Bilingual communications agent

2019-2024 French for the Future Strategic Plan

NAYF Group leader

Bilingual communications agent

French for the Future (FFTF) is a national not-for-profit organization, which encourages and promotes linguistic duality in Canada.  FFTF strives to highlight the positive social and career benefits of bilingualism by forging linguistic and cultural links among secondary-school students who are enrolled in French First and Second Language courses. FFTF celebrates local Francophone and Francophile communities and emphasizes the positive career potential resulting from French language education in Canada.

Job Description:

The Bilingual Communications Agent will provide the overall direction and coordination necessary for the effective communication and marketing of FFTF programs and events.  Candidates must be committed to FFTF’s mandate and vision, and to the principle of Canadian linguistic duality.

FFTF is seeking for an individual with a diverse skill set.  The applicant must be able to create effective promotional content in both French and English.  He/she is a creative decision-maker with ability to communicate and work effectively with students, business, media, partners, community leaders and government officials. Experience in Public Relations, marketing, fundraising, website content maintenance and editing, as well as project management, would all be desired assets.  The selected candidate will be a team player expected to “take the ball and run with it” and “go the extra mile” on a daily basis.

Job Qualifications:

The fluently Bilingual Communications Agent must have a passion for the promotion of Francophone cultural appreciation activities for FSL learners.  The candidate is a self-starter who possesses significant multitasking flexibility in contributing expertise in several areas under minimal supervision.

Experience:   Minimum 3 years in communications/public relations/marketing position with experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Education:     University degree or post-graduate college certificate/diploma in a relevant field (communications, marketing, journalism).


  • Promotional content development, distribution and management for FFTF website, social media and other communications tools.
  • Communication, public relations and media relations coordination
  • Project management
  • Provide communications and public relations assistance in FFTF resource diversification activities
  • Marketing consultation (Branding, positioning, promotional product continuity)

Required Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both French and English
  • A consensus builder and adept public speaker
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills

Proven Ability to:

  • Manage competing priorities
  • Work effectively with a diverse array of full-time, part- time and contractual staff
  • Analyze information quickly
  • Create and manage website content
  • Produce reports and a variety of promotional material
  • Recognize networking and partnership opportunities

Personal Traits

  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Detail-oriented, yet flexible
  • A skilled facilitator and animator

Additional qualifications

  • Understanding of School Board, School communications networks as well as the Canadian NPO/charity sector considered definite assets
  • Technologically savvy
    • Required (Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress)
    • Definite Asset: (Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Web based applications)

Terms of Employment

  • 35 hours/week
  • Contract from April 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019 (with possibility of an extension)
  • 20$/h
  • French for the Future’s office in Ottawa – 904-170 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa.


By March 22, 2018, send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter in French and in English at: to the attention of Ms. Gabrielle F. Fortin, Executive Director. Please indicate ” Bilingual Communications Agent ” in the subject line.

*Applicants must be able to work legally in Canada*


2019-2024 French for the Future Strategic Plan

Request for proposal


French for the Future is a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from Grades 7 to 12 across Canada. Founded in 1997, French for the Future reaches over 25,000 students annually through its activities and programs.

More information about French for the Future’s programs and activities can be found on:

French for the Future’s Board of Directors is seeking a consultant to lead the board and staff through the process of developing a five-year strategic plan.  The plan will articulate French for the Future’s vision/mission and include the goals, objectives, and actions steps that will guide the organization for the next 5 years. The consultant will work with French for the Future’s Strategic Planning Committee, made up of members of the board and the Executive Director.

In responding to this RFP please use the following format. Responses to RFP should be no more than three pages in length.

  1. Summary of the Proposal

Provide a summary of Sections 2 through 6 of the proposal.

  1. General Description of the Planning Activities Recommended

Provide a brief statement of your understanding of the mandate.

  1. Work Plan

Provide information about proposed activities that would involve key stakeholders such as Board, staff, students, and teachers. Also provide a timetable for completing the process.

  1. Staffing Plan

Please identify each person who will work on the project and identify his or her role. Also provide a resume and references for each member.

  1. Budget

The proposed budget must include an accurate assessment of all cost.

  1. References

Please supply the names of three references with which you have worked on similar projects. Include the current contact information for each reference.

Proposals should be prepared in a straightforward manner to satisfy the above-listed requirements of the RFP. French for the Future will reach a decision on awarding the contract no later than March 16, 2018. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1, 2018 at midnight (ET) to the following address:

NAYF Group leader


French for the Future is a national, not-for-profit organization committed to supporting the development of tomorrow’s bilingual leaders by encouraging high school students to study and live in French. Our programs, all in French, highlight the social and professional benefits of bilingualism and help create linguistic and cultural links between students of all backgrounds taking French as a first or as a second language across Canada.


The NAYF is held every year in a different city, and brings together 30 bilingual high school students from across Canada for four to five days jam-packed with activities. At the end of the NAYF, participants become ambassadors for French for the Future, and organize activities to promote French and official bilingualism in their communities throughout the following school year.

The 2018 NAYF will be held from August 9 to 14 in Montreal, Quebec.


Before the NAYF:

  • To be available to meet with the NAYF Coordinator and other group leaders for preparation purposes;
  • Read all communications and documents related to the NAYF; a list of roles and responsibilities will be sent to all group leaders when the programme is finalized;
  • Take a 2-day training session before the NAYF regarding the event’s goals, program, and schedule (from August 7).

During the NAYF :

  • Lead workshops during the NAYF, from August 9 to August 14, in Montreal, Quebec;
  • Install a framework of mutual trust to foster mutual respect and friendliness with participants;
  • Ensure the moral, physical, and emotional security of all participants.


– a high school diploma, and preferably currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in Canada

– Experience working with youth (e.g. summer camps)

– Knowledge of the Canadian Francophonie (required) and / or international Francophonie (an asset)

– Strong written and oral communication skills in French and English

– Strong leadership skills

– Able to work legally in Canada


– Remuneration: $1,000 honorarium plus travel expenses from the place of residence to Montreal, Quebec

– Full-time contract from August 7 to 14, 2018, with a few meetings before the event

– The contract is signed with French for the Future


By March 12, 2018, send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter, written in French, by e-mail to:

to the attention of Gabrielle Frédette-Fortin, Executive Director. Please indicate “Animateur FNJA 2018” in the subject line.

We encourage all qualified people to apply; French for the Future values diversity in the workplace.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.