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

  • Co-Director, Events and Professional Development

    As a member of the Board of Directors, you will be part of the team that leads the IABC/BC Chapter by developing, delivering and governing all of the activities that take place within our chapter under the guidance of our association bylaws. You would be serving with like-minded communications professionals in a positive
    and supportive environment, where we learn from one other. Our events and professional development sessions are highly valued by members. To manage this active
    portfolio, we ideally pair up two directors to work together, which helps balance the workload and coordinate the larger volunteer team. We currently have one Director in this role and are seeking another. As the ideal candidate, 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, engaging offerings to our members that provide them with fun learning and networking opportunities. You believe connecting is an important learning opportunity in the advancement of one’s career, and love to plan events. In this role, you’ll gain deeper skills in project management and leadership skills by recruiting and managing an events committee and a comprehensive budget.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop a strategic plan, annual work plan, and budget for professional development and networking
      events programming that includes evaluation strategies.
      With the support of the Director, Volunteer Services, build and manage an events committee to
      deliver a compelling IABC/BC events program tailored to our members’ diverse needs and interests.
    • Direct and oversee your team 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.
    • 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.
    • Provide event management direction to Board members planning event activities respective to their
      portfolios, ensuring all events are delivered professionally, with IABC/BC style.
    • 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.

    Qualifications:

    • All Directors must be members of IABC/BC in good standing. Ideally, we look for Directors with past
      board experience or who have actively volunteered and have relevant skills to lead the portfolio of
      interest. However, we are open to all members with a keen desire to give back to the profession,
      learn, grow and contribute.

    Time Commitment:
    Generally, the time commitment as a Board Director is about 10-20 hours per month, with certain months
    busier than others due to Board activities and/or the individual portfolio activities. The events portfolio is
    active year-round, which is why we prefer to have Co-Directors, so that the portfolio workload can be split.

    • Monthly Board of Director meetings, including preparations. These meetings will be a combination of
      virtual and in person. (2-3 hours plus travel time)
    • Strategic Planning sessions (2-3 days per year)
    • Board leadership development sessions and team-building activities (varies)
    • Portfolio team meetings and planning sessions (2-3 hours per month)
    • Management and mentoring of volunteer team, including one-on-one meetings (6-8 hours a month)
    • Participation at events (3-6 hours on event day)
    • Other administrative and communications tasks (varies)

    Skills Learned:

    • Gain hands-on leadership and professional board experience and participate in key decision making
      for your portfolio and the chapter
    • Grow your business experience skill set with everything from strategic planning to budget setting and
      reporting
    • Network and share best-practices with fellow communicators at the local, regional and international
      levels
    • Be part of a passionate, talented and dynamic team committed to IABC/BC and the local
      communications and marketing community
    • Experience being part of the leadership team of an award-winning chapter

    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.

    Application deadline:

    • This position will be open until filled.

    Contact:
    Connect with the current Board President, Carmen Wright, for more details at
    president@iabc.bc.ca

  • Manager, Mentorship

    Do you…

    • enjoy networking with people and building community?
    • want to connect with communications professionals where mentees grow professionally and mentors give back to our awesome profession?
    • recognize the great opportunity we have with in-person and virtual opportunities to connect more individuals?

    If you’re interested in helping to implement this incredible program that includes matching individual mentor-mentee pairs and supporting them through the mentorship program, this could be the role for you. In addition to building your own network and strengthening the IABC BC community, you will help other members make valuable connections.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Work with Director, Career Development, to plan and implement the mentorship program.
    • Manage virtual and/or in-person events for mentorship pairs.
    • Support mentorship pairs by providing a toolkit to guide their mentorship journey.
    • Provide ongoing support to mentor-mentee pairs via regular check-ins
    • Manage the technology and data for mentorship program applications
    • Build and manage 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

    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.

  • 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.