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

  • Manager, Email Marketing

    Do you…

    • want to learn how to run and lead an end-to-end email marketing campaign (or hone your existing project management skills)?
    • enjoy creating innovative strategies to reach out to your audience?
    • love developing content, managing databases, and creating newsletters?

    If you’re excited about promoting the IABC/BC brand to existing members by ensuring they are in touch with our frequent updates, then this could be the role for you.

    Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • Identify target audience and grow our email list.
    • Design and implement direct email marketing campaigns.
    • Proofread emails for clarity, grammar, and consistency.
    • Write newsletter content and upgrade existing email templates using graphics and personalization.
    • Create email databases for lead generation.
    • Analyze email marketing campaign performance and suggest improvements.

    It doesn’t end here. Innovative ideas are always welcome, so you can be assured you’ll be learning, growing, and making a difference.

    Location

    Duties can be carried out from anywhere in B.C.

    Time commitment

    3-5 hours a week

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

  • Manager, Events

    Do you…

    • want to lead and mentor a team of communicators?
    • enjoy networking and attending professional development events?
    • love a good show where everything runs smoothly and everyone has a wonderful time?

    If you’re an intermediate to senior-level communicator who is interested in leading a team of communicators to plan and execute events for IABC/BC, then this could be the role for you.

    Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • Highly organized, excellent attention to detail, and project management skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal, and collaboration skills with a focus on professionalism.
    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a team remotely.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and follow processes.
    • Experience in planning and executing events is an asset.

    It doesn’t end here. Innovative ideas are always welcome, so you can be assured you’ll be learning, growing, and making a difference.

    Location

    Lower mainland preferred.

    Time commitment

    3-5 hours a week

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

  • Director, Career Development

    You are a champion of life-long learning and development, you’re passionate about helping fellow communicators to connect and find meaningful experiences in which they can share and build their expertise. An enthusiastic and proactive people leader who is skilled at bringing new and innovative programs to life. With your program management wizardry, you are inspired and motivated by helping people grow their careers, giving back to the profession, and supporting local organizations. If this sounds like you, then this could be the right role for you. 

    In this role you will gain invaluable leadership, budgeting and professional board experience, while providing career development opportunities for our members. 

    • Direct a team of program managers to oversee our Certification, Mentorship and Gift of Communication Programs.
    • Work with the Manager, Mentorship to organize speed-mentoring events, and a mentorship program to connect senior members with foundation-level communicators. 
    • Work with the Manager, Gift of Communication to deliver a quality Gift of Communication program in the Spring. 
    • Promote IABC’s Code of Ethics and provide oversight of the chapter’s practices to ensure they follow the highest professional and ethical standards. Handle ethics-related inquiries to IABC/BC’s chapter Board. 
    • Oversee advocacy strategy and initiatives, in cooperation with the Board executive and in alignment with applicable IABC International initiatives. 
    • Provide support for, promote and market the IABC certification program to chapter members, and if approved, host an exam within our chapter (typically in the Spring or Fall). 
    • Work with the Manager, Certification to oversee certification preparation program(s) for members seeking the professional certification.
      • Host one CMP/SCMP exam in the Fall of 2020
    • Collaborate with other portfolios, as required, to recruit accredited or certified volunteers for roles in which senior expertise is needed. 
    • Evolve programs and identify new and innovating opportunities for career development through research into other IABC chapters and organization offerings.
  • Executive Board – Vice President

    You are an enthusiastic leader, an IABC/BC brand ambassador and excited to move the chapter forward. Keen to lead a dedicated group of chapter leaders who are committed to our community of marketing and communications members.  If you are a member who is ready to step into this leadership position and gain invaluable entrepreneurial skills and business experience, this is the role for you.

    • Succeed automatically to President after one year 
    • Attend monthly IABC/BC executive calls and serve as a board buddy for portfolio Directors
    • Represent IABC/BC on the board of the IABC Canadian Western Region (CWR) and report to the IABC/BC board on all CWR activities 
    • Function as an authorized signing officer 
    • Represent the chapter at IABC Leadership Institute and Dare to Lead
    • Maintain relationships with other western region chapters 
    • Review chapter bylaws, ensure they are accurate and current and present revisions to the chapter board and AGM, as required
    • Facilitate board meetings in the President’s absence
    • Assist in orientation of new board members
    • Coordinate and develop leadership development opportunities for IABC/BC board members
    • Review and update all board roles and responsibilities prior to the start of the board year & manage board recruitment with the Past President, and Executive Board
    • Provide backup support to President
    • Maintain a record of the year’s activities in this position and train successor
    • Work with the Past President and Executive Administrator to coordinate the IABC/BC Annual General Meeting (AGM) 

    If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the Vice President nomination form. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board Selection Committee.

