Communications Strategist, Government Relations and Public Affairs

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July 29, 2021
Vancouver, Canada
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Are you seeking an opportunity to create a clean and fair world? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where your experience as a seasoned communicator is valued and in demand?

We’re a dynamic department of communicators seeking a new teammate who’s passionate about brand storytelling and making a difference. The ideal candidate is a self-starter skilled at providing sound communication advice to leaders, identifying opportunities and risks for internal and external communication, and delivering memorable and impactful communication plans and tactics.

The role:

The Communications Strategist is a key member of Vancity’s Government Relations and Public Affairs (GRPA) team. The role will concentrate on elevating Vancity’s internal brand communications, while also supporting a wide array of external communications, including public and media relations.

 A typical day would involve:

  • Providing comprehensive strategic communications advice, resources and tactics to achieve Vancity’s project and program objectives.
  • Developing and implementing communications plans and tactics, including events, to support department and organization goals.
  • Identifying, analyzing and addressing internal and external audience communication needs.
  • Advising and supporting issues management to mitigate reputational risk and impact.
  • Monitoring, measuring and reporting effectiveness of communication strategies against project and program objectives, and modifying to improve outcomes as needed.
  • Attending meetings with internal and external stakeholders related to GRPA and Vancity project priorities and needs.
  • Writing senior executive messages, briefing and speaking notes, key messages, press releases, blog posts, op-eds and stories; producing presentations and other communications collateral.


  • Are an experienced strategic communications professional who understands the importance of message and how to position an organization’s story internally and externally.
  • Are a superlative communicator with advanced written and oral skills.
  • Know how to tell a consistent story across a diverse universe of stakeholder audiences and understand relationship management.
  • Are service-oriented and collaborative, able to support the success of cross-functional objectives.
  • Have excellent political acuity, adept at exercising informal influence across a large and diverse organization.

 You have:

  • 5 years of communications-specific experience working in a complex and fast-paced environment.

 Bonus points, if you have:

  • Political or non-profit advocacy experience.
  • Video, graphic design and/or photography experience.

The team:

The role reports to the Senior Manager, Enterprise Communications, as part of Vancity’s Government Relations and Public Affairs team (GRPA). GRPA is a strategic resource to the CEO’s Office and Executive Leadership Team and provides advice and support to Vancity’s enterprise-wide priorities.

Posting deadline: Please apply by 4:00 PM PST, August 16, 2021. Apply online now.

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