Opportunities

Volunteering at IABC/BC is a member benefit that enables you to connect with the Chapter and your fellow members. Check out these opportunities to get involved.

Learn more about volunteering

In addition to the active postings below, we’d be happy to discuss finding a specific volunteer opportunity suited to your particular interests and skills – to learn more, email our Director, Volunteer Services.

Available Opportunities

  • Volunteer Outreach Assistant (IABC/BC Student Ambassador)

    Position
    Volunteer Outreach Assistant (IABC/BC Student Ambassador)

    Purpose
    Bring creativity and relationship building skills to promote membership to peer students at post-secondary institutions. You’ll be the vibrant connector between IABC/BC and the Lower Mainland student communities. The portfolio supports students and graduates with less than 5 years of experience in the communications industry. In this role you will cement critical stakeholder engagement skills, create valuable networks and explore different areas of focus within communications.

    Location
    Lower Mainland

    Responsibilities

    • Work with Director, Student + New Communicator Services, portfolio managers and fellow student ambassadors to increase awareness about IABC/BC services and resources that help students develop their careers in communications.
    • Spread the word about the benefits of an IABC membership to communication students.
    • Encourage communication students to attend IABC events that may be of interest to them.
    • When possible and needed, assist at IABC events, which may include meet & greet and registration.
    • Contribute to brainstorming and strategy development for student-focused events.
    • Attend portfolio meetings (generally one hour, once a month via Skype) to discuss key action items.
    • Be in close contact with program chairs and career centres to identify opportunities for IABC on campus, for example, career fairs and other career-related events on campus where you can represent IABC/BC.
    • Report progress on Basecamp on a monthly basis, and provide a summary of the main activities at the end of the term (June 2018).

    Key Deliverables

    • Expand upon and develop outreach strategy and activities.
    • Help recruit Volunteer Outreach Assistants (student ambassadors) to support student outreach.
    • Represent IABC/BC at outreach activities to promote student and transitional membership.
    • Help in setup and take down of outreach booths, tables and materials as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Be dependable and highly collaborative.
    • Be good at connecting with people.
    • Have time management skills.
    • Have experience in planning, organization and promotion of products or services.
    • Have the ability to set up promotional objects such as banners.
    • Have some familiarity with the IABC/BC brand is an asset.
    • Be passionate about the value of IABC to young communicators is an asset.

    Time Commitment

    • Up to 5 hours per month on average, plus regular portfolio meetings through 2018.

    Skills Learned

    • Community and relationship building
    • Stakeholder relations
    • Networking skills
    • Event management
    • Planning and promotion of community activities
    • Marketing and membership development

    Benefits

    • Opportunity to work closely with IABC/BC board members
    • Opportunity to build your skills and professional network
    • Access to senior communicators
    • Complimentary tickets to several IABC/BC events
    • Profile published on the IABC/BC blog
    • Reference letter upon request

    Application deadline

    • This position will be open until filled.

    Contact

    For more details or to apply, please contact Glauce Fleury, Director, Student + New Communicator Services at students@iabc.bc.ca. Please include your resumé and cover letter.

  • Communications Designer

    Position:
    Communications Designer

    IABC/BC Events is seeking a Communications Designer to craft new event invitations that inform, inspire, and excite our members. As a chapter, we host 28+ in-person events each year, with more than 800 people in attendance! But, with hundreds of events in Vancouver, each IABC/BC event needs a compelling invitation to entice members to register.

    That’s where you come in.

     You are:

    • Able to convey key information through beautiful and user-focused communication experiences
    • Passionate about strategically translating brands and creative assets into cohesive and effective designs to communicate across channels and audiences
    • Interested in communication design (including brand identity, layout, typography) with graphic design skills. Past experience/education is an asset.

    (Bonus: you have some knowledge of HTML and CSS)

    The Communication Designer role:

    You’ll work with the Events Manager and Director to design and refine email invitation templates for IABC/BC chapter events. This includes defining project requirements, managing timelines and reaching key project milestones. The time commitment is negotiable, based on your experience level and current capacity.

     The benefits:

    • Build your portfolio: Collect work samples, tied to real-world results. We have benchmarks from existing (sub-par) designs – imagine if your designs could increase our click-through rates, boost registration, and/or improve user experience?…It would be the perfect resume bullet.
    • Deepen your connection to the chapter: Work alongside a dynamic group of IABC/BC volunteers, collaborating cross-portfolio with marketing and membership volunteers.

     Are you the right fit for this opportunity?

