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

  • Director, Student & New Communicator Services 


    You have a strong understanding of where a student or new communicator is at in their career, and can relate to their interests and motivations to climb the career ladder. You are inspired to cultivate relationships with local Universities and relevant communications programs, to engage new student members and recent graduates. You love to connect with people and be an ambassador of the IABC/BC brand, while helping connect newer members to opportunities within the chapter.

    • Develop and implement an engagement plan to recruit student members and prospects, new communicators, and lead a team of volunteers to deliver this work.
    • Develop and nurture relationships with local post-secondary institutions, and leverage all recruitment opportunities within those institutions. For example, this may include the SFU’s Careers in Communications annual event, and others.
    • With the Director, Events, coordinate at least two events catering to student interests and new communicators each year. This may include speed-mentoring, or collaborating with the Director, Career Development, on mentoring program opportunities.
    • Work with the Director, Marketing & Communications to develop a communications plan directed to student members through our existing channels, including our bi-weekly newsletter, blog, social channels, and website.
    • Manage the Students Accelerating in Learning (SAIL) Award program, as part of our chapter’s annual Wave Awards and help profile nominees and past winners, etc.
    • Develop and maintain student-specific recruitment materials for use at events and promotional activities.
    • Identify other potential opportunities to further engage students and new communicators across IABC/BC, including possible mentee-volunteer opportunities to support the existing Board members.

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

    Eligibility

    All members of IABC/BC in good standing are welcome to submit a nomination form for a position on the board of directors for the upcoming year.

    Ideally, we look for members with past board experience or who have actively volunteered and have relevant skills to lead the portfolio of interest.

    How to apply & deadline

    Simply send us an up-to-date resume along with a completed nomination form. An outline of each board role is available so that you can see where your skills may fit.

    Questions? Contact our Vice President at vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca

  • Executive Board – Executive Administrator 


    You are detail-oriented and enjoy project management and administration. You thrive on being a go-to person in your organization, known for being in-the-know, all while getting to know the communication landscape in the BC chapter. You are part of the IABC/BC Executive team and work closely with the President and Vice President to ensure all Board members have the information and resources needed to run each board meeting and support portfolio activities. You are also responsible for overseeing the digital files that keep IABC/BC operating year to year and documenting board meetings.

    • Coordinate and attend monthly IABC/BC executive calls and provide board buddy reports.
    • Manage RSVPs and catering for each monthly board meeting.
    • Working with the President, prepare monthly board meeting agendas and distribute to the board members as part of the monthly board package.
    • Call for portfolio reports one week prior to each board meeting, to ensure everyone has 24 hours to read the report prior to each board meeting.
    • Is authorized as a bank-signing officer.
    • Record all actions and minutes of the board and all business of IABC/BC at regular meetings.
    • Post meeting minutes and action items to the IABC/BC Google Drive no later than one week after the meeting.
    • Maintain all chapter papers and records, as well as archives, artefacts, history and displays, via Office Suites.
    • Maintain the chapter activity calendar on the IABC/BC Google Drive, and ensure all portfolios are contributing regular updates to maintain an accurate record.
    • Serve as secretary to the President as needed.
    • Serve as the liaison between the board and Office Suites, IABC/BC’s administration support.
    • Manage the email redirects, via Graphically Speaking, during the onboarding of new board members each summer, and as needed thereafter.
    • Provide communication content to the Director, Marketing & Communications for all required calls and notices related to bylaw changes or other items requiring membership vote and ratification. Also provide content on any outcomes from these votes that require communication. This particularly includes:
      • Issuing the board slate and minutes from the previous AGM to the membership no later than 30 days prior to the AGM.
      • Issuing approved board slate and minutes from the current AGM to members no later than 30 days after the AGM.
      • Organizing proxy votes by email if necessary.
      • Issuing the official budget to members no later than 30 days after the first board meeting of the board year.
    • Work directly with the Past President to organize the Annual General Meeting, including:
      • Prepare any required presentation materials.
      • Make available minutes from the previous AGM.
      • Identifying whether quorum is achieved at the AGM.
      • Taking minutes at the AGM.

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

    Eligibility

    All members of IABC/BC in good standing are welcome to submit a nomination form for a position on the board of directors for the upcoming year.

    Ideally, we look for members with past board experience or who have actively volunteered and have relevant skills to lead the portfolio of interest.

