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Lead of Communications & Partnerships at Curiko (www.curiko.ca)

About the Role

At the current rate of change, it will take another 200 years to eliminate stigma around disability and build communities where we all equally matter and uniquely belong. Curiko seeks to quicken the pace of transformation — and we’re looking for a Lead of Communications & Partnerships to craft meaningful messages, mobilize community, ignite passion and participation. As the Lead of Communications and Partnerships, you’ll set strategy, co-create content, and implement digital campaigns & in-person activations that can help to shift the tired stories too many of us hold about disability, normality, and inclusion. You’ll help to cut through the day-to-day malaise, critically but playfully challenge dominant thinking, spark curiosity and engagement with a mix of print, social media, and event-based storytelling. You won’t be working alone. You’ll support the work of a boundary-pushing team, and you’ll collaborate with neurodiverse community members to co-develop and deliver meaningful messaging. This is a role with heaps of versatility, perfect for folks who crave novelty, creativity, and purpose. You’ll ideate, design, write, hustle, plan, organize, facilitate, reach out, network, reflect, and more as part of this role!

About Us

Curiko is a community platform that sparks more moments of connection between people whose bodies and brains work differently, creating the conditions for equal relationships and good lives. We exist to disrupt longstanding patterns of exclusion and isolation that keep too many people with and without disabilities living separate and apart. After 7+ years of research and development, we’re finally ready to spread across BC & Canada. We are looking for a people person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, loves building community, and can toggle between emergence and structure. If you are looking to contribute to meaningful social change, and want to help us grow, keep reading.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing engaging marketing campaigns across multiple channels and geographies

  • Growing Curiko brand awareness and its community through effective communication strategies that align with the values of Curiko

  • Working with external partners and outside organizations to market Curiko

  • Designing and implementing effective and creative recruitment & activation strategies

  • Tracking metrics around reach and impact

  • Outreach to external community partners and mobilizing community members to share Curiko

  • Developing systems for gathering stories of change and translating learnings into impactful messages

  • Devising and tracking meaningful metrics to inform strategy

  • Developing and delivering training & learning opportunities for local curators and adapting content for geographic or organizational contexts

  • Hosting and planning events

  • Marketing experiences for recruitment, brand awareness, target and connect to broader audiences

  • Identifying strategic partnerships/alliances and nurturing those relationships through engaging interactions, campaigns, events etc.

  • Supporting the development of Curiko governance structure and maintaining comms with external partners/stakeholders

About You

We’re looking for an energetic self-starter who loves making big and small ideas happen. Are you …

  • Purpose driven storyteller - finding, creating, and amplifying stories of connection and change

  • An excellent communicator - can translate ideas for different audiences, and spark others’ interest & motivation

  • Knowledgeable around marketing/commuications strategies

  • Savvy with SEOs, social media and other impactful communication tools and channels

  • A strategic thinker and campaigner- ability to transform stories into beautiful campaigns that engage, motivate and enliven people to act

  • Participatory and inclusive - engaging and learning from people with different lived experiences to you is a value you try to practice

  • Curious and open-minded - willing to give things a go and receptive to feedback

  • Courageous and assertive - not afraid to take action, and approach unfamiliar people and situations with excitement

  • Systems thinker- seeing the connection points between all the pieces of Curiko and are able to weave them together to develop strong consistent messaging

  • Collaborative team player - will take initiative, step-up, and lend a hand even if it’s not in your job description

  • Gritty and resilient - you don’t take rejection personally and are all about learning by doing; you really model a growth mindset!

About Your Background

We’re not plussed by degrees or academic qualifications. We care more about your mix of skills and lived experiences. Do you have …

  • A wide range of experience in marketing, design, campaigning, writing or community mobilization.

  • A track record of creating and implementing effective campaigns and activations. This might be online or in person!

  • Knowledgeable in multiple social media platforms and tracking metrics.

  • A proven ability to be flexible and quickly toggle between different areas of thought and tasks.

  • Comfort and skill with technology (we are a tech-enabled platform, after all) -- able to troubleshoot and manage backend functions to support the running of the site

  • Event planning, design, and making skills are huge assets.

What We Offer

We are a small, non-profit start-up that offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package ($54K/year plus extended medical & dental benefits, car allowance & pension). What can’t be captured in numbers is the enriching work culture you get to join and actively shape. We describe it as a culture of ambition, curiosity, experimentation, and total possibility!

Flexible hours - Life doesn’t happen just from 9am-5pm and we get that. There’s a few non-negotiable times of the week that we like to huddle together to strategize and reflect, but otherwise can be pretty flexible.

Supportive team - We take a strengths-based approach to working with the community and we try to embody that in the environment that we co-create. We’re all about weaving our different skills, disciplines & experiences together.

Ongoing learning - We embody a growth mindset. You might not be good at something yet, but we work to get you there. How? We offer opportunities to hone your skills and fail. Yep, we think people learn more from failing than success. So this is a pretty safe place to experiment and try new things.

Exposure - Curiko is incubated by social design organization, InWithForward. That means, you get exposed to a wide array of social science and human-centered design approaches, and get to draw on a wide pool of talent.

Impact - Lots of people talk about problems or what they wish could be different. We don’t talk, we do something about it. You’ll get to actively tackle stigma and prejudice, and find fresh ways to connect people across lines of difference.

A little more about us

Curiko comes from an innovative partnership between three disability service providers and an international social design organization. We see ourselves as a social start-up, and seek to grow in ways that are true to our values. One of those values is shifting and sharing power. We are committed to the principles of equal and inclusive employment opportunities without regard to race, colour, class, religion, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other status that is representative of the communities we work in. We actively encourage and support applicants from underrepresented communities.

Does reading all of this leave you feeling intrigued and excited? Do you find yourself nodding along? We’d love for you to apply! We run a pretty unique hiring process - where you’ll get a feel for the role and our culture!

Please submit your resume/portfolio and any relevant pieces of work with an accompanying video sharing a bit about yourself and what excites you about the role to janey@curiko.ca by February 10, 2023.

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Curiko is situated on the traditional and stolen lands of the hən̓qəmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. We acknowledge the harms of colonization, and seek to learn from and carry forward Indigenous stories of resistance and healing. We commit to co-creating a community where every human is valued and belongs.

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