    Let us know! If you would like to know more, please contact volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile / portfolio URL), along with a completed application (Google form).

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Professional Development Manager

    Position:
    Professional Development Manager

    IABC/BC is looking for an energetic, resourceful leader to join our volunteer Events team as the Professional Development (PD) Manager.

    You are:

    • A motivated self-starter, who loves big ideas paired with detail-oriented, practical follow-though
    • Interested in crafting creative, valuable professional learning events for IABC/BC, drawing on past experiences in event planning
    • Looking to deepen your involvement in IABC/BC and make new connections in the chapter
    • Able to lead and inspire other volunteers to come together around your event plans

    The PD Manager role:

    You’ll work with the Events Director to plan upcoming PD events, from initial topic brainstorming through marketing and logistics, to post-event evaluation.

    We ask that each PD Manager commit to lead at least 2 upcoming events. Depending on your capacity and experience, you’re welcome to lead more! We recognize that event planning can be a big time commitment, and want to make sure volunteers have the best possible experience. 

    The benefits:

    • Build your professional toolkit: Whether you’re looking to collect work samples, gain leadership experience, or accumulate project management hours, we can shape the PD Manger role to best align with your long-term work goals
    • Design the events you want to attend! Take a leading role in organizing engaging learning opportunities for yourself and other Vancouver communicators
    • Deepen your connection to the chapter: As the go-to liaison with speakers and the most visible point-person on-site at events, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your IABC/BC network grows and develops.

    About us:

    As a chapter, we host 28+ in-person events each year, with more than 800 people in attendance! For many members, events are the heart of the IABC/BC chapter experience.

    With PD events, we strive to provide educational, engaging and inspiring opportunities for members to learn and develop their stills. In the past, we’ve offered panels, workshops and fieldtrips – and we’re always looking for new ideas.

     Are you the right fit for this opportunity?

    Let us know!

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL), along with a completed application.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Volunteer Services

    Position:
    Portfolio Manager

    Purpose:
    Manage the recruitment and retention of IABC/BC volunteers, including helping to set the strategic direction for the Volunteer Services portfolio.
    Lead the internal communications within the chapter team (Board and all volunteers).
    Assist with bringing on new volunteer management software to track volunteer participation and performance.

    Location:
    Lower Mainland and telecommute

    Responsibilities:
    Assist with screening and interviewing potential new volunteers.
    Manage the volunteer onboarding and intake process.
    Develop new volunteer recruitment strategies, and create actionable proposals for recruitment activities.
    Develop new volunteer retention strategies and propose actionable solutions.

    Key Deliverables:
    Timely and effective liaising with incoming volunteers and volunteer inquiries.
    Development of consistent process for volunteer intake and records management.
    Onboard new volunteer management software.

    Qualifications:
    Intermediate level communicator.
    Interest and/or experience in internal communications, human resources, and/or change management.
    Experience with project management and working autonomously to deliver strategic and tactical results.

    Time Commitment:
    1-5 hours her week.

    Skills Learned:
    People engagement and people management skills, including interviewing and recruitment.
    Project and program management.
    Leadership, stakeholder engagement, and human resource management skills.

    Application deadline:
    This position will be open until filled.

    Contact:
    volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
    Our current Director, SIGs is moving to Toronto for her work and now we are looking for a successor to continue in this new role on our Board! As Director of our Special Interest Group program, you facilitate learning and networking opportunities for our members to explore shared interests through regular meet-ups. Our SIG program is championed by members, is free for members to participate in and attend, and offers informal opportunities to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers. As Director, you will grow your network by understanding our membership demographics and identify growth opportunities for the program.
    • Develop a strategic plan to grow our budding SIG program, to serve more members and prospective members than last year and develop 1-year and 3-year goals for the program.
    • Oversee the management of the SIG program ensuring the program is tailored to our chapter’s member segments, including by level (eg. student, senior, or mid-level members), geography, industry, specialty, etc.
    • Recruit SIG chairs as needed, and supervise the SIG Program Manager to market current groups and meetings, and ensure each Chair has the resources needed to plan and host their meetings.
    • Oversee development of SIG program procedure materials to streamline future onboarding of new SIG chairs, and document this new portfolio’s activities for future chapter reference, in the IABC/BC Google Drive.
    • Identify new pilot-SIG topics and recruit potential Chairs to host, by raising awareness within the chapter of SIG opportunities available to all members.
    Joining the IABC/BC Board is a business-level volunteering experience and an excellent way to build your management skills, grow your network and really establish your portfolio of leadership experience. There are many questions you may have about committing at this level, and we have outlined everything you need to know our Join Our Board page
    If you have any questions about this particular role though, please contact Jeanette LeBlanc, Chapter President at president@iabc.bc.ca.
  • Manager, Student Engagement

     
    Are you a current student or recent grad passionate about the communications profession? If you like to network, build relations and take initiative, this role just might be for you. Help connect students to the benefits that IABC/BC offers to those on the path to becoming a communications practitioner.

