Director, Internal & Leadership Communications

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Island Health
May 3, 2024
1952 Bay Street, Victoria, Canada
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Established professional, Business leader
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Island Health is seeking a Director, Internal & Leadership Communications to join our growing team.

Reporting to the Vice-President (VP), Communications & Partnerships, the Director, Internal & Leadership Communications is responsible for strategic planning and operational leadership of internal communications that foster positive staff and medical staff engagement and collaboration within Island Health.

Key responsibilities include development and implementation of internal and leadership communications and engagement strategies, branding initiatives and tactics linked to Island Health's strategic framework and vision. Provides leadership and direction to a team of professional communications staff responsible for providing communications guidance and tools in support of overall Island Health strategy, including staff/medical staff town halls, management of and support for information and engagement campaigns, intranet website and content coordination, and coordination of print and electronic publication materials. Oversees internal communications and engagement projects ensuring appropriate messaging, change management communications and organizational branding, working in collaboration with inter- and intra-portfolio partners.

Works closely with senior leaders across Island Health and all levels of the organization to provide communications counsel including consultation, facilitation and negotiation. Liaises with government and other agencies and works with other health authorities, regional boards and agencies regarding common issues and announcements.

• A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations, or other relevant discipline
• Plus a minimum of ten (10) years' recent related experience in progressively more complex senior management/leadership roles in a large, multi-union environment.

Skills and Abilities
• Mastery of communications and government relations concepts, strategies, and technical skills required in the planning, execution, and evaluation of government relations, community relations, and communication plans for a diverse and complex range of internal and external partners.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
• Strong public speaking skills with the ability to engage diverse audiences.
• Experience in developing response plans, coordinating messaging and managing media inquiries during emergencies or sensitive situations.
• Knowledge of public policy, philanthropy, health promotion, and social marketing as applied to health care.
• Knowledge of legislative policy development and processes of various levels of government.
• Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills.
• Demonstrated ability to create and execute strategic communications plans.
• Demonstrated ability to manage partners and navigate complex relationships, supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions.
• Demonstrated ability to problem-solve with a global perspective in order to incorporate the organization's systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems.
• Demonstrated willingness to take initiative, be creative, and exercise sound judgment.
• Adherence to the highest ethical standards, demonstrating accountability, integrity, and transparency in actions at all times.
• Demonstrated commitment to the value of continuous learning.
• Proficiency in the use of personal computers and applicable computer software applications.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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Why work with Island Health?
Island Health offers health care services to more than 850,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities through hospitals, clinics, health centres, community-based health units, long-term care and assisted living facilities. As the largest employer on Vancouver Island, we employ 27,000 employees and 2,400 physician partners, as well as hosting more than 2,500 volunteers.

We believe that our values guide our actions and relationships, shaping how we make decisions and plan for the future. At Island Health, C.A.R.E. guides everything we do:
• Courage: To do the right thing – to change, innovate and grow.
• Aspire: To the highest degree of quality and safety.
• Respect: To value each individual and bring trust to every relationship.
• Empathy: To give the kind of care we would want for our loved ones.

Island Health continues to be selected for top employer awards, including BC Top Employer (2024). Employees may be eligible for exceptional employer-paid benefit packages including dental and prescription coverage, group life, long-term disability and an extensive extended health plan, as well as vacation, leave, and municipal pension benefits.

Our Commitment
Island Health offers programs and services on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples.
As an organization, we are committed to cultural safety and humility and we demonstrate this through our actions to address Indigenous-specific racism, systemic racism and the ongoing impacts of colonialism.
Please reach out to our Indigenous Recruitment and Retention team for support with your application if you identify as Indigenous at

About Vancouver Island
Live, work and play! Surrounded by ocean, Vancouver Islanders enjoy the best year-round climate in Canada, with warm summers and mild winters. Imagine skiing, golfing and scuba diving all on the same day! The relaxed pace, easy access to outdoor activities, and an abundance of art, music, theatre and festivals ensure that there is something for everyone.
Whatever the lifestyle you are looking for, we have it here.

Vaccination Notification
To keep our employees, clients and the communities we serve safe, Island Health is enforcing an employee mandatory vaccination policy which is intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As such, Island Health requires Proof of BC Provincial Immunization Registration as a condition of employment, and any offers of employment are contingent on you providing proof of vaccination before the commencement of the offered effective date. If an offer of employment is extended, but proof of vaccination is not provided, the offer will be rescinded.

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