BCCIC Job Opening – Communications Officer

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Projected Start Date: November 1, 2019

Location: 268 Keefer St, Vancouver B.C.

Part Time: Full time 37.5 hours/week

Salary: $68, 000- 72 000 plus benefits

Length of term: Annual contract coincides with our fiscal year of March 31 with potential renewal of up to four years. Further renewal subject to funding.

Probation period: Three months

Vacation: Three weeks plus statutory holidays

Office Closure: Five days end of December

Overtime: Time in lieu only


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a leading provincial network with a strong focus on global cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We were established in 1989, currently have a core team of six staff based in a new and evolving non-profit oriented office in Chinatown, Vancouver. We have four regional chapters throughout British Columbia and a variable number of program staff and contracted volunteers at any given time. We have a very strong volunteer orientation with some youth-specific programming. The organization is led by an inter-generationally focused leadership team backed up by an experienced board of directors. Our network is guided by a membership-driven strategic plan that is driven by a deep commitment to global citizenship and global cooperation.  We work at the local, provincial, national and international scales and are very involved with other civil society networks on a broad range of sustainability issues.

We are a high performing, action oriented, motivated team that values creativity and the productive nexus between innovation and experience. People often ask how we get so much done and the answer is found in the word “we”. We like to try new ways of working based on proven outcomes and we love a theory to debate, guide and inform our ideas. Collaboration, individual and collective leadership, integrity and respect for all living things are foundational to our work environment. While we have high expectations, we also encourage life/work balance and are committed to an all-gender friendly, youth friendly, environmentally and socially conscious workplace where people with families, living in an expensive city, can thrive.

Live hard, work hard, play hard and rest easy means we don’t encourage our staff or volunteers to stay late on Friday nights but we do expect them to come to work in a shared office environment with energy on Monday mornings.  We also believe that the transformative change we advocate for in the world begins individually and includes evolving our collective workplace. We seek open-minded, life-long learners whose core orientation is a rare mix of appropriate humility and unparalleled self-confidence. Understanding self is a key attribute we look for to complement our core team.  An essential part of our work is to engage the public through creative communications on the most pressing issues of our time. The key adjective is “creative”; a word that reflects a rare mix of wisdom with enthusiasm.

We are seeking a Communications Officer with a proven ability to undertake collaborative internal and external communications using a variety of mediums. You will be a key part of the core team based in our office where you will articulate complex concepts for a variety of audiences both internal and external.  Your mastery of common mediums is complemented by a deep understanding of the psychology of communications. You understand that landing a message depends as much on understanding the audience as it does on crafting the message. You are willing to experiment, to take risks, to make mistakes and to deliver, deliver, deliver.

We have rebranded BCCIC and are a quickly growing organization that needs your energetic, fast paced approach.

Understanding multiple perspectives and an inclusive approach, while also driving hard to change the world with uncompromising integrity, will be your prime motivation because you understand that time is of the essence on our planet. While we work on serious subjects our work environment strives to be joyous and we entertain and honour a variety of humours.

This is a much-coveted communications position which complements your five-plus years of hard-won experience. While BCCIC respects a strong academic background (and did we mention we love a theory) we know that the real world is a complex place where concepts, ideas and theories are often trashed by the simplicity of an uncompromising street-smart approach. This approach has taught you that communicating effectively is a bi-directional art which requires strong listening skills. You are a person with guts, gravitas and experience to push a new way of communicating and you come up with lots of them. As a member of BCCIC’s core staff, you value multiple perspectives but know how to hold your ground and argue passionately for what you believe is right both within the team and on behalf of the team.

You are particularly sensitive to what underlies the word “marginalized” and you understand the nuances and challenges between diversity, minority, democracy and urgency. While pluralism is fundamental to your values so is planetary survival and you see the difficulty when the two are juxtaposed. Your knowledge of the Canadian context is grounded in a well-informed view regarding First Nations relations, UNDRIP and our historical multilateral positions at the United Nations. You have a historical understanding of Official Development Assistance and the current challenges in Canada. The language of a human rights-based approach is second nature to you and the threat of climate change has kept you awake for some time. You are a seasoned thinker who understands there are no simple, singular answers and everyone is partially correct. Most of all you want to change the world and make it a better place where all living beings can reach their potential. You enjoy life, the company of like-minded people and have the maturity to work on difficult subjects and maintain a healthy perspective. People generally describe you as positive… or even “very positive” despite the sober content of your work. You listen more than you talk and, while you like your title, you are not so stuck on it that you won’t help sweep the office.


Key Responsibilities

Communications, Media Relations, and Programming

Coordinating, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive communications strategy that encompasses website, social media, online sharing tools (videos, podcasts, webinars), media relations, branding and public communications materials

Executing a digital media strategy, including integration into broader communications and marketing plans that includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and membership 365 portals.

Managing and producing content for all related communication tools, including online sharing  of program results

Managing the design and development of visual content for all related communication tools including online and print materials

Producing and distributing public communications materials as required, including annual reports, research publications, and newsletters

Planning and implementing an interactive, online campaign for International Development Week (IDW) annually that raises awareness of international development issues and celebrates Canadian contributions to global issues, particularly for youth

Ensuring ongoing coordination between the communications strategy and all BCCIC programming

Coordinating communications technology at public events, such as photography, video, social media etc.

The Communications Officer may be required to work occasional evenings, weekends, or additional hours, and may be required to travel within BC and/or Canada.


Desired Knowledge, Experience and Education

Advanced Degree in a related discipline and five (5) years of experience in each of the following areas (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered).

Excellent communications skills – both verbal and written in a variety of mediums. Proven social media skills or footprint are a considerable asset.

Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities.

Knowledge of gender studies or equity a plus.

Proven ability with communication and social media applications.

Impeccable English, both written and oral, is essential. French as a second language is an asset.


The deadline for applications is:

October 15th, 2019 11:59 PST. The position is expected to start on November 1, 2019

Please send your documents through the job posting on Charity Village. To apply, please click here. Only applications sent through this link will be reviewed.

1) A cover letter telling us why you want this job
2) A resume or CV
3) Three references

Only individuals invited to an interview will be contacted. Thank you for considering working with BCCIC.