BAND 1 – Public Affairs Officer

Job Information
Author ahnationtalk
Date March 6, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $54,000.00 - $75,400.00 - Per Hour
Location Victoria, BC
Category Admin / Office
Client BC Public Service
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BAND 1 – Public Affairs Officer – (58774)

Posting Title: BAND 1 – Public Affairs Officer
Position Classification: Band 1 OIC
Union: N/A
Location: Victoria, BC V9B6X2 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $54,000.00 – $75,400.00 annually
Close Date: 3/19/2019
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date:
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Ministry of Finance
Ministry Branch / Division: Government Communications & Public Engagement
Job Summary:

Public Affairs Officer – Ministry of Finance
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Classification Band 1 OIC
Salary Range
$54,000.00 – $75,400.00 annually

An eligibility list will be established

We are currently recruiting for two regular and one temporary vacancy to fill within our communications teams at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Ministry of Attorney General and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Temporary vacancies could lead to permanent, ongoing positions.

From this posting, we will also be creating an eligibility list to fill future permanent and temporary vacancies that arise


Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) is a dynamic, progressive organization that supports the government in its ongoing dialogue with British Columbians. GCPE leads and coordinates government communications and public engagement through five divisions: Communications Operations Division, Strategic Issues Division, Strategic Communications Division Government Digital Experience Division and Corporate Operations Division.

The Communications Operations Division is responsible for the communications management and coordination of corporate priority files of government and provides strategic coordination of daily issues-based communications activities to meet government’s communications requirements for issues management.


The Public Affairs Officer reports to the Communications Director and is accountable to the Communications Manager. This position provides a range of professional communications expertise and services on behalf of its assigned ministry. The incumbent prepares a variety of written communications products and executes communication plans, provides issues management, event coordination, and media relations expertise.


  • Research, coordinate and administer internal/external communication projects and services:
    • Research and develop a variety of communications materials including news releases, articles, editorials, publications and other written communications products
    • Plan, coordinate and execute special projects, displays, events, minister’s tours, etc.
    • Assess communications programs, report findings and recommend improvements
    • Implement approved communication programs and strategic plans, and help assemble necessary resources
    • Undertake highly sensitive ministry-wide communications assignments
    • Prepare briefing materials, fact sheets, etc.  Mentor and guide other communications officers as the opportunity arises
    • Mentor and guide other communications officers as the opportunity arises
  • Research, coordinate and prepare information materials:
    • Write, edit, proofread, design, produce and distribute ministry written products/web materials
    • Write and coordinate speeches, briefing notes, and media articles for the minister and senior staff
  • Conduct issues management by identifying issues or potential issues
  • Provide advice on response to issues; and prepare issues notes and public/media statements for use in responding to public or media reaction to issues
  • Provide advice to non-communications staff on communications projects
  • Identify target audiences and media outlets to maximize impact of announcements
  • Prepare cost estimates for communications products/services
  • Conduct media monitoring which could also include transcription
  • Produce presentations including power point presentations
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Post Secondary degree in a communications related field (journalism, public relations, political science, writing, English, marketing etc.) and
  • 18 months experience as a Junior Public Affairs Officer or 3 years of related experience in the communications field.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and capacity for critical thinking (tested)
  • Experience working in the field of communications for a large organization.
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position


  • Communication involves using a broad range of communication styles and choosing the appropriate, effective way to communicate to audiences in diverse situations. This includes communicating in a respectful tone and manner; listening actively and communicating effectively with others; writing clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats; listening and asking questions to understand other people’s viewpoints; and communicating issues in a timely manner.
  • Critical Thinking is evaluating information that is fed to you, and determining how to interpret it, what to believe and whether something appears to be right or wrong. A person who employs critical thinking often adds the question “why” to “who, what, where, and when” in a particular situation. It often requires a lot of time, questions, and considerations and involves a longer process before arriving at a conclusion or decision.
  • Relationship Building is working to build or maintain ethical relationships, networks or contacts with people who are, or may be, potentially helpful in achieving work-related goals and establishing advantages. This involves meeting ministry staff and key stakeholders, having regular contact with program area and stakeholders, (not just when you need something from them) and the ability to unearth nuggets that are productive and proactive.
  • Planning, Organizing and Co-ordinating involves proactively planning, establishing priorities and allocating resources. It involves monitoring and adjusting work to accomplish goals and deliver multiple communication products on time.
  • Organizational Commitment is the ability and willingness to align one’s own behaviour with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization. It also includes acting in accordance with organizational decisions and behaving with integrity.

For specific position related enquiries, please contact Melissa Sigouin by email at  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.


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