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.

Each Spring, we recruit for our next Board of Directors. If you’re interested in taking on a leadership role, check out the details on how to Join our Board.

Available Opportunities

  • Manager, Certification

    Do you…

    • enjoy networking with people?
    • want to help pave a clear path for those interested in obtaining either the SCMP or CMP certification?
    • recognize the great opportunity we have with in-person and virtual opportunities to inform and prepare those seeking certification?

    If you’re interested in helping implement and develop this important program that includes bringing clarity to the certification journey and providing resources to support those seeking certification, this could be the role for you!

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with Director, Career Development, to plan and implement the certification program.
    • Plan and manage information session(s) for those interested in becoming certified.
    • Build and manage the awareness campaign, with support from content coordinator on implementation.

    Requirements:

    • Strong organizational, communication and problem-solving skills
    • Good understanding of people (employee) engagement
    • A collaborative team player who welcomes diversity and inclusivity
    • Experience in the certification journey (SCMP or CMP) a bonus!

    Time commitment

    2-4 hours a week

    Location

    Duties can be carried out from anywhere in B.C.

    How to apply

    Email your inquiries, an updated resume or LinkedIn profile URL to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

  • Career Development Content Coordinator

    Do you…

    • Want to build your writing portfolio?
    • Have a fondness for being grammatically correct?
    • Want to flex your creative writing muscle?

    If so, the Career Development content coordinator may be the role for you! Polish your writing skills while supporting the mentorship and/or certification programs. This role will provide you experience in developing content for social media, newsletters, website and emails.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Collaborate with the Certification Manger and/or the Mentorship Manager as well as IABC/BC’s marketing and communications team to develop content that supports the mentorship and/or certification programs.
    • Source images for posts, drafting copy for our website, blog, social media channels and Connect newsletter as required.
    • Interview IABC/BC members to curate relevant content to raise awareness of the mentorship and/or certification programs.

    Qualifications

    • Strong writing skills
    • Experience in interviewing a plus
    • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and a high attention to detail

    Location

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

    Time Commitment

    • Approximately 1-3 hours a week.

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

     

  • Manager, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    Do you…

    • enjoy networking with people?
    • have strong event organization and management experience?
    • finding creative ways to foster discussion and learning opportunities with communicators?
    • staying on top of trending topics in the industry?

    IABC/BC’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) portfolio is searching for a Manager, Special Interest Groups to join their team.

    Our SIG program is championed by individual members, and offers informal opportunities to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers. Members and potential members have derived tremendous benefit from these targeted networking/learning opportunities, ranging from specialized areas within public sector communications, internal communications, and senior communications. We are continuing to build on the success of this program from past years, and grow our offering of more SIGs to all levels of communicators.

    You are a people person and enjoy organizing opportunities for communicators to learn from their peers. With your honed project management skills, you will facilitate the logistics of SIGs and oversee program marketing.

    If this sounds like a role of interest, apply to become IABC/BC’s next Manager, Special Interest Groups.

    Duties & Responsibilities 

    • Collaborate with the SIG director to develop to grow our SIG program, and serve more members and prospective members than last year.
    • Work with the SIG chairs to gather event details for event registration and promotion purposes, and ensure SIG meetings are scheduled with adequate lead time.
    • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to ensure all SIGs are adequately promoted across our chapter channels.
    • Act as the SIG Chairs’ point-of-contact for the program, answer questions, and provide support as needed.
    • Provide relevant email updates to SIG Chairs about upcoming chapter activities to verbally promote at individual SIG meetings, support SIG chairs as chapter ambassadors.
    • Produce a summary report at the end of the program to evaluate the program’s success at year-end, including attendance, and feedback from the chairs to improve the next year.
    • Work with the SIG director, the membership team and board, to identify potential SIG chairs as needed to provide a diverse offering of SIG meetings for IABC/BC.
    • Develop SIG program procedure materials to ease future onboarding of new SIG chairs, and document this new portfolio’s activities for future chapter reference, in the IABC/BC Google Drive, and to support your successor’s onboarding.
    • Update the IABC/BC chapter activity calendar to ensure SIG meetings do not conflict with other programs and events, etc.

    Qualifications

    • Event organization and management experience
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a high attention to detail
    • Enjoy connecting with others and making meaningful connections

    Time commitment

    • 6-8 hours a month
    • The first month in this role will involve a few extra hours of training and learning.

    Location

    • Work can be carried out anywhere in B.C. Most in-person SIGs are hosted in the Greater Vancouver area.

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

     

  • Coordinator, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    Do you…

    • enjoy networking with people?
    • organizing professional development opportunities and events?
    • love planning and managing details?
    • staying on top of trending topics in the industry?

    IABC/BC’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) portfolio is searching for a Coordinator, Special Interest Groups to join their team.

