Senior Communications Advisor – Projects

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
July 12, 2021
Vancouver, Canada
Job Type
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Established professional, Strategic advisor




Job Opportunity: Senior Communications Advisor – Projects (replacement term for a period of up to one year)

Join an organization that plays a critical role in Canada’s economy. At the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, we focus on doing the incredible work it takes to become the world’s most sustainable port.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port. Our mandate as a Canada Port Authority, as set out by the Canada Marine Act, is to enable Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely and responsibly through the Port of Vancouver. That means providing infrastructure and ensuring the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic and cargo within the port. It also means we carry out reviews of proposed activities and developments on federal port lands and waters to determine whether a project can go ahead without impacts to the environment and community that cannot be mitigated.

We are passionate about the work we do and what it contributes to our local communities, the region and our country. This is reflected in our values of collaboration, continuous improvement, accountability and customer responsiveness.

Be a part of a team that advances initiatives to promote economic prosperity through trade, a healthy environment and thriving communities for the future generations of Canadians.

It’s a workplace where the intrinsic value of your contribution to help foster the continued growth of the Canadian economy becomes a tangible reality. Bring your unique strengths, perspectives and experiences to the port authority and join us in charting a course toward a sustainable future.

The senior communications advisor - projects is responsible for the research, analysis, development, implementation and evaluation of strategic communications and public engagement plans in support of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led infrastructure projects. This person takes an active role in developing and executing community, government, regulatory and stakeholder outreach plans, and provides strategic advice and oversight for proactive and reactive issues management approaches. This includes media strategies and identifying and monitoring issues that may impact corporate initiatives, as well as other duties as assigned.

The senior communications advisor - projects will:


  • Develop and implement communication strategies for projects
  • Provide strategic communication and issues management advice as it relates to projects, developing and implementing plans and tactics where required
  • Translate complex concepts and materials into clear, concise and accurate briefing documents for a variety of audiences
  • Support the implementation of government, community, stakeholder, and regulatory engagement activities and initiatives
  • Work with project teams and port authority staff to ensure communications activities related to projects are aligned with other departmental and organizational objectives and initiatives

Consultation and engagement

  • Lead public and stakeholder engagement activities, including participating and facilitating meetings, workshops, virtual information sessions, and open houses for port authority-led development projects
  • Develop and implement strategies, plans, and tactics in relation to communications and community engagement issues for port infrastructure and development projects as required

Media relations

  • Implement media relations activities and recommend proactive media strategies including pitching news stories to the media, building strategic relationships with reporters to profile specific initiatives, and identifying opportunities for appropriate media coverage
  • Recommend and write a variety of communication tactics including press releases, videos, media advisories, key messages, social media content, background materials, question and answer documents, and speaking notes
  • Take and track calls from the media, assessing and recommending the appropriate responses
  • Analyze information, data and statistics regarding media requests, coverage and interviews


A university degree majoring in communications, public relations, or political science or another acceptable degree along with a minimum of four years of experience in public engagement and strategic communications in a communications environment. This person has a minimum of two years of experience developing and implementing public engagement and consultation strategies, or two years of direct media relations experience. Must have experience in strategic communications in support of complex infrastructure projects. Must have demonstrable experience and competency in best practice communication planning. Excellent writing, storytelling and editing skills, with knowledge of Canadian Press standards. Training and certification from the International Association for Public Participation is an asset.


Self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, sound judgment, tact, diplomacy and the ability to liaise confidently, effectively and positively with staff and stakeholders at all levels. This person will have an excellent written and verbal communication skills; command of the French language would be an asset. Must be a team player and have the ability to analyze situations and link information from numerous sources. Good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities is required. Ability to work under pressure on short deadlines.


Normal work conditions with some evening, weekend, and off-site work may apply. Flexibility to occasionally respond to issues during non-working hours.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program.

In response to the impact of COVID-19 around the world, where operationally possible, employees of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are able to temporarily work remotely from within Canada until further notice.

Please note this posting will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

At the port authority, we are dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our port community.

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