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Digital Marketing Assistant - Youth Internship (4 months) Starting January 2021

(This opportunity is open to youth between the ages of 15 and 30 as part of a government-funded grant program. Applicants must meet ALL of the criteria listed in the Youth Eligibility section below to be considered)

Are you naturally creative, have strong writing skills, an eye for design, are good with computers, technology and have an interest in the field of digital marketing?  We are searching for a social media superhero (cape and mask not required) to work closely with our CEO and Business Marketing Manager (BMM) as our Digital Marketing Assistant!

We aren’t looking for an expert (although experts are welcome to apply) but we need someone with lots of enthusiasm, high creativity (both for ideas and design), a bit of a tech-nerd with a huge aptitude for learning software quickly, who is willing to work hard and have fun while doing it!  This is a great opportunity for a youth wanting to pursue a career in Digital Media or Online Marketing.

A little about us:

Virtual Job Search Coach was founded in 2008 by Stacey Davidson (CEO).  You can check out our website at www.virtualjobsearchcoach.com for all the details and learn everything you wanted to know about the CEO and BMM on the about us page.  In short, we provide Employment Coaching to all levels of Job Seekers globally as well as recruitment and outplacement services to Okanagan-based businesses.  We are on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and have a YouTube channel so feel free to check us out!

Here’s a taste of the kinds of things you can be doing on any given day:

  • Designing social media posts as part of our annual social media calendar (we provide the tools and guidance, you bring your creativity and artistic eye!)
  • Draft digital marketing posts from video scripts (do you like emojis? We do too!)
  • Scheduling posts on multiple social media channels (ex. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)
  • Researching information and drafting blogs, articles, social media and/or newsletters
  • Assisting the CEO and BMM with creating and editing online marketing videos.
  • Creating and editing digital, animated and cartoon videos with cool software (this is fun stuff!)
  • Assisting with designing lead magnet materials and other digital materials (woohoo! creativity time!)
  • Assisting with designing and implementing Facebook, LinkedIn and Google ads campaigns
  • Perform market trends research to help with online content strategies (it’s fun nerdy research stuff!)
  • Setting up email campaigns and working with Mailchimp software
  • Building landing pages (woohoo! more creativity!)
  • Help with setup of website back-links (don’t worry if you don’t know what this is, our CEO doesn’t either – you can learn together!)
  • Perform keyword, hashtag and trends research and create lists (it’s way more fun than it sounds!)
  • Assist with setup and launching of automated webinars
  • Perform data entry as required (sounds boring right?… don’t worry, we’ll keep it to a minimum!)
  • Research new digital software programs as requested and make recommendations (we might be old dogs but we are open to learning new tricks!)
  • Monitor social media analytics and help the CEO identify and determine which online strategies are working most effectively for the business (you get to be the Sherlock Holmes of data!)

Skills & Qualifications

  • If you have some formal course training or education in social media, digital marketing or related skills – fantastic! However we also value self-taught skills and experience.
  • Very good writing skills will be considered a huge asset!
  • Some experience with video editing and design software is ideal.
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms and how to create posts.
  • The ability to juggle….. (multiple priorities and tasks) is very important.
  • Familiarity with software for Desktop Publishing, Graphic and/or Video Design and online marketing is an asset – Here are some of the ones we use: Doodly, PresenterMedia, Picmonkey, Canva, Crello, FilmoraX, Google Docs, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, Mailchimp, Photo editing software, WordPress, Zoom.

Wage & Term:

This is a 4 month, full-time internship.  This role pays $17-20/hr (based on skills & experience).  The position is available to start ASAP.

This will be a remote work from home position. We work out of our home and don’t operate under traditional business hours so we are able to offer some flexibility with the working hours.

We are very serious about the quality of our work, our business ethics, our reputation and the services we offer but we also believe life is too short not to love what we do so in case you haven’t guessed it – we like to have a little fun and a sense of humour too!  So if this opportunity sounds like a good fit for you then we definitely want to hear from you!

