Senior Communications Advisor

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The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) is one of Canada’s most innovative transportation authorities, founded in 1999 to plan and manage transportation within Metro Vancouver. We’ve achieved success not only in improving the transportation network of the region, but helping maintain the enviable lifestyle of residents and the viability of local businesses. TransLink and our family of companies (Coast Mountain Bus Company, B.C. Rapid Transit Company and Transit Police) are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers


The TL Senior Communications Advisor participates in the development of strategic communications plans and supervises staff as required. Develops, coordinates, implements and monitors TransLink’s operational and tactical communications initiatives, which may include social media and traditional media strategies.


  • Participates in the development of strategies and plans for TransLink communication and issues management, collaborating with the Manager, Communications to ensure alignment to TransLink’s over-arching communication strategy for the enterprise.
  • Provides communication analysis for major TransLink initiatives, liaising with staff, contracted public relations/ communication resources, and ensuring plans and deliverables integrate corporate strategies, media relations, consultation, marketing and government relations elements.
  • Initiates, develops and manages internal and external communication programs across the TransLink enterprise, collaborating with communications resources in the operating companies to ensure consistent and timely implementation.
  • Develops and maintains the effective communications strategies and plans to communicate with TransLink’s stakeholders. Monitors public reaction to issues critical to maintaining confidence in TransLink as a public organization.
  • May act as TransLink’s primary issues management and spokesperson in the media.
  • Supervises and mentors junior staff, and assists in the supervision of external consultants.


Education and Experience:

The competencies for this position would typically be acquired through successful completion of a university degree/college diploma in Communications or a related field plus a minimum of four (4) Years experience in corporate communications or public relations within a large public organization with experience in electronic publishing.

Other Requirements:

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills to develop and implement communication strategies, plans and a variety of communication materials, including web and social media content.
  • Solid knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, practices and techniques of strategic communications
  • Solid interpersonal and relationship building skills with ability to recognize political and other sensitivities, and develop credibility with internal stakeholders through communicatio
  • Advanced knowledge of standard office tools including word processing, web-based and presentation software
  • Solid project management and time management skills
  • Solid working knowledge of electronic publishing and social media
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills
  • Solid supervisory and people management skills

Other Information

Recruitment Process:  An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process.  A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week.

How to Apply

Go to to apply for this position and view instructions on the process.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

Posting Date: March 21, 2017
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.

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