e-mail: info@projectcordillera.org

Project Cordillera’s Catalyst Program: Communications Officer

2nd May 2016

Supporting our media, digital, and campaign work, the Communications Officer’s main tasks will involve crafting and pitching stories to the media, creating engaging campaign content, writing copy for editorial, web, and social media, and liaising with stakeholders. We are looking for someone who is full of ideas, creative, displays excellent writing skills, and has a knack for artful storytelling.

The Role:
This role will help manage all social media channels, build brand awareness, and manage outreach to other media outlets and relevant parties to promote and highlight new expeditions, projects, and programs.

In the past, this role has been undertaken as a complementary activity alongside graduate and post-graduate studies and/or research. Previous Communications Officers have included students studying international development, geography, marketing, education and sustainable tourism.  

Specific tasks include:

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive media/communications strategy
  • Creating digital and social media campaigns
  • Coordinating our blog by writing posts, compiling topics, and organizing guest posts
  • Copywriting for the website and other media
  • Managing our regular newsletter
  • Engaging with followers on social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Delivering outreach presentations – building our target audience
  • Supporting business and partnership development 
  • Building community relations with like-minded organizations and companies
  • Compiling performance statistics and analysis for media campaigns and strategies
  • Other tasks as required by the Marketing Manager

Our specifications are broad and we are open to a diverse range of candidates. However, the following characteristics, attributes and experiences will be strongly favourable to your application:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent work or volunteer experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High levels of motivation, productivity and self initiative
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Experience using social media, with close attention to detail and quality
  • Basic understanding of key marketing and communications principles
  • Confidence and with good presentations skills
  • Collaborative and a good team player
  • Experience working in communications, marketing or sales
  • Excitement about communicating the benefits of sustainable travel practices and adventure travel

The successful candidate will join and be a respected member of our team. They will be encouraged and supported to utilize their initiative and creativity to drive sustainable, locally-led change throughout our social enterprise and within the communities we work. The successful candidate will be an integral part of what we consider to be the most exciting and forward thinking social enterprise in adventure travel. We look forward to hearing from you!

Key Info:
Length: Six months
Location: Remote (at home or on the road)
Commitment: 15+ hours per week
Renumeration: Structured mentorship
Deadline: Monday 30 May 2016*
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to info@projectcordillera.org
*For exceptional candidates, we consider applications throughout the year

What They Say:

Previous successful candidates to the Catalyst Program – whether they worked at home or abroad – have had some very nice things to say about the program. Here’s some examples:

“While some friends’ internships involved climbing 6 flights of stairs to deliver tea to their boss, mine involved climbing mountains nearly 6km high and meeting the wonderful people who make them their home. The Catalyst Programme threw me in at the (Spanish-speaking) deep end, but working as part of Project Cordillera’s team has given me the confidence (and the skills) to pursue a career in sustainable development.” Tom Sandiford, 2015 Catalyst

“I very much enjoyed the work I was asked to undertake. I found the combination of both short-term tasks and long-term projects to be the ideal balance.  I also enjoyed the creative freedom and independent nature of my tasks: for example I was able to shape the content and style of delivery of the network analysis research. Further, I felt it was made clear how my work would contribute to the wider project.  This motivational driver was perhaps more vital on consideration of the remote working set-up.” Elizabeth Hosier, 2014 Catalyst

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