YOUTH ELIGIBILITY: (these requirements are dictated by the Government of Canada, Innovate BC – Digital Skills For Youth Program and are non-negotiable)

To participate in the Digital Skills for Youth Program, a Youth Intern must:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30, inclusive, at the start of the internship
  • Be a post-secondary graduate (i.e. has completed a diploma or degree following secondary education),
  • Not be in receipt of EI during the course of the work placement,
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizen, permanent Resident or person who has been granted refugee status), and
  • Self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment, or are unemployed.

Youth who self-identify as women, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), member of an official language minority community, new immigrant, refugee, a person with a disability, a visible minority or LGBTQ2S+ or who live in a rural or remote location, will be given special consideration.

How to Apply:

We are less interested in your resume and more interested in WHY we should hire you!  We encourage you to submit a resume…. but what we really want to see is a LETTER (or video) explaining Why You Are The Best Person For This Job!  Tell us a little about yourself – things like: your talents, describe your software and technical skills, your education, what your goals are, your dream job, what you do in your spare time, your favourite colour……this is your chance to show us how creative you are!

If you have a social media channel, blog, website, artwork or samples of your graphic or writing skills you’d like to share with us – we’d love to see them!

To apply, please EMAIL Stacey Davidson at [email protected] ideally before Thursday, December 31st, 2020.  We get over 100 emails per day so please put “SUPERHERO” in your email subject line so you stand out. J

We are excited to hear from you!

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Are you a highly organized, energetic and enthusiastic people-person?  Do you love engaging with the public and being an ambassador for nature and education?  We are looking for a Centre Manager to join our staff team of super heroes to manage the general operations of Allan Brooks Nature Centre. 

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s (ABNC) mission is to increase public awareness, appreciation and stewardship of nature in the Okanagan by providing firsthand opportunities to see and learn of the Okanagan’s unique and diverse natural history, information programs & displays, and showcasing its natural areas and features, as well as the heritage of the person Allan C. Brooks.  To learn more about Allan Brooks Nature Centre, visit ABNC website: www.abnc.ca

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Centre Manager is responsible for successfully managing and leading the ABNC’s entire operations ensuring the safe, efficient and positive running of the organization in order to support the accomplishment of ABNC’s mission and objectives. The focus of the position will include fundraising and fund sourcing, public relations and community outreach, staff leadership, financial and administrative management, overseeing effective marketing strategy of ABNC as well as the successful delivery of dynamic and interactive educational programs and exhibits, and delivering value to every stakeholder.  

Key Responsibilities include:

Financial, Administrative, HR & Board Support

  • Implement, manage and ensure compliance with governance policies and procedures that have been established by the Board of Directors. Consults with the Board on opportunities, challenges and situations affecting the organization.
  • Attend ABNC Board and Annual General Membership Meetings and assist when requested in the organization of board meetings such as scheduling, drafting agendas, compiling minutes as needed. 
  • In collaboration with department staff, report program outcomes/accomplishments and results to the Board and relevant stakeholders. 
  • Provide financial and/or operations information in preparation for annual report and board reports. Ensure that fiscal reports are appropriate for legal requirements and for funding partners. 
  • Maintain employee files, monitor and approve payroll, facilitate reimbursement of volunteer and staff expense claims; work closely with the Bookkeeper to monitor receipts, expenditures and cash flow; report to the Board monthly.
  • Compile documentation and ensure all hours and costs have been allocated for projects appropriately.
  • Perform data entry and analysis functions; answer inquiries, draft, review and revise documents, correspondence and reports including formatting, proofreading and designing document layouts.
  • Manage, lead, develop, hire and retain staff. Create an effective work environment where ideas are shared, collaboration occurs and results are obtained.
  • In collaboration with the HR Committee, provide all staff with annual performance evaluations and performance improvement plans, as required.
  • Participate on several Board committees as required. Provide and facilitate flow of information between Board, Committees, staff and volunteers. 

