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, 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!

  • Manager, Member Recruitment
    Portfolio Manager Role

    You are a passionate IABC brand ambassador who enjoys meeting people. You are a marketing strategist who is adept at creating integrated marketing campaigns (or wants to learn how to) and understands the important balance between retention and recruitment activities in the growth of IABC/BC membership.

    You will work with the portfolio director and the Marcomms team on online and offline materials and campaigns to promote IABC/BC Membership including Membership month promotions. You will also provide support for the #MyIABCStory campaign such as facilitating introductions between members and the MyIABCStory manager. Also work with the portfolio director on strategies/campaigns to grow corporate memberships and increase engagement with corporate members.

    Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • As part of the membership team, collaborate in strategy development and initiatives to attract and retain members, and work with other portfolio managers to implement.
    • Collaborate with your director and the communications and marketing team to create ongoing recruitment and marketing communications/materials, including updating and distributing chapter membership package and information to prospective members (including print materials, designed by creative sponsor).
    • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to plan and execute effective digital marketing campaigns to:
      • Increase awareness of IABC/BC across online and offline channels
      • Promote the benefits of membership in engaging and varied ways .
      • Support Member Month (Oct and March)
      • Educate, attract and engage current, as well as potential corporate members
      • Grow the #MyIABC/BCStory campaign
    • Work with your director to ensure all ambassadors/volunteers throughout the chapter are aware of International activities related to membership recruitment.
    • Work with the director, marketing & communications to ensure member information on the website is regularly updated to reflect membership opportunities.
    • Contribute to identifying members for profiling in our bi-weekly Connect newsletter, and other communications channels, as content is needed in working with your director and marketing + communications.
    • Work with the student + new communicator services team to assist with ongoing membership recruitment at the student level.

    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, Volunteer Recruitment
    Portfolio Manager Role

    You’re a people person, who is experienced and passionate about planning and executing effective integrated marketing campaigns. You understand the benefits and value of volunteering, and you are an ambassador for our chapter.

    Working closely with your director, and the marketing + communications team you will help develop online and offline campaigns, and promotional materials about the benefits of volunteering, and opportunities available. This will include general year round promotions, and supporting the incoming president on board recruitment and portfolio manager recruitment. You will also help us to keep all volunteer opportunities up to date on our website, and fortnightly newsletter.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with your director to create a volunteer recruitment strategy and budget for the year.
    • Plan and execute marketing campaigns focused on the benefits of volunteering marketing plans to promote the benefits of volunteering, and volunteering opportunities across our digital channels, in collaboration with our marketing + communications team. These campaigns will include board and portfolio manager recruitment and a ‘thank you’ Volunteer Week campaign.
    • Promote volunteering benefits to members at all events, in collaboration with our communication and marketing team.
    • Keep volunteer opportunities up to date on the website
    • Submit the latest volunteer postings to our bi-weekly Connect newsletter.

    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!

  • Digital Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator

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

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

     

    Responsibilities and key deliverables

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

    In this role, you will be responsible for:

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

     

    Qualifications

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

     

    Location

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

     

    Time Commitment

    Up to 3 – 4 hours / week depending on activities

     

    Skills Learned

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

     

    Application deadline

    This position will be open until filled.

     

    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.

  • Volunteer Outreach Assistant (IABC/BC Student Ambassador)

    Position
    Volunteer Outreach Assistant (IABC/BC Student Ambassador)

    Purpose
    Bring creativity and relationship building skills to promote membership to peer students at post-secondary institutions. You’ll be the vibrant connector between IABC/BC and the Lower Mainland student communities. The portfolio supports students and graduates with less than 5 years of experience in the communications industry. In this role you will cement critical stakeholder engagement skills, create valuable networks and explore different areas of focus within communications.

    Location
    Lower Mainland

    Responsibilities

    • Work with Director, Student + New Communicator Services, portfolio managers and fellow student ambassadors to increase awareness about IABC/BC services and resources that help students develop their careers in communications.
    • Spread the word about the benefits of an IABC membership to communication students.
    • Encourage communication students to attend IABC events that may be of interest to them.
    • When possible and needed, assist at IABC events, which may include meet & greet and registration.
    • Contribute to brainstorming and strategy development for student-focused events.
    • Attend portfolio meetings (generally one hour, once a month via Skype) to discuss key action items.
    • Be in close contact with program chairs and career centres to identify opportunities for IABC on campus, for example, career fairs and other career-related events on campus where you can represent IABC/BC.
    • Report progress on Basecamp on a monthly basis, and provide a summary of the main activities at the end of the term (June 2018).

    Key Deliverables

    • Expand upon and develop outreach strategy and activities.
    • Help recruit Volunteer Outreach Assistants (student ambassadors) to support student outreach.
    • Represent IABC/BC at outreach activities to promote student and transitional membership.
    • Help in setup and take down of outreach booths, tables and materials as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Be dependable and highly collaborative.
    • Be good at connecting with people.
    • Good time management skills.
    • Experience in planning, organization and promotion of products or services
    • Event set up experience an asset
    • Passionate about the value of IABC to young communicators
    • Familiarity with the IABC/BC brand is an asset

    Time Commitment

    • Up to 5 hours per month on average, plus regular portfolio meetings through 2018.

    Skills Learned

    • Community and relationship building
    • Stakeholder relations
    • Networking skills
    • Event management
    • Planning and promotion of community activities
    • Marketing and membership development

    Benefits

    • Opportunity to work closely with IABC/BC board members
    • Opportunity to build your skills and professional network
    • Access to senior communicators
    • Reference letter upon request

    How to apply

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

    Read the IABC/BC Portfolio Managers Accountabilities 2018-2019 for full details of each role and its responsibilities.

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

    We can’t wait to hear from you!