Manager, Public Affairs

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Pacific Salmon Foundation
June 13, 2019
Vancouver or Victoria, Canada
Job Type
Level of Experience
Established professional


The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), founded in 1987, is a federally incorporated non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in British Columbia and the Yukon.  Operating independently from government, PSF facilitates dialogue and undertakes positive initiatives in support of Pacific salmon amongst all levels of government including First Nations; as well as industry, communities, individual volunteers and all fishing interests.

Position Overview

The Manager, Public Affairs (MPA) manages communications and public affairs issues at the Pacific Salmon Foundation, with an emphasis on the development and implementation of communications strategies and plans, stakeholder and media engagement, and government relations. The MPA collaborates closely with the Communications Manager and the entire Development, Communications and Marketing team.


Roles and Responsibilities

The MPA will have several key areas of responsibility including:

  • Developing and implementing strategies, communications plans and tactics in relation to communications and stakeholder engagement issues;
  • Engaging with, building and maintaining strong relationships with provincial/local/regional news media and numerous external stakeholders including PSF grantees, partners and governments;
  • Working with staff and management to identify pressing communication needs and providing planning and expert advice;
  • Acting as the primary point of contact for all media inquiries;
  • Developing and implementing proactive media and public relations strategies to enhance awareness of PSF and its activities;
  • Assisting with government relations including planning meetings, writing briefs and tracking issues;
  • Writing, editing and disseminating media, government relations and stakeholder products;
  • Creating and maintaining project timelines and schedules that support the completion of media relations projects; and
  • Other duties as required.


A post-secondary degree in communications, public relations or journalism is preferable. At least five years of relevant senior communication experience, in a not-for-profit, government or journalism capacity is essential.

Exceptional verbal and written communications skills; an ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences in several different mediums; the ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines; the ability to work independently and within a team environment and to demonstrate a high degree of initiative; the ability to exercise tact, discretion, diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.

To apply please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to

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