Communications Advisor, Project Development

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
November 9, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
Job Type
Level of Experience
Strategic advisor


Be part of the team that brings the world together. 

Career Opportunity:  Communications Advisor, Project Development (Replacement term for a period up to one year)

Want to work in an exciting environment with some of the most talented people in Canada?  Join our team and connect with your potential.

Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, stretching along 360 kilometres of shoreline and waterways and bordering on 16 municipalities.  We lead the efficient and reliable movement of cargo and passengers, annually trading $184 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies.

The Communications Advisor, Project Development provides advice and guidance on the Port’s communications, community & aboriginal engagement activities, media relations, government affairs and issues tracking as they relate specifically to Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA)-led infrastructure projects and tenant-led development projects.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead communications and stakeholder engagement activities, including participating/facilitating at stakeholder meetings and open houses, on VFPA-led development projects.
  • Advise VFPA staff on known or anticipated community issues to determine whether consultation is required and with whom on tenant-led development projects.
  • Develop and implement strategies, plans and tactics in relation to communications and community engagement issues for port infrastructure and development projects as required.
  • Work with VFPA staff to ensure communications activities related to port infrastructure and development projects are aligned with other departmental and organisational objectives and initiatives.
  • Incorporate aboriginal, local government and community engagement initiatives into project communications as required.
  • Coordinate the graphic design of communications and consultation materials
  • Support the implementation of local government outreach, community and aboriginal engagement activities and initiatives, as required.
  • Provide general business communications support to VFPA and the Communications and Aboriginal Affairs Department on an as needed basis, which may include planning and/or support of special events, government and media relations, business communications, tours and presentations, photography, reports, general research, budgets and information requests.
  • Manage and oversee the work of external contractors, as required.
  • Track emerging issues in the community and government.
  • Research and prepare briefing notes, binders, letters and other materials.
  • Monitor local municipal issues and identify areas of interest to VFPA.
  • Monitor provincial government activities of interest to VFPA.
  • Work with VFPA staff and external consultants to monitor issues at the federal and international level.
  • Work to ensure the day-to-day maintenance of project-related web site postings, and stakeholder and issue tracking databases.
  • Performs other assigned duties as required.

As a successful candidate, you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in communications or another acceptable degree along with a minimum of four years of demonstrable experience developing communications strategies around complex infrastructure projects that require attention to community issues.  Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills.

Must be a self-motivated individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy and the ability to liaise effectively and positively with both staff and outside contacts.  Ability to to analyze individual initiatives in the context of the bigger picture, identify issues, provide advice and escalate situations when necessary.  Must have an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written.  Must be a team player with a "customer service" focus.  Good organizational skills and flexibility to perform multiple tasks are required.

Normal office conditions with regular evening, weekend and off-site work.  Flexibility to occasionally respond to issues during non-working hours.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program.

If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting by November 17, 2017.

(Please note this posting will remain open until filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community.


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