Communication Coordinator

Georgian College - Barrie, ON (16 months ago)

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Reporting to the Manager, Alumni Relations and Community Development, the incumbent develops creative concepts and writes and edits communication material to support fundraising initiatives benefitting student scholarships and the Power of Education Capital Campaign. The incumbent is also responsible for all event logistics related to donor gift fulfillment, in particular donor recognition events. In addition, the incumbent researches, writes, edits and develops all content for an annual magazine and bi-monthly electronic newsletter distributed to over 60,000 alumni and friends of Georgian. Specific duties include but are not limited to:


Researching, writing and editing all fundraising messaging including but not limited to funding proposals, fundraising cases for support, donor news articles, fundraising-related advertisements, donor gift media release drafts, door event speeches for staff, students and volunteers, and any other necessary communication piece to bolster the fundraising efforts in Advancement and Alumni Relations, the President’s Office and Georgian College
Developing, writing, and editing an annual alumni magazine, bi-monthly e-newsletter, populating departmental webpages and maximizing the use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to connect with students and donors regarding the fundraising campaign and award / scholarship information
Facilitating the donor recognition process which includes executing engagement initiatives, ensuring recognition for donor gift agreements are fulfilled, preparing communication and materials to recognize donors for their donations
Working as the lead with photographers, printers and designers to collaborate and bring projects to fruition
Staying up to date on fundraising communication trends to ensure Georgian is presenting itself as a charity of choice


Successfully completed a three year postsecondary degree / diploma in a relevant field of study that may include, but is not limited to journalism, public relations, fundraising or communications
Three years’ experience in an environment related to corporate communications, journalism, and / or fundraising where duties included writing and editing for various forms of media, developing advertising and promotional plans, and coordinating large scale events
Experience writing speeches and research / funding proposals to assist speakers and secure funding
Experience in writing fundraising appeals considered an asset
Experience developing web content and with social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), knowing how best to leverage them to communicate with stakeholders
Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) to create and prepare various communications.
Proven time management skills with the ability to meet competing deadlines
Demonstrated ability to be detail oriented to prepare polished and accurate communications
Interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) essential
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Experience working with InDesign software and WordPress would be an asset