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

  • 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.
  • IABC/BC Event Lead

    Hone your event-planning and execution skills as an IABC/BC Event Lead. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to lead one or two Personal Development events for IABC/BC members. In collaboration with a team of volunteers, you’ll support the 2019 events plan by coordinating all elements of one or two events. Most of the work involved will be carried out remotely, but you’ll need to be on-site for setup, the event itself and the tear-down. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience as an event aficionado, working with a talented team of communicators. If your resume lacks event planning, this is a great opportunity to gain new skills.

    IABC/BC events take place in downtown Vancouver, or close by, with transit access. Personal Development events usually take place on a Thursday evening, but there are also two- to-three daytime events planned for 2019.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Responsible for the management of logistics for one-to-two events between Jan and June.
    • Manages the event from beginning to end:
      • Works with the Executive Team/Events Directors to formalise event topics, source speakers, confirm event date and pricing strategy.
      • Book a suitable venue and catering for the event from our list of venue/catering options (or source an alternative if nothing is suitable).
      • Coordinate with the speaker/s as their key contact.
      • Work closely with other IABC volunteers and vendors to ensure all parties have a good understanding of the event logistics.
      • Working with the marketing team, oversee marketing efforts for the event including registration, website page and email invites by providing the event details to the Event Promotions Coordinator at least four weeks before the event.
      • Ensure that the Event Promotions Coordinator completes and submits the publicity + marcomms form in a timely manner to Office Suites and the Marketing and Communications team.
      • Support the Event Promotions Coordinator and the Marcomms team to create content to promote the event across IABC social media channels.
      • Manages the “day-of” event flow, leading to a polished and well-managed event.
      • Conducts a follow up and debrief after the event.

     

    Key Deliverables

    • Event runs on time, on budget and with a level of polish, professionalism and dash of creativity that represents our Chapter.
    • Vendors, IABC volunteer groups, fellow events committee members and speakers are well informed of the event logistics, well in advance.
    • Members and non-members alike enjoy a fantastic event experience that aligns with (and hopefully exceeds!) their expectations. Survey results affirm this.
    • Key learnings from the event including member feedback survey results are shared with fellow committee members and contribute to even better events in the future.

     

    Qualifications

    • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, and good project-management skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills with a focus on professionalism.
    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work well with a team.
    • Excellent communication skills, including creating promotional content, proofreading and writing for the web.
    • Ability to manage multiple, event-related assignments at one time.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and follow established processes.
    • Stellar customer service skills and high expectations for quality.
    • Previous experience coordinating events and leading teams is an asset.

     

    Time Commitment

     

    • 10 – 15 hours per month per event (estimated). Our goal is to organize event logistics well in advance to minimize stress, and ensure that we have sufficient lead times for planning. The time commitment depends on the number of event/s you choose to lead, and the type of PD event you organize.

     

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

     

    Skills Learned:

    • Leading a team.
    • Project management and logistical event strategy from start-to-finish.
    • Stakeholder management.
    • Promotions and communications.
    • Creating event rundowns and stage management.
    • Post-event evaluation.
    • Budgeting.
  • 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!