Senior Communications Specialist Media Relations and Issues Management

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Position Summary


Job ID:  3584


Location:  BURNABY, BC

To be considered for this role, applications MUST be submitted online, by clicking on 'Apply' below.


BC Housing is a provincial Crown agency with an annual budget of $1.45 billion (2019/20) and a portfolio of housing services and programs that assist 110,400+ households in over 300 communities provincewide. As such, we continually seek sustainable housing solutions that are supported by excellence in service delivery and research, and take into account social, financial and environmental impacts.

There is not a more compelling opportunity for a communications professional than joining a team committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives and communities. The Communications Branch is growing to be able to help BC Housing deliver on the historic investment in affordable housing now underway, and this could be your chance to join the high-performing team responsible for delivering safe, affordable and quality housing for British Columbians.

The Communications Branch is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of internal and external communications strategies to educate and inform the public and staff regarding the delivery of affordable housing programs by the government. This is achieved through a broad range of activities related to media relations, issues management, social media, employee communications, and government, stakeholder and community relations.

As a Senior Communications Specialist, Media Relations & Issues Management, you’ll be tasked with supporting, and at times leading, media, issues, events and announcements throughout BC. In this role, you will liaise with regional directors, development managers, operational staff as well as key partners and stakeholders to ensure BC Housing is ahead of emerging issues. You’ll also form strong relationships with media and support engaging pitches and events that illustrate how affordable housing is positively changing the lives of British Columbians. Through written and video content creation, you’ll help to bring BC Housing’s story to life and expose the important work and unique partnerships that we are developing.

Reporting to the Manager, Media Relations & Issues Management, you will work closely with the team’s four Communications Advisors to support targeted media relations strategies, implement issues management approaches and rollout event plans. You will also build relationships as you respond to inquiries from our Ministry, partners and stakeholders. Your creativity will be key as you support content for our social channels, write engaging news releases, interview partners and staff to develop stories for our website, and assist with storyboarding and coordination of videos. You will be a core member of the team that supports our tracking and filing systems, ensuring we’re sharing our most recent messaging with the Communications Branch and other departments throughout the Commission.

If you are an excellent writer with experience in media relations, issues management, events, and want to expand your skillset in a fast-paced, challenging and rewarding environment, this could be your chance to help deliver important change through a dedicated role with a complex portfolio.

How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies.  To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position.  This information will be used as part of the selection process.

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please add your cover letter to your resume and submit both documents as your resume.

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As part of the application process, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire which must be completed in order for your application to be considered. Please allot up to 5 minutes to fill it out after submitting your resume and cover letter as one single document.

Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at will be accepted

If you are passionate about what you do and want to use your expertise to engage in a meaningful and challenging work, please apply to join our team today at

At BC Housing, we're committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.  If you require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

We didn’t become one of BC’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers without a lot of thought, care and consideration for our team and environment. Our supportive and collaborative workplace balances engaging and challenging work with personal development and wellness initiatives.