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Senior Communications Specialist, Community and Tenant Affairs

BC Housing

Senior Communications Specialist, Community & Tenant Affairs
Stakeholder Engagement/Community & Indigenous Relations/Issues Management

Job ID: 3990


Location: BURNABY, BC

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

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The Senior Communications Specialist, Community & Tenant Affairs is part of a dynamic team focused on engaging communities as we work collaboratively with municipalities, our non-profit partners and community organizations to foster supportive and affordable housing solutions for those in need across British Columbia.

BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership. Our mission is making a difference in people’s lives and communities through safe, affordable, and quality housing.

The Corporate Communications Branch at BC Housing manages a broad range of internal and external communication activities including media relations, public events, issues management, information campaigns, digital engagement (including social media), public engagement, and tenant communications. This professional communications team of 30 plays an integral role in ensuring that all members of the community are included and can participate in initiatives that affect them.

The successful candidate will focus on planning, developing, and implementing strategies that reach out to and communicate directly with individuals and groups in the Northern Region, whose interests are being served. A key aspect of the role will be building strong relationships with First Nations and Indigenous groups.

The focus of this role is to engage the public and stakeholders through community engagement plans, public events, and communications, to develop relationships and the basis for identifying common ground and working collaboratively with internal and external partners to support upcoming new development initiatives. This role includes issues management, strategy development, project management, community outreach, and public relations.

This is a senior role in the Community & Tenant Affairs team and is responsible for developing and implementing communication and engagement strategies to support a wide range of initiatives, including bringing new affordable and supportive housing opportunities to communities as well as supporting redevelopment and renovation initiatives.

CANDIDATE PROFILE: The successful candidate requires the following:


Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma in communications, public engagement, or other relevant discipline.
Education and experience in building relationships with First Nations & Indigenous communities
4+ years of progressive experience in communications in the field of:community relations,
public engagement,
strategic communications planning,
issues management,
stakeholder engagement, and
event planning and execution
Communications-related work experience in a public sector environment an asset
Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience acceptable to the employer


Issues Management/Community & Indigenous Relations/Stakeholder Engagement

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, theories, and principles of communications, specifically in the public sector environment
Strong knowledge and understanding of public engagement best practices
Ability to work closely with internal and external partners and stakeholders in planning and implementing community engagement strategies, provide strategic communications advice, and facilitate problem solving in achieving results
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner while displaying a high degree of judgement, discretion, and decision-making ability
Ability to plan, coordinate and oversee the execution of a variety of public events and announcements
Ability to analyze, problem-solve, mediate, and mitigate difficult situations

Ability to develop compelling collateral materials using a combination of visuals and strong writing
Ability to write, prepare and post content to websites for both internal and external audiences
Ability to work effectively with social media platforms
Strong verbal, writing, editing, and presentation skills
Workstyle & Work Skills

Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills
Ability to work independently and as a team player and provide team leadership on various projects
Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressures, with scrupulous attention to details
Ability to travel on Commission business and work evenings and weekends as required
Proficient in the use of MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Why Join the BC Housing Team?

BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians. And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:

In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
Participation in community and charitable events.
** Please note: Eligibility for benefits offered is based on employment status **

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.

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At BC Housing, we’re committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We invite and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. 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.

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