Job Posting 100395

Senior Communications Specialist, Media Relations and Issues Management
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closing tomorrow (Thu, 18 Apr)
full time

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR, MEDIA RELATIONS & ISSUES MANAGEMENT:

($67,712.13 - $78,694.16 Annually)

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Manager, Media Relations & Issues Management, the Senior Communications Advisor, Media Relations & Issues Management is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications planning and advice in support of BC Housing’s corporate objectives. He/she/they is a key contributor in building awareness of the Commission’s media initiatives and is responsible for providing guidance on developing communications, media relations, and issues management strategies. The position would provide advice and support to BC Housing’s Executive, management, and staff as issues emerge. The role prepares key messaging for media events, responds to media requests, proactively pitches stories, develops event plans, and writes engaging content for all communications initiatives.  

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public engagement, or other relevant discipline.
  • Extensive experience in the communications field in the areas of communications planning, issues management, media relations, and event managements.
  • Considerable experience in an advisory role to other Communications staff, as well as in the public sector.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience acceptable to the employer.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, theories, and principles of the communications discipline.
  • Considerable knowledge of the objectives, programs, and best practices of strategic communications planning, media relations, issues management, events management, and stakeholder relations.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong verbal, writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to create and foster strong working relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders in planning and implementing communication strategies, providing strategic communications advice, and facilitating problem-solving to manage issues, mitigate risks, and achieve results.
  • Ability to draft concise briefing notes, issues notes, and communications plans. 
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate complex issues, problem solve, and facilitate the implementation of effective solutions.
  • Ability to work with a variety of partners and stakeholders, agencies, and contractors.
  • Ability to provide strong team leadership on various projects and provide advice and counsel to other Communications staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressures, with scrupulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner and display a high degree of judgement, discretion, and decision-making ability.
  • Ability to draft social media messaging.
  • Ability to travel on Commission business and work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and must meet requirements to qualify for rental car insurance.

Indigenous candidates are welcome to connect with an Indigenous team member in our organization to discuss the recruitment process and our workplace, please contact  to arrange a call.

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