Job Posting 100396

Senior Communications Advisor, Government Affairs
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closing tomorrow (Thu, 18 Apr)
full time

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS (2 POSITIONS):

($67,712.13 - $78,694.16 Annually) 

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Manager, Government Affairs, the Senior Communications Advisor, Government Affairs is responsible for preparing accurate, relevant updates regarding BC Housing programs and services for elected officials and government representatives in support of BC Housing’s corporate objectives. He/She/They collaborates closely with departments across the Commission to anticipate and respond to inquiries from government officials, including by identifying, collating, and validating the accuracy of information. The Senior Communications Advisor attends high profile meetings, digitally and in person, to support BC Housing senior leadership and subject matter experts. The incumbent provides communications advice and support to BC Housing’s Executive, management and staff on a range of matters, including sensitive, emerging, and politically sensitive issues.   

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public administration, political science, or other relevant discipline.
  • Extensive experience in the communications field in the areas of public affairs, government relations, issues management, media relations, and stakeholder relations.
  • Considerable experience in an advisory role in a large, complex organization that has significant oversight by government.
  • 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 government relations, public affairs, issues management, and stakeholder relations.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications (Teams, PowerPoint and Outlook) and capacity to learn new software.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong verbal, writing, editing and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with 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 public affairs strategies, providing strategic communications advice, and facilitating problem solving to manage issues, mitigate risks and achieve results.
  • Ability to draft concise and accurate 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 staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressures, with scrupulous attention to details.
  • 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 key messaging.
  • Ability to travel on Commission business and work occasional evenings and weekends, with previous notice.

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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