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

  • Events Co-Director

    You are a people person who values professional development and networking opportunities in the communications profession. You enjoy going to local events and understand the importance of providing varied, and engaging offerings to our members that provide them with fun learning and networking opportunities. 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! With an awareness of the local competition, and an ability to transform small details into a big picture vision, you have a track record of planning and delivering innovative, forward thinking events on time and within budgets.

    In this role, gain deeper skills in project management and leadership skills by recruiting and managing an events committee and a comprehensive budget.

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

    • Develop a strategic plan for professional development and networking events programming that includes evaluation strategies.
    • With the support of the volunteer director you will build and manage an events committee to deliver a compelling IABC/BC events program tailored to our members’ diverse needs and interests. Events will include:
      • PD speaker events or workshops (September to June)
      • Networking events including September kick-off, December holiday social, spring social in April, and a June summer kick-off, and casual meet-ups
      • Chapter Wave Awards in June
    • Working with the Executive Board, and Manager, Professional Development Program, you will identify topics and secure presenters that will be of interest and value to the diverse membership of the IABC/BC Chapter.
    • Working with your Executive Board, and your Manager, Networking, you will develop fun and engaging event concepts and themes to drive event attendance and provide strong value for membership.
    • Manage an annual events budget ensuring all events, at minimum, break even.
    • Direct your team of Program Managers, to oversee respective teams of volunteers in the delivery of chapter events, including coordination of event logistics (venue, catering, AV, décor and entertainment, as required), liaison with speaker/presenter, chapter branding assets such as pop up banners and distribution of post-event surveys.
    • Work with Director, Sponsorships + Partnerships to identify sponsorship needs and potential opportunities for partnerships for each event to help off-set event costs, grow awareness of our chapter locally and increase event registrations.
    • Provide event management direction to Board members planning event activities respective to their portfolios, ensuring all events are delivered professionally, with IABC/BC style.
    • Respond to enquiries from IABC/BC members and the public regarding events.
    • Work directly with the Director, Marketing & Communications to ensure events are adequately promoted within reasonable time frames, including registration – and that all event promotions are adequately branded.
    • Liaise with the Executive Administrator to help manage the overall events calendar for the year, ensuring all activities are in the chapter calendar.
    • Work with Office Suites, administration contractor to coordinate the set up and publication of event registration pages, and event invites to troubleshoot registration issues.
    • 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.

     

    Eligibity

    All members of IABC/BC in good standing are welcome to submit a nomination form for the positions on the IABC Board.

    Ideally, we look for members who either have past board experience or have volunteered with us in the past, and have the relevant skills and experience to lead the events portfolio.

     

    How to apply

    More information about the being a member of the IABC/BC board, and the application process is available here: http://iabc.bc.ca/get-involved/volunteering/join-our-board/

    Please contact our President, Gemma Lawrence at president@iabc.bc.ca if you have any questions about joining the board or the nomination process.

  • Manager, Financial Operations

    You’re interested in learning how to run the financial side of an organization. You have a good eye for detail and understanding how things work. You like numbers and want to support strategy with the budgets necessary for success.

    In this role, you’ll work closely with IABC/BC Finance Director to manage our chapter’s day-to-day finances. Each month, you’ll run monthly invoices and expense receipts and work with our bookkeeper to update financial statements. Your work will involve working inside the business of the chapter, using your experience to improve our processes and operations.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage the monthly accounting process, including collecting and submitting expenses and invoices to IABC/BC bookkeeping staff
    • Help board members and volunteers submit expense reports
    • Monitor and improve internal processes in support of the finance director

     

    Eligibility

    • All members in good standing can apply for this role; non-members are not able to apply given the sensitive nature of some financial information
    • Your resume and education should demonstrate an interest and/or ability to look after the financial side of an organization
    • Experience performing retail cash or point of sale operations is an asset, but not required

     

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

     

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Co-Chair, Wave Awards

    Are you are passionate about recognizing and celebrating your peers? Do you see the value in awards programs as a way of showcasing the excellence in our community and helping professionals to position themselves as experts?

    If you are highly organised, creative and able to take the lead on a project while being a team player then we want to hear from you. We are looking for two talented members to help us plan and execute the 2019 IABC/BC Wave Awards.

    The Wave Awards program was created to recognize and celebrate our fellow communicators. The Wave Awards are IABC/BC’s signature awards program, designed to recognize the people behind the great work in our chapter. Each year, we recognize communicators who have demonstrated excellence either in their day-to-day work, in their contributions to the chapter, in support of a community cause, or as part of a formal learning program.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities: 
    • Review / revise previous year’s Wave Awards strategy to set targets for next year
    • Work with Volunteer Director and Career Development Director to identify and recruit any additional volunteers needed to implement plan
    • Oversee implementation of project plan
    • Recruit evaluation panel
    • Set evaluation criteria
    • Ensure adequate promotion for program
    • Prepare and circulate evaluation criteria to evaluators
    • Ensures that evaluation committees meet, and awards are ordered with sufficient lead time
    • Reports to President, IABC/BC
    Eligibility
    • All members in good standing can apply for this role
    • Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) should demonstrate some relevant experience that aligns with 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 President, Gemma Lawrence at president@iabc.bc.ca

  • 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!

  • Manager, Networking Events
    Portfolio Manager Role

    You are an outgoing, confident people person who loves in person networking opportunities and believes that they are an important aspect of any professionals career advancement – as well as for the growth of our chapter and member engagement. If you love planning fun, engaging, themed events and want to hone your skills then we are looking for you.

    In this role, you will gain deeper skills in project and event management. You will work with the portfolio director/s to plan and execute varied, engaging and themed networking events.

    *We may have multiple portfolio managers to help us with our networking events*

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with your director/s, events to develop an event plan and budget for the year for five networking events from September to June: September kick-off, December holiday social, April spring social, our chapter Wave Awards in June, and June summer kick-off) which includes promotion and evaluation strategies.
    • Manage a subcommittee of volunteers to assist in planning and implementing the networking events
      • 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.
    • Proactively identify sponsorship needs for your events, as needed, and provide to the Sponsorship portfolio in a timely manner
    • Respond to enquiries from IABC/BC members and the public regarding networking events.
    • Work with the marketing & communications team to ensure that networking events are adequately promoted across our chapter channels including event registration, invites and social media posts.
    • Analyze post-event survey results and other research data to identify ways to further enhance our networking events and add more value to members.
    • Carefully document event planning requirements for use in future years, using IABC/BC Google Drive and encourage event team collaboration on Basecamp.
    • Work with the director/s, events to ensure that all events are aligned and are tracked on the chapter’s activity calendar, so that there are never event conflict.

    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!