Government & Media Relations Officer

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Who are we?

At WorkSafeBC, we’re dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across B.C. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases do occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers’ compensation system today and for future generations. We’re honoured to serve the almost 2.3 million workers and 210,000 employers in our province.

What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important and so are the people we do it for.

We’re looking for a government and media relations officer to research and draft thorough issues papers and respond to media and government inquiries on a variety of topics relating to our lines of business. You’ll create and implement proactive media relations campaigns on initiatives and identify editorial opportunities, as needed. You’ll also help us develop results-based media relations and social media strategies and tactics.

What you’ll do

  • Liaise with senior departmental staff, as well as staff throughout our organization, to ensure external communications are consistent with our strategic direction
  • Develop media plans, news releases, media advisories, backgrounders, fact sheets, and key corporate messages and content for our external newsroom site
  • Coordinate media outreach, including pitching stories to media, distributing editorial media materials, and setting up interviews
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with external stakeholders; in particular, with government and community representatives
  • Develop and maintain province-wide targeted media lists and analyze media output, as required
  • Act as a company spokesperson, when assigned

Is this a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Clearly and concisely present and explain technical information, verbally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of understanding and information needs
  • Independently plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects and tasks to meet departmental and organizational deadlines and goals
  • Be a flexible and active team player
  • Strive to achieve best outcomes in a collaborative work environment
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external clients by putting them at ease, responding courteously, and providing solid advice and consultation
  • Analyze large volumes of complex information and create proactive media plans and strategies
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with external media contacts

Your experience and educational background:

  • A minimum of a post-secondary diploma with a focus on journalism, political science, communications, public relations, or a similar discipline
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the field of journalism or government and media relations

Our benefits

Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package may include vacation, optional leave arrangements, health care and dental benefits, and contributions toward your retirement pension. As a member of our team, you’ll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life. Learn more about what we offer.

To apply

Visit our career page at www.worksafebc.com and select Current Opportunities to submit a resume and cover letter that details your characteristics, accomplishments, and prior work experience related to the requirements for the position. We can only accept applications submitted through our website.

Application deadline: January 5, 2017

Thank you, in advance, for applying. Unfortunately, we’re only able to contact those whose applications we will be pursuing further.