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

  • “Pop-Up” Special Interest Group Chair

    Do you have a topic to discuss with fellow communicators or is there a Professional Development topic you want us to cover? Do you live or work outside of Vancouver and want to arrange a casual communications focused meetup in your location? This is an excellent opportunity for you to take on a SIG (Special Interest Group) that fits the topic or location of your choice.

    In this role, you will collaborate with the SIGs Director and Portfolio Manager and arrange informal meetings to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers. There’s no charge for IABC/BC members to participate in a SIG; and a nominal charge for non-members.

    Responsibilities and key deliverables

    You will work under the direction of the Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGS) to organize and promote your SIG meeting. In this role, you will be responsible for:

    • Work with your director to develop your SIG meeting topic, date and promotion.
    • Provide potential locations for the SIG meeting or work in collaboration with your director on locations.
    • Chair the SIG meeting and provide direction for topic and discussion.
    • Provide setup for the event, based on the space and location.
    • Include an SME or guest speaker for your SIG meeting (optional).
    • Promote the event across your professional (or personal) channels.

    Potential SIG Topics and Locations

    Communications Topics: Internal / B2B / Crisis / Public Relations / Non-Profit / Government

    Locations: Fraser Valley / Tri-cities / North Shore / Victoria and Vancouver Island / Okanagan

    Qualifications

    • Experience in planning, organization and promotion of events.
    • Event set up experience an asset.
    • Good time management skills.
    • Dependable and highly collaborative.
    • Good at connecting with people.
    • Passionate about the value of IABC to different communicators.
    • Familiarity with the IABC/BC brand is an asset.

    Location

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

    Time Commitment

    Up to 5 – 6 hours per SIG meeting – both for planning and attendance.

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

    How to apply

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

  • Co-Chairs, IABC/BC 40th Anniversary Task Force

    Are you the brains behind IABC/BC’s 40th anniversary?

    We’re looking for two volunteers to shape the direction our chapter takes to recognize and celebrate its next milestone occasion.

    You are: 

    A long-time member of IABC British Columbia, well-connected, and you love to throw a party! You are passionate about our world class, award-winning chapter, and you are well-placed to bring together the right mix of people– from junior to senior – to see that we do our legacy justice!

    Your Mission: 

    The 40th Anniversary Chairs will:

    • Develop a strategy for IABC/BC’s 40th anniversary, including setting goals and measurable objectives in consultation with the executive board and fellow chapter members.
    • Recruit, on-board and supervise additional volunteers as needed to execute strategy, including in-person (events) and online engagement opportunities.
    • Develop a proactive calendar of content marking the occasion to engage members on IABC/BC’s digital channels, including website, e-news, facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin and digital screens at chapter events. 
    • Package digital content for IABC/BC board’s marketing team and provide far in advance, allowing volunteers to pre-schedule for publication.
    • Work with IABC/BC events team to determine how the 40th anniversary will figure into chapter events and assist with planning and execution of events, with help of anniversary volunteers, as needed
    Reporting
    The 40th Anniversary task force co-chairs will report to Adam Brayford, Vice President (2018-19). Every month they will meet up to discuss progress and strategize including how to leverage board and chapter resources.
    Eligibility
    • All members in good standing can apply for this role

    How to apply

    Simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    Any questions about this role?

    Please email our Vice President,  Adam Brayford vicepresident@iabc.bc.ca

  • Event Day Volunteers

    Do you love a good show where everything runs smoothly and everyone has a wonderful time? Our Event Day Volunteers are an essential element to the success of our events. This role is a great way to dedicate just a few hours to your chapter while benefiting from meaningful networking and polishing your event-day skill set.

     

    Main Duties:

    • Assist Event Lead and Co-ordinators with event-day logistics managing the registration desk and: welcoming guests, arranging pop up banners, handling any outstanding catering details, assisting with AV details, should they arise, and name tag assistance.
    • Assist with take down after event has concluded.
    • Meet new IABC/BC members!

     

    Qualifications

    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a team.
    • Able to work independently/take initiative with minimal direction.
    • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Reliable and able to commit at least two events per year.
    • Good customer service understanding representing IABC/BC.
    • Previous experience helping with events is an asset but not required

     

    Time Commitment

     

    • Roughly between 3 – 5 hours on day of event (estimated)

     

    • A rough calendar for Jan. to June 2019 has been created which will be shared with you for you to choose which event/s you can assist with.