 

  • Operational
    As Manager and part of the ABNC staff team, contribute collectively to supporting operational needs of the organization. This includes answering phones, covering the front desk, participating in various fundraising events, program activities and awareness campaigns.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with the Board, staff, volunteers, members, visitors, sponsors, the community and general public, government and media, maintaining ABNC’s reputation and commitment to service.
  • Oversee and provide leadership and management of day-to-day office Centre operations. Delegate projects and tasks as appropriate (in collaboration with core staff) to summer staff and volunteers. 
  • Be alert to potential issues and opportunities that may affect the Centre and ensure that proactive actions are taken.
  • Implement the strategic plan, monitor set objectives, and ensure goals are met. 
  • Identify, develop and implement new and improved policies, establish standards, and procedures in order to support and improve efficiency and accommodate ABNC’s operational functions. 
  • Primary resource for matters related to licenses, warranties, registrations, insurance, office automation, information systems or equipment problems and liaises with contractors and suppliers to resolve problems.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers work in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment in accordance with WorkSafe BC Standards, ABNC’s policies and mission.
  • Assist the Building & Grounds Committee as necessary in coordinating specific buildings & grounds activities, improvements and repairs.

 

Fund Development, Fundraising, Public Relations & Community Outreach

  • Lead fund development initiatives including grant opportunities as well as seek and engage donors, supporters, sponsors and other stakeholders through directed campaigns, partnerships and events.
  • Research potential sources of funds for new and existing programs and inform the Board for decision to apply and for inclusion in Centre’s planning process.
  • Act as ABNC representative to other community organizations. Improve collaboration and communication between ABNC and partners such as OCCP, government agencies such as the City and Regional Districts, contractors, volunteers, Naturalist clubs, other non-profit organizations, and the community.
  • Maintain and build relationships to identify and acquire sources of funding for the Centre.
  • Deliver public speaking presentations and live media interviews as required. 
  • In collaboration with the Board Committee, develop media and marketing strategies for ABNC events, programs, and campaigns.

Work Term: Full-time (35 hours/week, 30 minute unpaid lunch) to accommodate Centre Operations with flexibility to work weekends and evenings for special events as needed.

Salary: $45,000
 
Qualifications, Abilities and requirements:

  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Business Management or similar plus several years of progressive experience in the non-profit sector. Equivalent work experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience working within non-profit, tourism, educational or customer focused organizations is an asset.
  • Collaborative leadership and team-oriented work style; able to train, supervise, mentor, motivate, inspire and engage a diverse group of staff and volunteers. 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution and relationship building skills.
  • Confident public speaking and presentation skills for emceeing public events and media interviews.
  • Exceptional customer service focus with ability to engage the public.
  • Strong computer skills, MS Office, database management and record keeping skills. 
  • Self-directed, highly organized with strong coordination skills.  Ability to multi-task, prioritize, problem solve, work well under pressure and adapt quickly to changing priorities.
  • Analytical with an aptitude for interpreting financial information with high attention to detail, good spelling, grammar and proofreading.
  • Knowledge of local nature, animals and ecosystems is an asset
  • Flexibility and willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the role and ABNC program scheduling needs.
  • Passionate about nature, education and working with a great group of people while having fun!


The position requires candidates to:

  • provide a Criminal Records Check (since you will be working around children and with vulnerable populations)
  • have a valid BC Driver’s License and be willing to provide a driver’s abstract for review
  • have or willing to obtain Occupational First Aid Level 1 (or acceptable equivalent)

 
How to apply:

Please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to the attention of Stacey Davidson, HR Director at: [email protected]Please DO NOT apply in-person at the Centre (the Centre is closed for the winter).  

 

The position will start March 15th or sooner if possible and the posting will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will be held accordingly.

Please state “Manager” in your email subject line.

 

Thank you in advance for your interest – we will do our best to reply to all applicants; however, in the event of a high number of applications only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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