Job Posting 70601

Senior Communication Advisor, Media Relation & Issues Management
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 19 days (Thu, 27 May)
full time

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 would be responsible for providing guidance on developing communications, media relations and issues management strategies. The incumbent would provide advice and support to BC Housing’s Executive, management and staff as issues emerge. The position prepares key messaging for media events, responds to media requests, proactively pitches stories, develops event plans, and writes engaging content for all communications initiatives.


The successful candidate will have the following:


  • 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.


  • 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 (Excel, Word PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • 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 communication strategies, providing strategic communications advice, and facilitating problem solving in order 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 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 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.

How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies.  To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position.  This information will be used as part of the selection process.

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