JOB POSTING: BILINGUAL Communications and Development Officer

26 February 2023
February 26, 2023


Come and join our small, but dynamic, feminist team! If you are passionate about working to advance substantive equality for all women and are a team player, we are currently accepting resumes for a fully bilingual tech-savvy Communications and Development Officer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Officer will take on a multi-faceted role that includes fundraising, donor stewardship, direct mail, and other fund development initiatives to build and sustain donor support, as well as website management, marketing and communications strategies, social media content creation and sharing, as well as copywriting and editing.

About NAWL

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), based in Ottawa, is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that works to achieve substantive equality and the realization of human rights for all women in Canada through legal education, research, strategic intervention, coalition work and feminist law reform advocacy, particularly at the federal level.

Key Responsibilities

Communications (45%)

Writing and Content Management

  • Develop and implement strategic knowledge mobilization and communications plan that is tied to key projects and lobbying timelines for law reform projects and activities; align messaging across all communications channels with our brand and style guide and ensure inclusive, feminist, and bilingual consistency in all NAWL’s communications.
  • Develop an editorial calendar and coordinate in the planning, writing, and scheduling of communications and posts across social media applications.
  • Writing in both French and English of content for both print and web including but not limited to the website, newsletter, e-mailers, social media, op-eds, media releases, presentations, and brochures or other promotional/fundraising materials
  • Designing and editing graphics, video or audio for print and digital as needed
  • Through content creation, stoke excitement for the issues we’re passionate about, for the importance of feminist law reform advocacy and help issues affecting women’s substantive equality be seen and heard by women across Canada and on Parliament Hill.
  • Content determination and strategy; position will entail determining strategic communications for timely campaign and lobbying-related actions and activities.

Website & Social Media Channels

  • Regular updating and maintenance of the main WordPress website (as well as micro and project-specific websites), including website development with graphic designers, expansion of integration with advocacy apps; implementation of strategies to maximize website community accessibility and communications, ensuring up to date and accurate information relating to the organization, as well as ensures the website is effective for fund development initiatives.
  • Managing social media calendar and posting bilingual valuable, shareable content regularly.
  • Monitoring social media and online presence and flagging/elevating online engagement to management as necessary.
  • Coordinating and executing e-mail campaigns.

Media Relations

  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with local media outlets, social influencers, online and print channels.

Fundraising (45%)

  • Writing of funding proposals.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director in community engagement initiatives, events, and grant writing and in researching funding sources to support the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Seek opportunities to grow individual giving (i.e. monthly donors, tribute giving, etc.) and to secure new individual donors (i.e. monthly donors), secure support from local businesses (including in-kind), and secure major gifts (in consultation with the Executive Director)
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director seek new opportunities to diversify existing revenue streams, including soliciting and steward major donors and prospects.
  • Recruit, train and steward volunteers to support workshops/events, community-based fundraising and community awareness building activities.
  • Ensure meaningful recognition and stewardship of community volunteers and donors.

Administration (10%)

  • Analyze data trends, run reports and make recommendations.
  • Regularly prepare reports for management and develop a strong proficiency in our CRM database and become the “go-to” team member in all things related to donor pipeline management and development.
  • Provide clear, timely reporting on campaign and fundraising communications activities.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


  • University degree in a related discipline or Community College accreditation in Fundraising and/or Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a not-for-profit or charitable organization with key responsibility for fundraising and/or campaign development.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, an intersectional and feminist, gender-based analysis of social issues and anti-oppression values.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in French and English.
  • Experience in copywriting and building solicitation packages.
  • Knowledge translation: the ability to tailor communication tone, expertise level or content to communicate nuanced concepts and offerings to various target audiences clearly.
  • Understanding of charitable sector, Canada’s media ecosystem, digital media and awareness of trends in social media, especially as it relates to feminist law and policy in Canada.
  • Experience with management and set up of New/Mode actions for multi-channel advocacy and civic engagement, using new action tactics and apps, petition building, and more.
  • Exceptional report and proposal writing, innovative presentation skills, development of public relations and promotional materials, newsletters and educational materials for the organization ensuring accurate and timely delivery of publications.
  • Demonstrated experience with media relations, media releases and/or op-ed writing, and an appreciation and drive to develop positive relationships with community partners, organizations, key stakeholders, in addition to the media.
  • Demonstrated experience managing WordPress websites as well as comfort with custom themes and third-party plugins.
  • Excellent understanding and application of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Hootesuite for social media engagement.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop, engage, retain/maintain, survey, steward and grow existing lists, on-line communities, and donor base.
  • Proficiency in MS Office 365, Zoom, Adobe, Constant Contact, WordPress and SurveyMonkey, with demonstrated skills in creating, editing, and sharing documents.


  • Integrity, discretion, and ability to ensure confidentiality.
  • Self-reflective, passion for our mission and aligned with NAWL’s values.
  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to women’s issues and the dynamics of violence against women utilizing a feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework


  • Experience with managing DonorPerfect or similar CRM/donor management software is an asset.
  • Editorial background (journalism, editing, proofreading) an asset.

To Apply:

  • In accordance with NAWL’s values that our organization and our work are rooted in intersectional feminism and human rights informed by four core values of anti-oppression, reconciliation, gender-inclusion, allyship and accountable collaboration, applications from self-identified women, including two-spirit, cisgender or transgender women of all races, ethnic origins, religions, and sexual orientation are welcome. In adherence to the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians Act 2005, accommodation will be provided during all parts of the hiring process upon request to applicants with disabilities. Please advise if you require accommodation if contacted.
  • Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to the attention of Tiffany Butler, Executive Director, at by March 24th, 2023.

What NAWL Offers:

  • A 4-day work week. This position is located in Ottawa with a flexible hybrid work arrangement offered.
  • A flexible work environment that allows for work/life balance.
  • Competitive salary range ($58, 000 to $63, 000), group health benefits, and vacation entitlement.
  • COVID 19 related flexibility and precautions are practiced. Telework as determined by the Executive Director. If employees are required to work from home because of public health mandates, staff are required to be available for emails, calls and meetings during regular business hours providing effective and prompt communication while completing all job responsibilities.
about NAWL
The National Association of Women and the Law is a not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy.
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