Senior Consultant, Communications

Back to Blogs Posted: August 15, 2023
Island Health
August 15, 2023
Victoria, Canada
Job Type
Level of Experience
Established professional, Strategic advisor
Job Location
Application Deadline
Until Filled
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n accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Provides consultation to internal partners such as Executive Directors, Medical Directors and other Island Health leaders in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of strategic communication strategies that support regional and island wide programs and initiatives (internal and external); plans and coordinates communications-related projects, special events, proactive media pitches, advertising and external speakers; writes/produces various internal/external communications materials; ensures overall quality, consistency and effectiveness of complex and/or confidential communication materials.



Bachelor degree in Communications, Public Relations and/or related discipline, supplemented with five (5) to seven (7) year's recent related experience in a communications or public affairs role in a large public sector, health care and/or similarly complex organization, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Sound knowledge, understanding and application of communications concepts, strategies and technical skills required in the planning, execution and evaluation of communications plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic counsel to others.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and write a broad range of copy in a variety of media. Expertise in strategic storytelling and translating complex topics and technical terms into compelling copy for audiences.
  • Demonstrated applied knowledge of current trends in writing, graphic arts, photographic arts, display/exhibit development and electronic communications such as social media.
  • Ability to manage projects on budget and on deadline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the essence and subtleties of communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate effective media publicity and special events.
  • Demonstrated ability to network, build consensus, resolve conflicts, and foster teamwork among a variety of interest holders at all levels of the organization, influencing and persuading when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to be client-focused, to develop and maintain rapport and effective working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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