Senior Communications & Philanthropy Specialist - Foundry

Work Area: 
FCO - Operations
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Full Time
Mental Health

Foundry delivers a health and wellness experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, peer support, and social services. This role is based out of our Foundry Corporate office in downtown Vancouver but will be working remotely for now. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives this is the team for you! To learn more about Foundry and the impactful care we provide:


Reporting to the Lead, Communications & Philanthropy and in alignment with Foundry’s principles of meaningful youth and family engagement, the Senior Communications & Philanthropy Specialist is accountable for co-developing and delivering Foundry’s external communication and issues management strategies through print, electronic and social media; coordinating and implementing external communications strategies and activities including developing a broad understanding of important issues and opportunities, and communicating messages clearly and consistently to promote awareness of initiatives and to build a positive profile for Foundry; providing strategic communication advice and services to senior leaders, directors, managers and staff; supporting community and public involvement in Foundry planning, facilitating communications initiatives with governments, and liaising with youth and caregivers across BC to secure input on initiatives, services, programs, and performance; and responding and/or developing action plans for crisis management, liaising with relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure adequate risk assessment and reputation management. The Senior Communications & Philanthropy Specialist is responsible for building effective relationships with key media representatives, understanding and anticipating issues of media or stakeholder interest, and ensuring balanced media coverage of Foundry opportunities, issues and events. Additionally, this role is responsible for delivering a vision and strategy to build, grow and maintain corporate sector marketing and revenue generation activities including sponsorships, cause marketing and other corporate and organizational engagement initiatives that align with Foundry’s advancement (communications and/or fundraising) strategy.


Demonstrated skill and ability working with various forms of earned and paid media and developing relationships with journalists and other media stakeholders
Demonstrated skill and ability in journalistic business writing and the creation of compelling articles.
Demonstrated ability to plan and write a broad range of exceptional copy in a variety of media.
An established track record in sponsorship and/or corporate and organizational partnerships
Experience working in a patient or client-centered framework and/or with meaningful youth and family engagement
Outstanding written communication skills.
Skilled in writing for a variety of media, including print, video (scripts), and Web.
Extensive knowledge of communications tools and practices.
Proven experience developing promotional campaign plans and materials
User experience with social media, multimedia
Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and maintain strict confidentiality.
Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally in a confident and effective manner.
Excellent interpersonal relations and demonstrated ability to build and foster relationships between groups.
Ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive issues in a professional manner.
Ability to remain calm, alert and high functioning under stressful situations.
Ability to work independently and under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
Ability to set priorities and be results-oriented.
Ability to work effectively with senior leaders and other stakeholders in a wide variety of settings across the
Flexibility to provide after-hours service on occasion, in emergency or unpredictable circumstances.
Valid driver’s license and ability to travel around BC on occasion.


Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or Marketing. Seven (7) to ten (10) years related experience in communications, marketing and/or journalism or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Previous experience in a health care, youth service agency, public sector or nonprofit environment is an asset.


In collaboration with the Lead, Communications & Philanthropy, contributes to the development and implementation of Foundry’s external communications and development plans with the goal to advance Foundry’s reputation, revenue, and brand recognition provincially, nationally, and internationally through knowledge sharing, evaluation and review. Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of specific goals and objectives of the overall strategy as assigned by the Lead.
Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of departmental goals, guidelines, objectives, policies and procedures; collaborates with the communications and philanthropy team in the fulfillment of strategic external communications and development goals; liaises with counterparts at partner agencies, health authorities, and various levels of government to ensure consistent messaging and alignment in approaches.
Plans and delivers strategic media relations and external communications activities to build, maintain and enhance public awareness and understanding of Foundry programs, services and initiatives through methods such as new releases, press conferences, government/stakeholder correspondence, public relations campaigns and other proactive media outreach opportunities.
Researches, develops and drafts positions on a broad range of issues and opportunities potentially important to Foundry, its strategic and operational objectives and its clients, staff and community stakeholders.
Coaches and advises Foundry staff, network partners, ministry staff and Providence Health Care communications staff on opportunities for media exposure on issues and prepares Foundry spokespersons including youth and family representatives for media interviews. Develops media toolkits and other training materials.
Identifies emerging media issues and tracks media interest and reporting on Foundry-related issues and opportunities.
Develops media guidelines for the organization with best practices incorporated; ensures the dissemination of this information to appropriate stakeholders.
Acts as a media point of contact and builds and maintains relationships with key media representatives at national, provincial and local levels.
Develops and delivers media communications and/or promotional plans for province-wide or local programs, and carries these plans forward from goal setting to the creation of creative solutions, including implementation and evaluation stages; considers factors such as audience characteristics, organizational vision and strategy, available budget/resources and sensitive, confidential issues.
Works in collaboration with Foundry’s youth and family engagement staff to ensure Foundry’s communication activities align with core principles of meaningful youth and family engagement and follow related organizational policies and procedures
Writes and edits communications tools such as web content, key messages, presentations, media releases, proposals, and reports.
Identifies and develops relationships with corporate and organizational partners whose businesses and/or activities align with Foundry’s brand and vision, creating value-add and mutually beneficial market activation programs to foster effective corporate and organizational partnerships for Foundry; securing in-kind contributions and financial support, and plans and executes related public-facing recognition or campaign activities.
Prospect, cultivate, solicit and maintain strong working relationships with senior/executive level decision-makers and key corporate and organizational stakeholder prospects to ensure a strong pipeline of revenue-generating support opportunities
Responds to day-to-day information requests from stakeholders, including but not limited to the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, various levels of government, stakeholder organizations, and members of the public, in consultation with Foundry staff. Researches needs, consults Foundry staff for salient information, and prepares and/or facilitates appropriate responses.
Develops strategic communications plans for initiatives and regional projects both internal and external to the organization.
Performs other related duties as assigned.