Communications Manager

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Vancouver School District
August 16, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Established professional



Communications Manager

Champion the development of a positive culture of public education in Vancouver



The Vancouver School District is an exciting and dynamic school district which offers a wide range of opportunities for more than 50,000 learners from Kindergarten to adult.  Our diverse School District employs almost 8,000 employees which are represented by 14 bargaining units as well as exempt management staff. The Board has a high-profile stature in the British Columbia K-12 Education System, and while many of our stories speak positively of student success and innovative practices, the District also receives criticism from the public, local news agencies and on social media which detract from the good that is happening in our classrooms, schools and District.


Join a valued team of storytellers who shape the narrative about public education in Vancouver. Our communications team is integral the District’s mission, vision and our guiding principles: collaboration, engagement, excellence, inclusion and transparency. As the District’s communications manager you will work alongside educators and administrators in an exciting, progressive and dynamic school district. Being a trusted leader regarding highly complex issues and projects will keep you busy.


You are a senior communications professional known for your ability to proactively showcase an organization’s mandate and successes as well as with managing issues and crises. Under the direction of the District’s communications director, you will plan, implement and evaluate external and internal communications plans as well as public engagement initiatives. You will work closely with the Board, senior management and district management team as well as school-based staff, community partners, stakeholders, media and government/public sector agencies to ensure messages, stories and initiatives of the Vancouver public schools receive the attention they deserve.


Minimum Qualifications:

Hold a degree or diploma in communications or journalism fields with at least six years of progressively senior roles. Communications experience in the public sector is considered an asset.

Possess demonstrated strong knowledge of digital storytelling, print, broadcast and social media.

Excellent writing, editing and oral communications abilities coupled with superior interpersonal skills

and collaborative stakeholder relations skills.

Ability to manage multiple projects and deliverables under tight deadlines, and, to adeptly manage in stressful situations.

Strong critical thinking skills to assess a situation and propose appropriate response/next steps for District initiatives and matters as well as exceptional political acuity.

Strong issues/crisis management and media relations experience with the ability to advise District and school-based staff in the navigation of frequent and sensitive issues garnering public attention.

Experience working with contractors/suppliers as well as adding to the teams’ graphic design, photography and video production capacity.

Proven track record to advise senior leaders, coach/mentor/supervise staff and contractors/suppliers, and, to maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders.


This is an opportunity to shape the narrative of an organization that is central to the provincial and local community.


Apply via   by September 3rd, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  and include a cover letter and resume.



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