Government and Media Relations Officer

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June 20, 2019
Richmond, Canada
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We’re looking for a government and media relations officer to respond to media and government enquiries on a variety of topics relating to our lines of business. You’ll also create and implement proactive media relations campaigns on occupational health and safety initiatives and identify editorial opportunities, as needed. You’ll also help us develop results-based media relations strategies and tactics.


You’ll be joining our Government, Community, and Media Relations team, who work to build and strengthen relationships with government, media, and community stakeholders, and who strive to support an organization that makes a difference to the workers and employers of British Columbia.


What you’ll do

As a government and media relations officer you will:

  • Liaise with senior departmental staff, as well as staff throughout our organization, to ensure external communications are consistent with our strategic direction
  • Develop media plans, news releases, media advisories, backgrounders, fact sheets, and key corporate messages
  • Coordinate media outreach, including pitching stories to media, distributing editorial media materials, and setting up interviews
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with external stakeholders; in particular, with government representatives
  • Develop and maintain province-wide targeted media lists and analyze media output, as required
  • Act as a company spokesperson, when assigned


Is this a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Clearly and concisely present and explain technical information, verbally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of understanding and information needs
  • Independently plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects and tasks to meet departmental and organizational deadlines and goals
  • Be a flexible and active team player
  • Strive to achieve best outcomes in a collaborative work environment
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external clients by putting them at ease, responding courteously, and providing solid advice and consultation
  • Analyze large volumes of complex information and create proactive media plans and strategies
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with external media contacts


Your experience and educational background:

  • A minimum of a post-secondary diploma with a focus such as journalism, communications, public relations, or a similar discipline
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the field of communications, media relations, journalism, or government relations


Who are we?

At WorkSafeBC, we’re dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across B.C. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases do occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers’ compensation system today and for future generations. We’re honoured to serve the almost 2.4 million workers and 245,000 employers in our province.


What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent 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 benefits

Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package includes vacation, optional leave arrangements, health care and dental benefits, and contributions toward your retirement pension. As a member of our team, you'll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life. Learn more about what we offer.


We’re an inclusive and accessible employer, committed to employment equity objectives, and we invite applications from all qualified individuals. Please note that this position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.


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