    • Collaborate with your director to develop a portfolio plan and budget for the year.
    • Implement a plan to recruit student members and prospects, in cooperation with your director and the director of membership.
    • Coordinate at least one student event per year.
    • Develop and nurture relationships with local postsecondary institutions, and leverage all recruitment opportunities within those institutions.
    • With your director, develop and maintain IABC/BC-specific student recruitment materials for use at events and promotional activities.
    • Identifies sponsorship needs for the portfolio and provide those to the director of sponsorship.
    • Establish outreach program with post-secondary institutions that offer programs related to the communication industry.
    • Work with school program chairs to identify future opportunities for IABC to provide advisory input at the program level.
    • Perform other duties as required.
    • Work with board member team (including membership, volunteers, student services) to maintain and coordinate chapter mentorship program for students (with membership primary contact overseeing the program).
    • Work with your director and the membership and marketing and communications teams to create a standardized presentation that tells the IABC story for students.
    • Nurture relationships with potential student members.
    • Report on progress regularly to director, career development.
    • Work with director, career development to establish strategic program plan, including measurable objectives with associated deliverables and timeline.

    How to apply

    Applications are open until all roles are filled. You can apply now to join our team for 2017-2018.

    Read the Portfolio Manager Accountabilities  for full details of each role and its responsibilities.

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL), along with a completed application.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Gift of Communication

    IABC/BC’s Gift of Communication program brings together IABC/BC members who volunteer in teams of one senior and one junior communicator, to help solve communication issues for local non-profit agencies. Each team consists of one mentor and one senior communicator and one not-for profit organization member. This win-win opportunity allows IABC to make a difference in the local community, while showcasing the communications profession and its flagship association.

    As the GoC Program Manager, put your stamp on one of our most loved and memorable programs. Expand and reinforce your project and program management skills, and build your network of altruistic, crazy creative, strategic communicators.

    • Work with your director, career development to deliver a quality Gift of Communication program in the spring through establishing a strategic program plan, including measurable objectives with associated deliverables and timelines.
    • Update program documentation including request for submission, letter of agreement, etc.
    • Engage with volunteer agencies to elicit submissions from non-profit organizations.
    • Develop additional volunteer role descriptions and work with your director to recruit IABC mentors and IABC mentees as needed.
    • Develop criteria for acceptance into the program and review submissions; select recipient organizations and match volunteers to organizations.
    • Provide orientation and guidance to Gift of Communication teams.
    • Manage a launch event to kick-off the gift of communication program and welcome the teams before they commence work together.
    • Oversee delivery of program; monitor progress of each team through a pre-planned check-in schedule.
    • Plan and deliver program communications, working within chapter processes.
    • Report on progress to your director on a monthly basis.
    • Create and carry out interim and final measurement plans to determine success of programming and course-correct where necessary.
    • Prepare final report at end of year (June 2017).
    • Plan a wrap-up event at the end of the session.
    • Collect all projects by each team.
    • Send out a survey at the end of the program to gain feedback and to suggest any recommended changes for next year.

     

  • Manager, Recognition

    We’re looking for a Recognition Manager!

    Do you enjoy helping others toot their own horn? We’re on the lookout for a Recognition Manager to help us profile the talent within our Chapter for the important and meaningful work that they do as communicators.

    This is a new role within our chapter, but our awards programs are not new. There is extensive history to the award program opportunities available to members, from local, to regional, national or international. In this role, the manager’s main priority is to promote IABC’s various award programs – including the Chapter’s Wave Awards – and encourage submissions. If you’re looking to expand your writing portfolio while building connections with our Chapter’s most talented members, this role is for you.

    Responsibilities 

    • Promote and encourage members to submit entries for the local Wave awards, national IABC Canada Silver Leaf awards and IABC International Gold Quill awards programs through working with our marketing and communications team, etc.
    • Develop a campaign to encourage nominations for the IABC/BC Wave Awards and oversee the nomination process in collaboration with the Wave Awards committee and the Chapter Board.
    • Interview and profile award nominees and winners on our website and social channels.
    • Sit on the Wave Awards Committee as a liaison to the Board and support the delivery of a successful annual awards program.
    • Liaise with the Wave Awards Committee and creative sponsor to develop the print program, and work closely with your director on approval.
    • Coordinate the production and distribution of the physical Wave Awards, based on the nominees and winners.

