Communications Specialist - Vancouver, BC | Canadian Blood Services | | 18/04/12
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Communications Specialist Full-Time

Location: Vancouver, BC
Company Name: Canadian Blood Services ()
Category: Communications

Reporting to the Manager, Public Affairs - Western Canada, the Communications Specialist - British Columbia and Yukon, is responsible for the coordination of communication efforts for Canadian Blood Services' Public Affairs Division in British Columbia and Western Canada.

  • Coordinates media activities, maintains effective media relations and acts as a spokesperson as required

  • Develops and/or coordinates internal and external communication materials for donor recruitment and retention, community partnerships, stakeholder groups, national business lines, employees and the general public

  • Proactively secures opportunities to heighten the awareness and activities for Canadian Blood Services as a whole within diverse and mainstream media and communities

  • Coordinates regional and national communications initiatives and projects to ensure they are effectively implemented; including government relations, issues management, stakeholder involvement and media relations

  • Working with multiple internal and external customers, proactively secures opportunities to heighten the awareness and the activities of all Canadian Blood Services' lines of business

  • Provides general communications and issues management support for the British Columbia and other Western Canada regions as required

  • Represents Public Affairs at local management meetings, regional committee meetings, on local emergency response teams and others as required

  • Manages Canadian Blood Services' corporate reputation across the province, in all areas of business operations

  • Maintains relationships and works closely with the regional management team and national Public Affairs team on local and national initiatives
  • Required Skills

  • Post-secondary level education in a relevant discipline from a recognized academic institution. An undergraduate degree or diploma in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required

  • A minimum of five (5) years of related experience in public relations, communication and/or stakeholder involvement

  • Extensive experience in current issues and crisis management

  • Exceptional media relations skills and on-camera experience required

  • Proven communication and relationship-building skills when working with diverse groups

  • Superior writing, reporting, communication planning and editing skills

  • Strong analytical abilities coupled with effective problem solving and decision making

  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills

  • Preference will be given to those with an IABC or CPRS accreditation

  • A strategic and analytical thinker able to focus on high value tasks, communications opportunities and details in an environment with competing priorities

  • Solid knowledge of social media and building strategies to enhance corporate reputation and donor engagement

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English. Fluency in French or another language is an asset.

  • Ability to interact with a wide-range of individuals at all levels within the organization and with external communities

  • Advanced computer competency skills with MS Word 2010 Suite and Adobe Acrobat software

  • Some travel required for regional and national meetings

Office Location

4750 Oak Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 2N9
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