots of opportunity to see your efforts have a tangible effect on people in need, and the ideal applicant is excited about making that change through doing their job excellently. Our starting salary range for this role is $47,500 - 52,500.


About You:


We are looking for a candidate who is excited to grow in their role as Mazon grows. To this end, we're open to early-career candidates, or those with non-traditional experiences like hobbies, and organizing work in lieu of professional experience for some job criteria.


We are actively seeking applications from candidates belonging to demographics and communities most impacted by food insecurity (Black, Indigenous, disabled, trans, etc). Lived experience of hunger or poverty is an asset. Knowledge of the Canadian Jewish community and culture is preferred, but being Jewish is not a requirement.


The person we're looking for will have the ability to synthesize information quickly, think on their feet, and communicate passionately in print, online, and in person. Broad skill sets, problem-solving and will be valued over experience with a specific software, etc. A small staff also means a teamwork mindset and strong interpersonal communication will be valued - as well as the ability to work independently.

Responsibilities:

Community Liaising:


  • Communicate semi-regularly with our 200+ partner programs to collect stories, data, images and testimonials, including Zoom and phone meetings and occasional site visits

  • Conduct interviews with stakeholders, including board members, donors, and participants who benefit from Mazon’s partner programs, about their experiences and views on hunger relief

  • Take a leadership role in organizing our Allocations process, including announcing grant opportunities by email, collecting and organizing responses, announcing decisions, and supporting the editing of the application and impact report forms

  • Represent Mazon at public and networking events, on Zoom and in person

Marketing and Content Creation


  • Tell stories of hunger, and of Mazon’s impact, through content creation in many formats including print, web, and in conversation

  • Create beautiful, inspiring materials for campaigns and year-round fundraising in line with Mazon’s branding and core values

  • Lead, design and execute mixed-media campaigns including print mailers, social media, blog posts, web landing pages (on Wix) and email marketing

  • Manage and develop our website and online giving portals

General:


  • Creatively seek to improve efficiency and outreach by streamlining processes, learning new relevant skills, and synthesizing different aspects of the work

  • Occasionally support the Executive Director and Financial and Development Officer in their fundraising work

  • Identifying issues in projects under their job description, as well as working together with the team to create solutions

  • Does their part in keeping our office a supportive, effective, and fun working environment!


Required Experience, Qualifications and Traits


  • Very strong communication skills, including listening, writing and speaking (both one-on-one and public), ideally with experience in a non-profit environment

  • Very strong graphic design and marketing skills, ideally with experience in a non-profit environment, using programs like software like Illustrator, InDesign, or Canva

  • Knowledge of poverty, social justice and/or food insecurity in Canada, including activist/organizing, professional, volunteer, community, or lived experience.

  • Familiarity with Jewish culture and the Canadian Jewish community

  • Independent and creative attitude to work

  • Committed team player with ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders


Preferred Experience, Qualifications and Traits


  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent

  • Fundraising experience, professional or volunteer

  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • French fluency


About the Hiring Process:


Candidates under consideration will be contacted, and an interview scheduled within 2 weeks of submission. We are aiming to hire between January and March, with the possibility of exception for the right candidate. Please aim to have your application submitted by Dec 31st, although late applications may be considered.

Other Information


The position is mainly remote with occasional in-person work. During specific seasons (onboarding, campaigns), more in-person work will be required.


Our office: is one block from a subway station and has free parking for employees. We’re in the process of redecorating it! It is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Our office is on the third floor, and the building has an elevator. There is a small lip at the entrance, and the doors are not powered, which will make it unfortunately difficult for wheelchair or power-chair users. The bathrooms are gendered but very private, and a single-stall bathroom is available.


We are an equal-opportunity employer with a deep understanding of the barriers faced by marginalized people while job-hunting and in the workplace. We seek to make our office a safe, supportive space for our employees to bring their full selves and their needs to work.


TO APPLY: Email the following to our Executive Director, Izzy Waxman, at iwaxman@mazoncanada.ca:

  • your resume

  • a unique, relevant cover letter

  • your design portfolio, or at least 3-5 examples of your graphic work

  • 2-3 references