    Our SIG program is championed by individual members, and offers informal opportunities to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers. Members and potential members have derived tremendous benefit from these targeted networking/learning opportunities, ranging from specialized areas within public sector communications, internal communications, and senior communications. We are continuing to build on the success of this program from past years, and grow our offering of more SIGs to all levels of communicators.

    You are a highly detailed person who enjoys organizing opportunities for communicators to learn from their peers. With your impeccable organizational skills, you will support with the planning and execution of the logistics for SIGs.

    If this sounds like a role of interest, apply to become IABC/BC’s next Coordinator, Special Interest Groups.

    Duties & Responsibilities 

    • Reporting to the IABC/BC’s SIG Director, you will liaise with SIG chairs and attendees in implementing this year’s SIG calendar for the 2022/23 year.
    • Support with the coordination of event details, registration and promotion activities.
    • Work with IABC/BC’s digital marketing and digital operations teams to promote the upcoming SIGs through our various online channels.
    • Create and manage LinkedIn Group for IABC/BC member SIG discussions.
    • Troubleshoot virtual SIGs, providing digital support for the SIG chairs during Zoom meetings.
    • Support the social media recruitment strategy.
    • Support management of SIG Chair engagement initiatives.
    • Collect feedback to support future success of SIGs.

    Qualifications

    • Highly organized and a natural coordinator of details
    • Event organization and management experience
    • Team player and enjoy connecting with others

    Time commitment

    • 6-8 hours a month
    • The first month in this role will involve a few extra hours of training and learning.

    Location

    • Work can be carried out anywhere in B.C. Most in-person SIGs are hosted in the Greater Vancouver area.

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Content Coordinator, Awards

    Do you…

    • love a feel-good how-to story and can’t wait to pass it on?
    • listen feverishly to the Oscars acceptance speeches and jot down amazing quotes to post later on social media?

    If so, then the awards content coordinator role may be for you.

    In this role you’ll assist the manager, awards and director, awards to promote the IABC International Gold Quill, IABC Canada Silver Leaf, and IABC/BC Wave Awards programs. You’ll help coordinate and promote the awards submission process and interview and collect quotes from past award winners to develop content for our website, blog and social media channels.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Collaborate with the manager, awards and marketing and communications team to develop content strategies and tactics to support awards promotional campaigns.
    • Execute content strategies by sourcing images for posts, drafting copy for our website, blog, social media channels and Connect newsletter as required
    • Support the awards submission process.
    • Assist the director and manager of Awards in planning for and executing the local chapter Wave Awards program in June.
    • Interview and collect quotes and consents from past award-winners

    Qualifications

    • Strong writing skills
    • Experience in interviewing a plus
    • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and a high attention to detail

    Location

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

    Time Commitment

    • 1-3 hours a week depending on the season. This portfolio is busiest from February-June during the lead up to IABC/BC Wave Awards.

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Manager, Awards

    Are you…

    • passionate about recognizing and celebrating your peers, and see the value in award programs as an effective way of demonstrating excellence and helping professionals to position themselves as experts?
    • interested in helping others receive recognition for the important and meaningful work we do as communicators?

    If all of this is of interest to you, join us as Manager, Awards.

    Here at IABC/BC there is an extensive history to the award programs available to our members, locally, regionally and internationally. In this role, your efforts will be focused on driving awareness of the IABC International Gold Quill Awards, IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards and IABC/BC’s Wave Awards throughout the year.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Assist the Director of Awards with planning and executing elements of the refreshed Gold Quill and Silver Leaf program strategy and related tactics, while overseeing the awards content coordinator for tactical work.
    • Promote and encourage members to submit entries for the IABC Canada Silver Leaf (spring) and IABC International Gold Quill awards programs (winter) through working with the awards team and marketing and communications team.
    • Assist the Director of Awards in planning for and executing the local chapter Wave Awards program in June.
    • Work with the awards team and 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 in the development of a marketing campaign to encourage submissions and nominations

    Qualifications

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Flair for networking with people
    • Outstanding writing and communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills

    Time Commitment

    • 1-4 hours a week depending on the season. This portfolio is busiest from February-June during the lead up to IABC/BC Wave Awards.

    Location

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

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Customer Success Manager

    Do you enjoy…

    • Being part of an award winning team that drives revenue for IABC/BC?
    • Helping team mates be successful in their goals?
    • Delivering meaningful opportunities for current and future IABC/BC members?

    If so, this could be the role for you.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Support Jobline clients as necessary to provide support or assist in troubleshooting (this currently looks like 2-4 email interactions a week)
    • Ideally able to provide quick turnaround for Jobline clients through business hours (6-24h turnaround – faster the better)
    • Collaborates with the sponsorship team to identify opportunities to make Jobline better and escalates important issues to Director right away (as needed)

    Qualifications

    • Any level of communicator with some customer service experience and strong skill in getting back to clients in a timely manner
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a high attention to detail

    Time Commitment

    • 4-7 hrs per month

    Location
    This role can be carried out remotely from any location in B.C.