    Before completing the Board nomination form, please ensure you have two IABC/BC member names as endorsers of your nomination and be ready to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    If you have any questions, please contact vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca.
  • Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 

    Are you passionate about facilitating learning and networking opportunities for our members to explore shared interests through regular meetups? 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 our SIGs Director, you will grow your network by understanding our membership demographics and identifying 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 (e.g. 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
    • Work directly with the Director, Marketing & Communications to ensure events are adequately promoted, including registration – and that all event promotions are adequately branded
    • Work with Office Suites, our chapter administration service provider, to set-up online event registration and event invites to members; and troubleshoot registration issues
    • Oversee development of the 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

    If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the Board nomination form. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board Selection Committee.

    Before completing the Board nomination form, please ensure you have two IABC/BC member names as endorsers of your nomination and be ready to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    If you have any questions, please contact vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca.
  • Director, Partnerships and Sponsorships

    You’re a natural people person, who understands the value of creating and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships within the community. Adept at identifying, approaching, and engaging business partners, you’re enthusiastic about generating and negotiating opportunities for both IABC/BC and local organizations. 

    As a big picture thinker, you have strong business acumen, and enjoy working with both internal and external partners to generate revenue and secure resources needed to deliver meaningful programming and opportunities for current and prospective members. At the same time, you are details oriented to ensure that sponsor agreements are being executed through our marketing/communications and events. 

    In this role, you will gain invaluable leadership, budgeting and professional board experience, while building relationships in the community within an award-winning portfolio:

    • Work with all board members to determine sponsorship needs (financial and in-kind) for the upcoming year and identify and acquire sponsorships and other sources of revenue for the chapter
    • Develop and maintain a sponsorship program, including a branded sponsorship package and documentation for sponsorship agreements that can be used by other board members approaching sponsors
    • Be the primary contact for all chapter sponsorship agreements, and where sponsors are identified by other board members, work to secure those sponsors
    • Proactively identify partner & sponsor opportunities across all chapter programs and initiatives, including acting as liaison for chapter Directors with sponsors (i.e. notifying photography sponsor of upcoming events, sourcing door prizes etc.)
    • Liaise with portfolio Directors regularly and ensure that proper recognition activities are carried out as laid out in sponsorship agreements
    • Ensure that any financial sponsorships are appropriately paid to the Director, Finance
    • Build relationships with sponsors by being their central point of contact. Carry out regular check-ins with every sponsor including inviting sponsors to chapter events 
    • Generate revenue through the sale of advertising for all chapter publications and communication vehicles (including Connect and IABC/BC’s website)
    • Manage the sponsorship portfolio budget
    • Direct the Jobline Manager to oversee operations of IABC/BC’s Jobline service for local organizations wishing to advertise job opportunities to members and local communications and marketing professionals
    • Report on trends in sponsorship and Jobline activity comparing year-on-year

    If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the Board nomination form. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board Selection Committee.

    Before completing the Board nomination form, please ensure you have two IABC/BC member names as endorsers of your nomination and be ready to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    If you have any questions, please contact vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca.
  • Director, Marketing and Communications

    Are you digitally savvy, creative, innovative and a natural at building relationships both online and offline? Are you passionate about digital storytelling, that upholds our brand promise and values, and puts our members at the heart of our activities? Do you understand that effective integrated marketing initiatives require a collaborative effort across all business functions and channels – and robust processes? Do you enjoy leading a team of multi-functional skill sets, from developing creative compelling campaign content to analyzing channel performance in Google Analytics? 

    If you an experienced digital marketing and communications professional with a track record of delivering effective, and engaging on-brand multi-channel marketing and communication initiatives, then this could be the role for you. 

    Lead an award-winning portfolio for one of the largest chapters in the world – and help us grow our brand and member engagement within the community through multi-channel campaigns. 

