Research and Communications Officer
The primary function in this role is to maintain positive associations and clarity of communication with the public and mass media on behalf of the B.C. Green Caucus. This job incorporates a number of skills from different fields including communication, public relations, and journalism. The Research and Communications Officer is a combined role of 75% communications-related tasks and 25% research-related tasks.
This is a full time, permanent position.
Candidate must live in or be prepared to move to Victoria and have a willingness to travel occasionally within BC
Salary will be based upon experience.
Interested candidates should apply by email using the subject line “Research and Communications Officer Application” to Evan Pivnick, Chief of Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 23rd, 2019.
Rolling interviews will be conducted so prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as a successful candidate may be chosen prior to the official closure of the application process.
Please include a cover letter and resume. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Support the Press Secretary by booking and attending media interviews, drafting press releases and speaking notes;
- Monitor and manage social media accounts for MLAs;
- Provide support for legislative session communications, including statements, questions and speeches;
- Assist with the development of media briefs and issue memos;
- Support ongoing development and implementation of the communication strategy including the development of performance metrics and reporting systems;
- Prepare media scans to support the issue management process;
- Provide assistance to MLAs on tours and media availabilities, as needed;
- Coordinate issues and communication between Constituency offices and the legislature, including handling local issues and correspondence;
- Other communication tasks as required.
Research and Policy:
- Research specific issues or projects as required;
- Research specific pieces of legislation for debate in the BC Legislature;
- Identify social, economic, legal and political considerations associated with the BC Green Caucus objectives.
- Stay up to date on legislative developments, including the House schedule, votes, amendments and debates;
- Assist with the research, development and writing of legislation
- Provide support to the MLAs during their legislative duties.
Education, Requirements, Related Experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and at least two years of relevant professional experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in mass communication, public relations, journalism, political science or a related field or equivalent work experience
- Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
- Knowledge of the BC political landscape, including key issues, people and parties;
- Excellent people skills, attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism;
- Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks in time-sensitive situations;
- Ability to exercise discretion, ethics and independent judgment in representing the BC Green Caucus;
- Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and teamwork skills, demonstrated client orientation, and sensitivity to working in a multicultural environment
- Proficiency using web applications;
- Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends when necessary;
- Experience with professional communications with a political party, non-profit or similar organization is an asset;
- Multimedia experience is an asset;
- Advanced practical knowledge of social media platforms is an asset;