    How to apply
    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

  • Manager, Sponsorships and Partnerships

    Do you enjoy…

    • Creating and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships within the business community?
    • Researching, Identifying, approaching, and engaging business partners? 
    • Writing promotional material?
    • Delivering meaningful opportunities for current and future IABC/BC members?

    If so, this could be the role for you. 

    Duties & Responsibilities 

    • Develop and maintain a sponsorship outreach  program, including researching new possible business partnership opportunities and pitching to potential new sponsors
    • Proactively identify partner and sponsor opportunities across all chapter programs and initiatives, including acting as a liaison for chapter Directors with sponsors 

    Qualifications

    • Intermediate level communicator with experience writing promotional material for various audiences and stakeholders 
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a high attention to detail
    • Experience in driving communications campaigns a bonus 

    Time Commitment

    6-8 hrs per month

    Location

    This role can be carried out from any location in B.C.

    How to apply

    Email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

  • Content Coordinator, Students and New Communicators

    Are you looking to build or broaden your portfolio of writing samples? We have a variety of volunteer writing roles available to help you polish your writing skills or explore another area of communications. At IABC/BC, our volunteer writing roles support event promotions, marketing campaigns, orientation programs and other programs. They also develop ongoing web and digital content, program descriptions, and email templates for internal and external use to help engage our membership and align our communications with IABC international. 

    Under the Students and New Communicators portfolio you will be curating and writing content for Students and New Communicators members within IABC/BC. This includes email, newsletter, website, and potentially social media. 

    If you’re a grammar-loving communicator with the ability to work on your own initiative, consider applying to one of the many volunteer content writer roles for IABC/BC. Creative and enthusiastic candidates, read on:

    Positions available

    • Content Coordinator, Students and New Communicators

    Portfolios supported

    • Students and new communicators

    Qualifications

    • Excellent writing and editing skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple work assignments at one time.
    • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a team remotely.
    • Excellent interpersonal, and collaboration skills with a focus on professionalism.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and follow processes.

    Time Commitment

    • Approximately 2-3 hrs/week 

    Skills learned

    • Writing and editing
    • Campaign or program execution and promotion
    • Strategic planning and campaign/program management
    • Problem solving

    Qualifications

    This opportunity is open to Junior to Intermediate level communicators with an interest in communications writing. You will bring a high attention to detail and professionalism to the role. Experience in business communications writing is preferred but not essential. 

    Location

    Some of these roles can be carried out from any location in BC.

    How to apply

    To apply, simply email an up-to-date resume (or LinkedIn profile URL) to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca

  • Student Events Coordinator

    Do you…

    • enjoy planning and organizing successful events?
    • have strong organizational, event planning and communication skills?
    • want to be a part of a team with the purpose to deliver programming and events for students and new communicators for both members and non-members of IABC/BC? 

    IABC/BC’s Students and New Communicators portfolio is searching for an Event Coordinator to join the team in planning and executing events for students and those new to the communications profession. If you resonate with the above, join us to help support IABC/BC members and soon-to-be members in establishing themselves as a communications professional. You’ll benefit through continuous networking opportunities, working with friendly and supportive Students and New Communicators team, and enhancing your event management, outreach and communication skills.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Work both individually and as a team to plan and execute events from start to finish
    • Continuously review Chapter goals and target audience during Students and New Communicators team meetings to help support the team’s overall planning, strategy, and programming. 
    • Adjust event plans, including speaker coordination and logistics, as needed
    • Provide suggestions to enhance the success of events
    • Work with the portfolio Director and Student Programs manager to ensure all events remain at or under budget
    • Support in sourcing and negotiating with vendors and suppliers
    • Oversee and host events, as needed
    • Support Student Programs Manager with marketing and communications, as needed
    • Support other IABC/BC portfolios, such as Career Development, Membership and others as needed

    Qualifications

    • Event planning, administration and/or community outreach experience
    • Strong project management, organizational, communication and problem-solving skills
    • A team player who welcomes tag-teaming, ideas, and diversity and inclusivity
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    Time Commitment

    • Team meetings: Approximately 1 to 2 hours per month
    • Pre-event planning: Approximately 2 hours per week
    • Event hosting: Approximately 4 hours on the day of the event

    Location

    Work can be carried out anywhere in B.C. for virtual events and for most in-person event planning. Most in-person events will be hosted in the Greater Vancouver area.

    How to Apply

    Please email an updated resume or LinkedIn profile URL or inquiries to volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

    We respectfully acknowledge that we work and host events on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.