    How to apply

    Applications are open until all roles are filled. You can apply now to join our team for 2017-2018.

    Read the Portfolio Manager Accountabilities (google doc) for full details of each role and its responsibilities.

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL), along with a completed application (google form).

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Professional Development Events

    You are a people person and value professional development and networking opportunities in the communications profession. You believe connecting in person is an important learning opportunity in the advancement of one’s career, and love to plan events. The devil is in the details, after all! You also have the ability to transform small details into a big picture vision, to lead a team with. In this role, gain deeper skills in project management and leadership skills to manage an events team and comprehensive budget.

     

    • Develops a program plan and budget for the year, including up to six (6) professional development (speaker / workshop events). These events may include joint effort with other portfolios (like Students/New Communicator Services, SIGs, etc).  
    • Collaborate with the events director to develop a cost-recoverable professional development program plan that includes evaluation strategies.
    • Manage a subcommittee of event manager volunteers to assist in planning and implementing the professional development program and provide volunteers with a valuable experience.
    • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, procure presenters that will be of interest and value to the diverse membership of the chapter, based on research from previous years.
    • Facilitate and manage all details of professional development activities, including: speaker/presenter arrangements, speaker gifts, event set-up with Office Suites, coordination of physical facilities and catering, post-event measurement.  
    • Work with the marketing & communications managers to ensure professional development activities are adequately promoted.
    • Analyze professional development survey results and other research data to enhance the ongoing effectiveness of our professional development events program.
    • Compile all data related to the professional development portfolio to provide continuity to the successor.
    • Develop strategies that will provide support and assistance to other areas of the chapter in hosting events so all events are delivered in a professional manner and appropriately branded IABC/BC.
    • Identify sponsorship needs for your program, as needed, and provide to the Sponsorship portfolio.
    • Respond to enquiries from IABC/BC members and the public regarding networking events.
    • Carefully document event planning requirements for use in future years, using IABC/BC Google Drive and encourage event team collaboration on Basecamp.
    • Working with networking events program manager to ensure all events are aligned and are tracked on the chapter’s activity calendar, so not to conflict.

    How to apply

    Applications are open until all roles are filled. You can apply now to join our team for 2017-2018.

    Read the Portfolio Manager Accountabilities (google doc) for full details of each role and its responsibilities.

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL), along with a completed application (google form).

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Networking Events

    You are a people person and you value professional development and networking opportunities in the communications profession. You believe connecting in person is an important learning opportunity in the advancement of one’s career, and love to plan events. The devil is in the details, after all! You also have the ability to transform small details into a big picture vision, to lead a team with.  In this role, gain deeper skills in project management and leadership skills to manage an events team and comprehensive budget.

     

    • Develops a program plan and budget for the year, including five networking events from September to June (specifically, 1) September kick-off, 2) December holiday social, 3) spring social in April, 4) chapter Wave Awards in June, and 5) June summer kick-off).
    • Collaborate with the events director to develop a cost-recoverable networking events program plan that includes evaluation strategies.
    • Manage a subcommittee of event manager volunteers to assist in planning and implementing the networking program and provide volunteers with a valuable experience.
      • Including coordination of event logistics (venue, catering, AV, décor and entertainment, as required), distribution of post-event surveys, etc.  
    • In collaboration with your events director, develop fun and engaging event concepts and themes to drive event attendance and provide strong value for membership.  
    • Identify sponsorship needs for your program, as needed, and provide to the Sponsorship portfolio.
    • Respond to enquiries from IABC/BC members and the public regarding networking events.
    • Work with the marketing & communications managers to ensure networking events are adequately promoted.
    • Analyze post-event survey results and other research data to enhance the ongoing effectiveness of the events portfolio.
    • Carefully document event planning requirements for use in future years, using IABC/BC Google Drive and encourage event team collaboration on Basecamp.
    • Work with professional development program manager to ensure all events are aligned and are tracked on the chapter’s activity calendar, so not to conflict.

    How to apply

    Applications are open until all roles are filled. You can apply now to join our team for 2017-2018.

    Read the Portfolio Manager Accountabilities (google doc) for full details of each role and its responsibilities.

    To apply, please provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL), along with a completed application (google form).

    We can’t wait to hear from you!