     

    Skills Learned:

    • Event logistics / project management and execution.
    • Bonus skill: Free registration to the event!
    • Networking.
    • Problem solving.
  • Event Promotions Coordinator (two vacancies)

    If you’re an event-savvy, super-organized communicator who gives attention to detail, consider applying to the role of Event Promotions Coordinator for IABC/BC. Whether you’re new to the area of events or a seasoned professional, we’re looking for your unique style of seeing an events marketing and communication activities through from idea to execution! This is a great opportunity to support the Event Lead, and still maintain or gain valuable event-coordination skills, while being an integral team member of the IABC/BC team. Creative and enthusiastic candidates, read on:

      • Work with the Event Lead to complete the IABC/BC publicity / Marcomms request form to include:
        • Event information: date, time, location details, etc.
        • Draft compelling content for IABC/BC website event page, event-registration page and event invites (email).
        • Create key messages for website and social media promotion.
        • Define the event target audience and define effective ways of reaching the audience through social media and website promotion.
        • Provide guidance for cohesive and consistent creative materials.
        • Propose and include event-specific hashtags that are used throughout promotional period.
      • Submit the IABC/BC publicity / Marcomms request form to Office Suites and the Marcomms team as instructed by the request form.
      • Work with Office Suites, our administration contractor to coordinate the set up and publication of event registration pages, and event invites.
      • Create content for event promotion and marketing.
      • Ensure that the event is promoted using the IABC channels.
      • Support the event lead with review and approval of all marketing and communications for events.
      • Keeps a close eye on registration numbers and work with the Event Leads and Marcomms teams to come up with strategies to boost attendance if necessary (such as boosted posts).

     

    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.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Strong copywriting skills; ability to create promotional content, proofread/edit copy, and write for various digital channels including the web, blog posts and social.
    • Ability to manage multiple work assignments at one time.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and follow processes.
    • Previous experience with event promotions is an asset.

     

    Time Commitment

     

    • Roughly four-to-six hours per month.

     

     

    Skills Learned:

    • Develop your event skills and experience, including marketing, organization, planning and delivery.
    • Build on your existing strategic planning/campaign-management skills.
    • Exercise your creativity in event execution and promotion.
    • Expand your portfolio of work while networking and meeting new communicators.
  • Manager, Community + Competitor Research

    Are you very active in the Vancouver community? Do you go to lots of events or have a wide network? Or maybe you just like to keep your finger on the pulse as to what’s going on in the local community. If you’re answering yes to any of this then we are looking for you.

    We need someone who has a decent knowledge of Vancouver, and the different organisations and events within the local community – and the smaller communities within such as marketing + comms / creative types, agencies and tech.

    If you love going to events, or enjoy staying up to date on trends here in the city then this may be a great role for you. We are looking for someone who will be a champion of research and understanding our community, competitors and opportunities for partnerships, sponsorships and chapter growth.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with your director on research activities to understand vancouver communities and activities
    • Gather intel on key competitors such as associations, and groups organising successful events and provide insights including:
        • Who our main competitors are and how big they are
        • What events they are running: themes, locations, ticket prices and sponsors
        • Contact information for potential relationship building
        • Any membership crossover such as CPRS
    • Provide recommendations to the director, sponsorships + partnerships (and exec) on opportunities to partner with or appear at events.
    • Collaborate with the membership portfolio to understand our membership including reviewing the annual member survey for insights to aid recommendations.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

     

     

  • Manager, Email Marketing
    Portfolio Manager Role

    Are you a MailChimp champ? We are looking for an email marketing guru to strategically manage our email communications activities to optimize this important and critical communication vehicle. We currently use email across two platforms, CVENT and MailChimp, and you are ideally familiar with both or have a combination of related experience.  You will recommend and implement ways to improve our email performance and engagement with members and prospective members.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • In collaboration with the marketing & communications director, and director of membership, you will develop and implement a structured email marketing program that we can measure year-to-year and make improvements upon.
    • Recommend and implement new initiatives to improve performance and responsiveness to our email design and content.
    • Oversee the management of our bi-weekly Connect newsletter ensuring the content cycle is timely and includes ample time to call for content each issue. You manage this revolving door of content for the chapter.
    • Manages daily-weekly-monthly data-driven analysis and reporting of campaign and overall channel performance, including funnel performance, conversion metrics and segment analysis.
    • Report on email activity to your director each month.
    • Develop email guidelines to determine when it is relevant to send specific emails outside our Connect newsletter, and in doing so, support directors and managers as needed in sending specialized member communications using MailChimp.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Blog
    Portfolio Manager Role

    Are you an editor at heart? Are you able to take draft copy and turn it into reader-friendly and search optimized online content that gets found and leads to action? Then this role if for you! The blog manager will work under the direction of the director of marketing & communications, while communicating directly with our team of digital strategists and with other portfolio leads for content. In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing all blog submissions, ensuring they meet our editorial guidelines, are optimized for SEO, and have appropriately formatted images, before being published in accordance with our shared content calendar.

