Government and Media Relations Officer
Duration: Permanent, Full Time
Location: Richmond, BC
Deadline date: March 1, 2023
Our Government and Media Relations department is looking for a Government and Media Relations Officer to join our team. In this role, you'll respond to government and MLA office enquiries on a variety of topics relating to our lines of business and also support media relations and issues management.
You'll be joining our Government and Media Relations team which works to build and strengthen relationships with government and media and strives to support an organization that makes a difference to the workers and employers of British Columbia.
How you'll make a difference: You'll build the understanding and trust that helps WorkSafeBC serve people across B.C.
Where you'll work
WorkSafeBC, we offer a hybrid work model that combines the convenience of working remotely with the dynamism of working in one of our offices, based on the operational needs of the position.
In this role, you'll work primarily from your B.C. home and in our Richmond office once a month.
- Liaise with senior departmental staff, as well as staff throughout our organization, to ensure external communications are accurate and consistent with our strategic direction
- Develop briefing notes, news releases, media advisories, backgrounders, fact sheets, and key messages
- Build and maintain productive relationships with external stakeholders; in particular, with key government stakeholders
- Develop and maintain targeted media lists and analyze media output, as required
- Track government inquiries and create monthly reports
We're looking for someone who can:
- Clearly and concisely present and explain technical information, verbally and in writing in plain language, to audiences with varying levels of understanding and information needs
- Work with government, MLA offices and internal stakeholders to provide timely, accurate, informed and contextual responses to queries
- Independently plan, organize and prioritize multiple projects and tasks to meet departmental and organizational deadlines and goals
- Provide excellent customer service to internal and external clients by putting them at ease, responding courteously, and providing solid advice and consultation
- Apply understanding of BC's political landscape to inform both reactive and proactive government relations
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with government contacts
Your background and experience
- A bachelor's degree or diploma in communications, journalism, public relations, political science or a similar discipline
- A minimum of three years of experience in the following:
- - field of communications, media relations, journalism or government relations
- - working with government, crown corporations or agencies, and ministries
- Experience working with MLAs or other elected officials
- Experience in issues management
- Experience working in media relations or journalism is considered an asset
- We'll consider an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Important to know
Before we can finalize any offer of employment, you must:
- Successfully meet the legal requirements under the Criminal Records Review Act to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.
- Confirm you're legally entitled to work in Canada
WorkSafeBC's COVID-19 Employee Mandatory Vaccine Policy (the "Policy") is suspended effective January 9, 2023, however we reserve the right to re-implement it in response to changes in the public health landscape, including public health orders. We are committed to the protection, health, and safety of our employees and our Communicable Disease Prevention Program and related protocols remain in effect.
Who we are
At WorkSafeBC, we promote safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, we provide compensation and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We're honoured to serve the 2.6 million workers and 270,000 registered employers in our province.
What's it like to work at WorkSafeBC?
It's challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. Our positions offer diversity and opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important, and so are the people we do it for.
Our ability to make a difference relies on building a team with a rich variety of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences that reflects the diversity of the people we serve. We are committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive work culture where everyone can contribute as their best, authentic self.
Learn more: Discover who we are.
As a member of our team, you'll have access to services and benefits that help you get the most out of work — and life. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package includes:
- Defined benefit pension plan that provides you with a lifetime monthly pension when you retire
- 3 weeks of vacation in your first year, with regular increases based on years of service
- Extensive health care and dental benefits
- Optional leave and earned-time-off arrangements
- Development opportunities (tuition reimbursement, leadership development, and more)
Learn more: Find out what we offer.
Want to apply?
Applications are welcomed immediately, however must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. PST on the closing date.
Please note that we will be starting assessments prior to the closing date.
We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you require an accommodation in the assessment process, please email Recruitment Testing Accommodation (SM) when you submit your application.
Please apply online at: https://rita.illicohodes.com/go/63e2da5e752c844352cb90b7/5ee8cdf24530fa089f2b7e90/en