Employment Opportunity

Manager of Communications and Projects

Employment:     Contract position July 6 to January 10, 2022 (maternity leave)

Hours:                 4 days/week (Monday to Thursday)

Location:            #211 – 6125 Sussex Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Salary Range:    $55,000 – $65,000 (depending on experience)

About the BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society (BCAHL)

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is a registered not for profit society that first came together in 2003 with a vision for ‘healthy living for all British Columbians through every stage of life’. BCAHL promotes healthy living to prevent chronic disease by mobilizing leading health organizations to collaborate on health policy and programs. The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is an alliance in the truest sense – the leaders of some of the province’s largest and most influential health organizations make up the representatives that govern BCAHL and determine strategic priorities and directions.

BCAHL advances health promoting policies, programs and environments that support the physical and mental well-being of British Columbians. Since our beginning, BCAHL has provided oversight for health promotion programming that have affected tens of thousands of British Columbians reaching across BC– from the far north Daylu Dena Council near Lower Post to Sooke in the southwest to Sparwood in the southeast of the province.

As an advocacy group, we work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease. To learn more about BCAHL please visit www.bchealthyliving.ca

Position Overview:

BCAHL is looking for a dynamic communicator with a passion for public health who is an organized self-starter and possesses solid project management skills to cover an 18-month maternity leave.

The Manager of Communications and Projects will work closely with the Executive Director to plan and direct all communications activities of the alliance and oversee select projects.   This position requires a strategic communications professional who can manage the brand of a multi-agency organization and employ a variety of mediums and channels to communicate with diverse audiences.

The successful applicant will have exceptional writing skills and experience developing engaging materials, such as: reports, presentations, website and social media content, blogs, e-newsletters and press releases.  This includes the ability to guide graphic design to deliver visually attractive communications that reinforce key messages.  Given the current COVID19 pandemic, there will be a strong emphasis on creating engaging webinars and podcasts, which includes script-writing, interviewing and editing.

This position requires someone who is able to comprehend and distill public health concepts, scientific literature and other types of research and translate them into plain language.  Knowledge translation and exchange activities will be an ongoing part of the work.

Project management skills will be necessary to plan, organize and implement key communications projects such as social media campaigns, webinars, podcasts and special reports on healthy living topics, in addition to targeted healthy living initiatives.

We are a small, busy and multi-tasking staff team based in Burnaby who are currently working remotely.  We anticipate that some form of telecommuting will continue for the duration of the contract and so it’s essential that the candidate is comfortable working independently.  We are looking for a team member who is a self-starter but able to take direction and collaborate with others.  Flexibility is necessary to manage multiple priorities and respond to emerging issues and a sense of humour is essential.

 Required skills and knowledge:

  • A university degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, marketing, public health or a related area.
  • A minimum of five years of communications experience including two years of experience in project management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of health promotion, chronic disease prevention and health equity.
  • Familiarity with branding, marketing and promotion, and public relations.
  • Experience developing communications plans and strategies to engage diverse audiences.
  • Exceptional writing ability with strong grammar and editing skills.
  • Social media skills – experience using a range of social media platforms and the development of content calendars and specific campaigns.
  • Graphic design direction – production of reports, infographics and visual content for websites and social media.
  • Proven track record of successful media relations, including writing press releases, op-eds and pitching stories to media.
  • Confidence in speaking and presentation and adept interpersonal skills. Tact and good judgment required.
  • Ability to use metrics to measure success of campaigns or projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and ingenuity.
  • Project management experience – establishing and maintaining effective relationships with suppliers/vendors and stakeholders, ensuring project milestones are met, tracking key deliverables and reporting on progress.

The following skills would be considered additional assets in this role:

  • Experience developing e-newsletters, webinars and podcasts, including using platforms like Zoom, GoToWebinar, Apple Podcasts, MailChimp and editing software such as Audacity.
  • Government relations experience.
  • Fundraising experience including grant writing.
  • Ability to use WordPress.


Salary is negotiable within the range based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation at 12 days per year plus time off when the office closed for the holidays at the end of the year (Dec 24-Jan 3).

Application Information:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and interest in the position to BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society by email to: info@bchealthyliving.ca

Application deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.  We thank all applicants for their interest.

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