    This role is for a communicator with experience in WordPress CMS. Access to and experience with Photoshop and InDesign would also be an asset, but is not necessary. Above all, you’re organized and detail-oriented.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Manage requests for blog submissions from volunteers based on predefined content calendar, and escalating any submissions outside of the planned calendar and/or that do not provide added-value content to members (i.e. no purely promotional posts permitted).
    • Update our shared content calendar as necessary to reflect changing priorities and timelines (under the direction of our marketing + communications director/s).
    • Draft blog posts in WordPress based on submissions, when required.
    • Review, edit, and schedule/publish blog posts drafted directly in WordPress by digital s
    • Provide creative support by generating creatives for campaigns and blog posts as needed.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Video
    Portfolio Manager Role

    Do you love video? Have you created video’s in different formats using different tools and software to support marketing efforts or just for fun? We’re looking for someone who is adept at creating engaging and varied video content to support a diverse range of programs and promotions.

    As our manager, video you will collaborate with the director/s marketing + communications, managers and other portfolio’s directors to create video content that support our chapter goals. You will be our video champion, and our go to for questions and guidance about video best practices.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Collaborate with your director/s marketing + communications to create a video strategy for the coming year.
    • Create ‘how to’s and guidelines on video content that can be used by the wider chapter volunteer team and your predecessor
    • Plan and create videos to support events, chapter programs and recruitment (both memberships + volunteers) as part of integrated marketing campaigns
    • Work with your director/s marketing + communications and the manager, MyIABCStory to support the MyIABCStory initiative.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Client Services
    Portfolio Manager Role

    You’re a keen relationship builder who understands the value of creating and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships. You can identify, approach, and engage business partners, with confidence and enthusiasm. With support and direction from the director, sponsorships and partnerships you are able to generate and negotiate opportunities both for IABC/BC and local organizations

    You have strong business acumen, a passion for IABC/BC and relationship building and you 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. In this role you will gain invaluable client services, management and budgeting experience.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with the Director Sponsorship + Advertising to determine sponsorship needs (financial and in-kind) for the upcoming year.
    • Maintain IABC/BC’s sponsorship program and website content, and support the development of sponsorship agreement documentation for the chapter.
    • Collaborate with the sponsorships + partnerships team, and portfolio directors to Identify sponsor opportunities across all chapter programs and initiatives, including programs like Gift of Communication, Mentorship, etc, to offer additional sponsor involvement.
    • Manage the relationships with existing sponsors and partners including: ensure proper recognition activities are carried out and inviting them to chapter events.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Manager, Recognition + Awards
    Portfolio Manager Role

    You are passionate about recognizing and celebrating your peers, and you see the value in Awards programs as an effective way of demonstrating excellence in our community and helping professionals to position themselves as experts. You love helping others receive recognition for the important and meaningful work we do as communicators.

    Here at IABC/BC there is an extensive history to the award program opportunities available to our members, from local, to regional and international. In this role, your main priority will be our chapter awards, the Wave Awards where your efforts will be focused on driving awareness of the Awards program throughout the year (not just at nomination time). You will also work closely with the planning committee for the awards event itself to help make the evening a wonderful celebration of all of our talented members. In addition to the Wave Awards you will also help us with promotions for the Silver Leaf and Gold Quill awards.

    In essence, you are a cheerleader for our members – focused on ensuring that they are celebrated and recognized for their successes.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Promote and encourage members to submit entries for the IABC Canada Silver Leaf (spring/sumer) and IABC International Gold Quill awards programs (winter) through working with our marketing and communications team
    • Work with the marketing and communications team to showcase our members on the IABC/BC website including:
      • Silver Leaf award winners
      • Gold quill award winners
      • ABC’s, Fellows and Master Communicators
      • Wave Award winners
    • Collaborate with the Wave Awards committee and the director/s, career development and events to plan and execute a successful annual awards program which builds on the success of the previous year. This will include:
      • Idea sharing to identify ways to grow the awards such as new categories
      • Provide support for deliverables such as marketing materials and the print program for the event as required
      • Collaborate in the development of a marketing campaign to encourage nominations
      • Work with all the stakeholders on the Wave Awards to ensure that the nomination process goes smoothly.
    • Work with director, student services, to recruit evaluators for the SAIL award, and to ensure that the SAIL award program follows relevant standards and practices as related to the Wave Awards program.

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • You can also apply to be a portfolio manager if you’re new to IABC/BC, but you can only volunteer for six months as a non-member.
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience and/or areas of interest that align with the role you are applying for.

    How to apply

    To apply for a portfolio manager role simply provide an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) along with a completed application form.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!