BAND 2 – Senior Public Affairs Officer

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Author ahnationtalk
Date March 6, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $63,200.00 - $87,600.00 - Annual
Location Victoria, BC
Category Admin / Office
Client BC Public Service
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BAND 2 – Senior Public Affairs Officer – (58778)

Posting Title: BAND 2 – Senior Public Affairs Officer
Position Classification: Band 2 OIC
Union: N/A
Location: Victoria, BC V9B6X2 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $63,200.00 – $87,600.00 annually
Close Date: 3/15/2019
Job Type: Temporary Assignment (TA)
Temporary End Date: 11/30/2019
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Ministry of Finance
Ministry Branch / Division: Government Communications & Public Engagement
Job Summary:

Senior Public Affairs Officer – Ministry of Finance
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Classification Band 2 OIC
Salary Range $63,200.00 – $87,600.00 annually

An eligibility list will be established

We are currently recruiting for two temporary vacancies to fill within our communications teams at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.  These 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 Senior 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 including development and implementation of strategic communications plans; preparation a variety of written communications products; issues management; event support and liaison with Minister’s Office staff as appropriate. This position may undertake projects and assignments requiring a high degree of independence and lead project teams that include both GCPE and ministry staff in developing communications strategic and tactical plans. The Senior Public Affairs Officer can act in the absence of the Manager to coordinate work flow processes and engage with key ministry stakeholders around project delivery.


Develops and implements approved communication programs and strategic plans, and help assemble necessary resources:

  • Develops comprehensive communications strategies to guide communications activities in support of ministry programs and services
  • Undertakes highly sensitive ministry-wide communications assignments
  • Prepares briefing materials, fact sheets, etc.
  • Mentors and guides other communications officers as the opportunity arises
  • Supports issues management by identifying issues or potential issues
  • Provides advice on response to issues; and prepares issues notes and public/media statements for use in responding to public or media reaction to issues
  • Leads and liaises with non-communications staff on communications projects
  • Identifies target audiences and media outlets to maximize impact of announcements
  • Researches, coordinates and administers internal/external communication projects, services and information materials:
    • Researches and develops a variety of communications materials including news releases, articles, editorials, publications and other written communications products
    • Plans, coordinates and executes special projects, displays, events, minister’s tours, etc.
    • Assesses communications programs, report findings and recommends improvements
    • Writes, edits, proofreads, designs, produces and distributes ministry written products/web materials
    • Writes and coordinates speeches, briefing notes, and media articles for the minister and senior staff
  • Coordinates other related communication services:
    • Prepares cost estimates for communications products/services including advertising
    • Produces presentations including power point presentations
  • Serves in the absence of the Communications Manager and performs other related duties as required


  • Post secondary degree in a communications related field (journalism, public relations, political science, writing, English, marketing etc.) and minimum 3 years’ experience as a Public Affairs Officer or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in a mentorship capacity
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Developing Others involves a genuine intent to foster the long-term learning or development of others through coaching, managing performance and mentoring. Its focus is on developmental intent and effect rather than on a formal role of training. For this competency to be considered, the individual’s actions should be driven by a genuine desire to develop others, rather than by a need to transfer adequate skills to complete tasks.
  • Flexibility is the ability and willingness to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of diverse situations, and with diverse individuals or groups. Flexibility entails understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives on an issue, adapting one’s approach as situations change and accepting changes within one’s own job or organization.
  • Problem Solving/Judgement is the ability to analyse problems systematically, organize information, identify key factors, identify underlying causes, and generate solutions.
  • Planning, Organizing and Coordinating involves proactively planning, establishing priorities and allocating resources. It is expressed by developing and implementing increasingly complex plans. It also involves monitoring and adjusting work to accomplish goals and deliver to the organization’s mandate.
  • Interpersonal Proficiency, builds effective relationships, gains the trust and respect of others, deals with issues and conflicts in a constructive way, contributes to a motivating environment
  • Teamwork and Co-operation is the ability to work co-operatively within diverse teams, work groups and across the organization to achieve group and organizational goals. It includes the desire and ability to understand and respond effectively to other people from diverse backgrounds with diverse views.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  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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