    How to apply and deadline

    Simply send us an up-to-date resume along with a completed nomination form. An outline of each board role is available so that you can see where your skills may fit.

    Questions? Contact our Vice President at vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca

  • Digital Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator

    Are you passionate about digital marketing and communications? Do you enjoy planning and executing integrated campaigns or have a desire to develop your existing digital marketing skills that drive results whilst adhering to the IABC/BC brand guidelines? Do you have a knack for creating engaging marketing campaigns and an ability to work on your own initiative? If so, then our Digital Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator role could be for you.

     

    In this role, you will collaborate with directors, portfolio managers and other volunteers to plan, create and execute marketing & communication plans and tactics to promote IABC/BC events, programs and opportunities. You will have an opportunity to merge your web content, social media, and email experience with strategic planning: defining key messages, setting objectives and measuring the outcome of your efforts with our analytics sponsor.

     

     

    Responsibilities and key deliverables

    You will work under the direction of the Director of Marketing & Communications, while communicating and collaborating with volunteers at all levels ranging from the Exec team to other co-ordinators and specialists.

     

    In this role, you will be responsible for:

    • Planning, Creating, co-ordinating and/or executing marketing & communication plans across all the chapter channels including social media and the website
    • Working closely with all of the channel managers to ensure that they are kept aware of plans and tactics are executed effectively with timelines and on brand.
    • Setting up tracking URL’s for every campaign, and sharing campaign plans (including the tracking) with the analytics sponsor to ensure that campaign performance can be measured
    • Scheduling social media posts in Hootsuite
    • Drafting copy for our website, blog and Connect newsletter as required
    • Identifying other tactics for promotions such as video or offline channels

     

    Qualifications

    This opportunity is open to Junior to Intermediate level communicators with experience in digital marketing or communications. You will bring strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and a high attention to detail. Experience in planning and executing marketing campaigns, Hootsuite and WordPress is preferred but not essential as training can be provided.

     

    Location

    This role can be carried out from any location in BC.

     

    Time Commitment

    Up to 3 – 4 hours / week depending on activities

     

    Skills Learned

    • Develop your strategic planning experience
    • Exercise your creative content muscles
    • Expand your experience in social marketing
    • Develop your experience with WordPress CMS and Hootsuite
    • Develop copywriting skills
    • Expand your portfolio of work
    • Be part of a forward thinking digital marketing and operations team.

     

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

     

    Contact

    If this role is a good fit for you or you’d like to know more, contact Olga Pazukha, Director, Volunteer Services at volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Content Specialist

    Do you enjoy writing, proof-reading and editing website copy? From existing content refreshes, to new web pages and blog posts there’s a rich variety of content creation opportunities to tuck into. In this role, you will co-ordinate and collaborate with directors and portfolio managers to write meaningful content for our members that aligns with our brand and value proposition.

     

    Responsibilities and key deliverables

    You will work under the direction of the Director of Marketing & Communications, while collaborating with the wider chapter team.

    • Refreshing and/or creating evergreen web content based on requests from portfolio directors
    • Provide proof-reading and editing support to the Brand and Member Communications manager and the wider team to ensure that all content submissions are on brand with appropriate messaging that amplifies our programs and value proposition to our members
    • Write blog posts, and other content as required
    • Provide writing and proof-reading support to our blog manager as required
    • Draft content in WordPress

     

    Qualifications

    This opportunity is open to junior or intermediate level communicators.

    You will bring experience writing engaging website and blog content, an ability to proof-read effectively ensuring that copy adheres to the style guide, a high attention to detail and good interpersonal skills.

     

    Location

    This role can be carried out from any location in BC.

     

    Time Commitment

    1-2 hours / week

     

    Skills Learned

    • Exercise your creative content muscles
    • Gain experience with WordPress
    • Expand your portfolio of work
    • Share ideas and best practices with  peers
    • Be part of an award-winning portfolio

     

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

     

    Contact

    If this role is a good fit for you or you’d like to know more, contact Olga Pazukha, Director, Volunteer Services at volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • 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.
    • Good time management skills.
    • Experience in planning, organization and promotion of products or services
    • Event set up experience an asset
    • Passionate about the value of IABC to young communicators
    • Familiarity with the IABC/BC brand 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
    • Reference letter upon request

    How to apply

    Applications are open until all roles are filled. You can apply now to join our team for 2018-2019.

    Read the IABC/BC Portfolio Managers Accountabilities 2018-2019 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!