    *This portfolio could be led by one or two directors*

    • Develop and implement an annual integrated marketing & communications strategy for the chapter, in collaboration with your Managers and the other members of the Board 
      • Including all channels and assets: website and blog, bi-weekly email newsletter, social media channels and video
      • Including marketing support for the other portfolio directors
      • Including tactics to increase brand awareness and grow our membership – with a focus on digital channels.
    • Work with Director, Volunteer Services to recruit and train a committee of marketing and communications volunteers 
    • Provide strategic direction to a team of managers who lead the regular production of marketing & communications activity, including website management, email marketing, social media, blog, bi-weekly newsletter and video
    • Ensure that all members of your team have adequate training on our chapter branding and value proposition – and channel management 
    • Ensure that your team of Portfolio Managers and other committee volunteers, and all board members understand the marcomms processes and timelines
    • Create and communicate marcomm activity and scheduling processes to the other Board Directors and ensure these are being followed 
    • Work with your Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinators to effectively manage all IABC/BC social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook,, LinkedIn and YouTube, and assess need for joining other channels relevant to our audiences 
    • Work with your Website Manager to ensure all web content is up to date and reflects all areas of chapter initiatives and programs/events, and opportunities for members and prospective members
    • Develop and maintain a content calendar for all channels and assets, including web content to blog, email marketing to members, and social channels 
    • Develop and maintain effective public and media relations, as needed, for the chapter to ensure that key messages are consistent and all media objectives are met  
    • Work with your Creative Services Manager to ensure that all portfolios adhere to IABC’s branding guidelines
    • Coordinate all marketing and promotions activities including coordination of marketing materials (print, web, graphic and otherwise) as required to support other portfolios
    • Maintain regular measurement of all activities and communication channels by working with our analytics sponsor
    • Oversee the promotion of upcoming events and ensure adequate coverage of chapter and member accomplishments, to increase the profile of the chapter to our members
    • Work with your Website Manager to identify and coordinate technical updates and structural improvements for the website with your Website Manager and our website sponsor Graphically Speaking 
    • Work with Website Manager, President, and VP on ongoing website refresh projects and annual audits, completing updates when needed
    • Your team is responsible for the production and distribution of the bi-weekly Connect e-newsletter, and blog content
    • Inform the Director, Sponsorships and Partnerships of any potential marketing sponsorships 
    • Manage the marcomms portfolio budget, and track any variances

    If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the Board nomination form. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board Selection Committee.

    Before completing the Board nomination form, please ensure you have two IABC/BC member names as endorsers of your nomination and be ready to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    If you have any questions, please contact 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. If you are a highly organized, people person interested in learning more about the day to day operations of running the chapter then this is the perfect role for you. 

    • Coordinate and attend monthly IABC/BC executive calls and monthly board meetings
    • Record all actions and minutes of the board and all business of IABC/BC at regular meetings
    • Manager 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 
    • Function as an authorized signing officer 
    • 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
    • Build processes for digital file organization and record keeping with succession planning at top of mind and provide advice/leadership for Directors on their portfolio digital file management 
    • For 2020 only – maintain spreadsheet for 40th anniversary to track activities across portfolios (in collaboration with Directors)
    • 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 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  
    • Update contact information and email redirects with all Google doc/Gmail accounts for new Board Directors
    • 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 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 President to organize the Annual General Meeting, including: 
      • Preparing any required presentation materials
      • Making available minutes from the previous AGM
      • Identifying whether quorum is achieved at the AGM
      • Coordinating with the Finance Director for their report
      • Coordinating with the Events Directors on logistics for AGM (room, tech, catering, etc.)
      • Taking minutes at the AGM

    If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the Board nomination form. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board Selection Committee.

    Before completing the Board nomination form, please ensure you have two IABC/BC member names as endorsers of your nomination and be ready to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    If you have any questions, please contact vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca.
  • Meet-up Events Manager, 40th Anniversary

    Are you looking to maintain or gain valuable community engagement and project management skills? IABC/BC is celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2020 with special programming, including a series of IABC/BC meet-up events hosted by members across the province. If you’re a self-driven and organized person, who likes connecting with people, consider applying for this position. Enthusiastic candidates, read on:

    As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we are calling on all IABC members across B.C. to help create a sense of connection by hosting an IABC event in their community. The Meet-up Events Manager is responsible for recruiting Meet-up Event Hosts and supporting them through the process of hosting their own micro-events.  

    Help us create opportunities for IABC members and professional communicators across B.C. to come together to share experiences, build community, and celebrate our chapter’s 40th Anniversary! 

    If you have an interest in Community Engagement, Events or Internal Communications, want to increase your network and/or you want to grow your experience then this could be the right role for you. 

