Job Title: Public Affairs Leader
Work Site: Public Affairs, Corporate Admin - 520 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Regular Full Time
As soon as possible
Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays
Come work as a Public Affairs Leader with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!
Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Public Affairs Leader to join the Public Affairs department in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!
As a Public Affairs Leader at VCH you will:
Lead, support, manage and evaluate media relations and public awareness activities and campaigns that have a significant impact on public perception and the organization’s reputation.
Provide support in organizing, prioritizing and coordinating the health authority’s response to issues, and has a lead role in managing issues research and preparation of written materials to support accurate issues and/or opportunities identification.
Use his/her knowledge of views and perspectives of internal and external audiences, and knowledge of VCH goals and objectives to develop, implement and evaluate strategic communication plans in support of media relations and issues management activities.
Work positively and effectively with other members of the VCH Communications and Public Affairs Department to advise and coordinate plans and activities.
Support the development of tools and systems to streamline the delivery of external communication and related processes throughout VCH, and enhances their relevance to external audiences and their unique needs.
Be responsible for the timely and effective development and distribution of materials to all media audiences.
Prepare issues notes and other briefing materials, write news releases, pitch story ideas, organize news conferences, act as a media spokesperson for VCH as required, expand the asset library (video, photos, etc.) for inclusion in media releases, and providing strategic communication advice and services to senior leaders, directors, managers and staff across the organization.
WHO WE ARE:
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, or Journalism plus a minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years’ recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Advanced abilities with various computer applications, including a working knowledge of social media tools.
Affiliation with an appropriate professional association is an asset.
The ideal candidate will possess an impressive record of achievement in determining the views and perspectives of multiple audiences - internal and external - and in designing communications and media relations strategies that reflect those needs in advancing organizational goals and objectives.
Knowledge & Abilities
Demonstrated skill and experience in journalistic writing and editing skills to compose briefing materials, news releases, key messages and communication strategies for a variety of target audiences in a clear and concise manner.
Demonstrated ability to create and execute strategic communication plans with measurable objectives and results.
Ability to recognize emerging issues and opportunities, garner resources to manage the response to them, while demonstrating tact, diplomacy and composure.
Ability to be creative in developing new approaches to resolving issues and enhancing organizational reputation.
Ability to effectively work with senior leaders and other stakeholders in a wide variety of settings across the organization.
Is practical, with an open, team-oriented approach to establishing good working relationships with internal and external stakeholder groups/partners in routine and controversial situations.
Demonstrated ability to set priorities and be results-oriented. And remain calm, alert and high functioning under stressful situations.
Demonstrated ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive issues with skill, good judgment tact and diplomacy and to carry out the duties of the position with a high degree of ethical and professional behaviour.
Demonstrated problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.
***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***
Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.