Media Relations and Public Affairs Advisor

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British Columbia Securities Commission
January 9, 2019
Vancouver, Canada
Job Type
Level of Experience
Established professional, Strategic advisor


Media Relations and Public Affairs Advisor

Communications and Education

British Columbia Securities Commission


Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, the British Columbia Securities Commission administers the Securities Act. Our mission is to foster fair and efficient capital markets and a competitive securities industry. We are an independent agency accountable to the legislature and the public through the Minister of Finance.


You will be part of a communications team, providing strategic media relations and issues management advice to the Commission. Reporting to the Manager, Media Relations and Public Affairs, you will write news releases, respond to media inquiries, prepare Commission staff for interviews, track media coverage, prepare briefing notes for government, and assist with special projects. You are a seasoned and skilled communicator with the ability to respond quickly, identify emerging issues and help to manage complex topics and issues. Your ability to draft press releases and communications materials, and write clearly about securities-related subjects is as important as your ability to support a wide variety of communications projects.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A university or college degree, preferably in the humanities, or post-degree certification in journalism, communications, or public relations
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in journalism or communications, with extensive experience producing content for wider audiences (submission of writing samples welcomed)
  • Ability to translate legal and financial language into clear, comprehensible and interesting prose, often for a general audience, while maintaining utmost accuracy
  • Appreciates the nuances inherent in writing; eager to wordsmith communications materials with the Manager, Media Relations and Public Affairs, and to view the editing process as an opportunity for long-term development
  • Attentive to detail, especially in writing news releases and in responses to the news media
  • An interest in the investment industry, economics and government
  • Ability to provide useful advice and feedback about effective communication techniques
  • Self-starter, but willingness to seek advice in gray areas
  • Excellent knowledge of computers and automated office systems in a Windows environment including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and comfort with using a content management system for posting to the web
  • Ability to use audio and video editing programs for capturing and compiling clips of media coverage
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments


The ideal candidate is an intensely curious self-starter who seeks to learn about a complex field, and also is willing to seek guidance in gray areas.


Finalists will be asked to take a test of writing and media relations skills.


We offer a challenging and rewarding work environment, and a competitive compensation package that includes a defined benefit pension plan, four weeks of vacation, and a full range of benefits.


Visit to explore this exciting opportunity and apply online by January 24, 2019. Competition #19:102.


Candidates must be authorized to work in Canada. Investment restrictions apply. We are an equal opportunity, merit-based employer.


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