    Qualifications

    • Highly organized, excellent attention to detail, and project management skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal, and collaboration skills with a focus on professionalism.
    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a team remotely.
    • A desire to create processes, tools, and templates to assist in connecting people across the province.
    • Excellent communication skills and an ability to coach and support Event Hosts through their event planning process.
    • Ability to multitask, prioritize activities, work well under pressure, and create and follow processes.
    • Previous experience with events an asset.

    Time Commitment: Roughly six-to-ten hours per week (some weeks may vary with more or less work).

    Skills learned

    • Community building and engagement
    • Project management
    • Event execution and promotion
    • Recruitment and team coordination 

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

    How to apply

    To apply, simply email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca. 

    Role Description

    Working closely with the 40th Anniversary Chair, you will help to identify and recruit volunteer Meet-up Event Hosts through direct outreach through member lists and an open call for volunteers.

    Each Event Host will choose their own venue and/or activity, and the Meet-up Events Manager will support them through the event planning process, including working with the IABC/BC MarCom team to promote events, creating Eventbrite registration forms, tracking registrations, responding to volunteer enquiries, and providing each Event Host with an event hosting kit.

    Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • In this role, you will gain deeper skills in project and event management. You will work with the Meet-up Event Hosts to support their planning and execution of events across the province. 
    • Create outreach strategy to recruit Meet-up Event Hosts across B.C., particularly in areas outside of the Lower Mainland, including the creation of promotional materials, registration forms, tracking documents, and other materials.
    • Pre-screening and onboarding of Event Host volunteers on an ongoing basis throughout 2020. 
    • Creating and maintaining Event Host database and events calendar.
    • Consistent communications and collaborate with the 40th Anniversary Chair and the Chapter Vice President to ensure that meet-up event activities are woven into the overall 40th Anniversary Celebration Strategy.

    Once an event is approved, the Meet-up Event Manager will be responsible for:

    • Coordinating with Event Hosts to create promotional materials and brainstorm ideas to promote event through various channels.
    • Working closely with Meet-up Event Hosts and the marketing + communications team to develop online campaigns and promotional materials, including IABC/BC newsletter articles and social media.
    • Set-up Eventbrite form to collect registrations for each meet-up event.
    • Update the IABC/BC events calendar.
    • Working with the Sponsorship Director to ensure that sponsorship requirements are met.
    • Respond to volunteer inquiries in a timely manner and provide ongoing support for Event Hosts.
    • Coordinating and shipping event hosting kits (signage, adhesive name badges, swag, ‘thank you’ gift, etc.)
    • Work with Event Hosts to coordinate post-event data tracking, survey, and communications to identify ways to add further value to members across B.C.
  • Content Writer

    Are you looking to build or broaden your portfolio of writing samples? We have a variety of volunteer writing roles available to help you polish your writing skills or explore another area of communications. At IABC/BC, our volunteer writing roles support event promotions, marketing campaigns, orientation programs and other programs. They also develop ongoing web and digital content, program descriptions, and email templates for internal and external use to help engage our membership and align our communications with IABC international.

    If you’re a grammar-loving communicator with the ability to work on your own initiative, consider applying to one of the many volunteer content writer roles for IABC/BC. Creative and enthusiastic candidates, read on:

    Positions available

    • Content coordinator, event promotions
    • Content coordinator, awards
    • Content coordinator, internal communications
    • Content coordinator, external communications
    • Content coordinator, student communications
    • Content coordinator, career development

    Portfolios supported

    • Events (professional development and networking)
    • Awards
    • Career development
    • Marketing and communications
    • Member services
    • Student development
    • Volunteer Services

    Qualifications

    • Excellent writing and editing skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple work assignments at one time.
    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a team remotely.
    • Excellent interpersonal, and collaboration skills with a focus on professionalism.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and follow processes.

    Time Commitment

    • Portfolio dependent. Roughly one-to-three hours per month

    Skills learned

    • Writing and editing
    • Campaign or program execution and promotion
    • Strategic planning and campaign/program management
    • Problem solving

    Qualifications

    This opportunity is open to Junior to Intermediate level communicators with an interest in communications writing. You will bring a high attention to detail and professionalism to the role. Experience in business communications writing is preferred but not essential.

    Location

    Some of these roles can be carried out from any location in BC.

    How to apply

    To apply, simply email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca. If possible, please indicate a preferred portfolio.