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Communications Officer (CEIT)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Interested applicants must submit their application and all required documents online on the Douglas College Career Site Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling the position. All internal applications must be received by March 21, 2023. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying. All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Communications Officer (CEIT)
Posting Number 01805SA
Location Anvil Office Tower, New Westminster
Grade or Pay Level S - Pay Level 14
Salary Range $51,468 per annum (with wage increments to a max of $57,605 per annum), which includes a special allowance of $2,000 per annum. Salary and wage increments are in accordance with the Collective Agreement.
Position Type Support Staff - Regular
Posting Type Internal/External
Regular/Temporary Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Posting Category Staff
Start Date 04/04/2023
End Date
Day of the Week Mondays to Fridays
Shift 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Work Arrangements
This regular full-time (35 hours per week) position is available starting April 4, 2022. Regular hours of work are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required. The position is located at the Anvil Office Tower/New Westminster campus; however, successful candidate must be available for occasional work at the Coquitlam campus. Douglas College is committed to supporting a healthy work/life balance for employees. A modified/flexible schedule and/or hybrid work from home arrangement may be considered, subject to the terms of the College’s Work From Home Policy.

This position supports the Centre for Educational & Information Technology (CEIT).
What Douglas Offers
DO what you love. Be good at it. That’s how Douglas College defines a great career. It’s a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC’s Top Employers. We love what we do. And we’re looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada’s best colleges even better.
The Role
Reporting to the Manager, Communications, the Communications Officer is responsible for the overall creation, management, implementation and supervision of communication activities in the Officer’s area of work and in collaboration with campus partners. The position coordinates internal communications to engage students and contribute to Douglas College’s vibrant reputation and its leadership position within British Columbia post-secondary institutions. The Officer assists with the development of annual, long-term, or project-based communications plans that align with independent unit goals, and supports the Douglas College Strategic Plan.
1. Administers strategic communications
a. Creates and administers strategic communication plans for specified area of the College.
b. Leads all communications related activities in specified area of the College.
c. Manages implementation of department-based and project-based communication plans.
d. Collaborates with Manager, Communications and campus colleagues on college-wide communication projects to define project communication objectives; identify stakeholders, strategies, tactics and timelines; and evaluation.
e. Actively seeks partnerships and develops relationships with other campus areas and groups to identify and leverage opportunities for collaborative communication that supports Douglas College’s reputation.
f. Prepares communication analysis reports from a variety of sources (e.g. social media analytics, surveys, Google analytics) to determine the effectiveness of communication plans and makes recommendations for future improvements.

2. Creates dynamic content
a. Generates and posts dynamic original content, from a variety of sources (College stakeholders, blogs, web, etc.) to social media, college website, digital signage, blog, DC Connect, the app, CRM, and other communication tools.
b. Organizes, prioritizes and schedules content distribution on social media, digital signage, blog, and other communication tools.
c. Ensures accuracy of content by coordinating workflow and collaborating with members of project teams, including external content contributors, employees, students and others.
d. Researches, organizes information and performs interviews for internal and external communications including: informational copy, promotional copy, marketing copy, College annual/community report, special bulletins, speeches, video scripts, etc.
e. Provides substantive editing, copy-editing and proofreading services for material written by other College employees.

3. Monitors, recommends and communicates on appropriate tools
a. Protects Douglas College’s reputation by monitoring social networks and independently responding to conversations about Douglas College and advises the Manager about items that may adversely affect the College.
b. Maintains high-level of knowledge and keeps apprised of changes to institutional communication tools in order to use the tools effectively including digital signage functionality and Moxie software manager, app manager, SiteCore website manager, Bonzai SharePoint overlay, Microsoft CRM software, ClickDimensions, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and others.
c. Approves usage and provides recommendations of digital signage, Douglas College app, social media accounts, and other tools.
d. Educates campus colleagues about traditional, non-traditional and emergent communication channels, and recommends appropriate communication tools to promote programs, courses, and events.
e. Maintains a comprehensive list of communication channels and tools available to Douglas College employees.

4. Coordinates media relations activities
a. Coordinates media relations outreach for College and college-wide projects including project-specific media relations plans, pitch lists (for traditional and non-traditional outlets), sourcing spokespeople and pitching media.
b. Develops media training materials (e.g. interview questions, briefing notes, etc.) for College spokespeople including president and senior management team, and participates in training with the Manager, Communications.
c. Plans, researches, writes, edits and distributes media releases, media advisories, and media kits on College programs, services, issues and special events.
d. Researches and maintains print and electronic media contact list.
e. Communicates with media reporters and editors.
f. Maintains newspaper clipping archive.
g. Analyzes and evaluates media coverage.

5. Supervisory duties
a. Hires and evaluates student staff including providing orientation and ensuring the provision of appropriate training and professional development;
b. Initiates and processes appropriate personnel, payroll, accounting and purchasing documentation.
c. Supervises the daily operation of positions under his/her authority; provides input into staff job descriptions;
d. Approves staff work schedules and time sheets;
e. Ensures adequate coverage for areas that fall within the scope of responsibility, while accounting for existing budget parameters.
f. Develops and administers operating budgets for area-specific communication activities and special events;

6. Performs other duties
a. Assists the Manager of the department when requested
b. Represents the department at internal and external meetings, as requested.
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
1. Completion of a two-year diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a relevant field such as journalism, communications, marketing; or commensurate experience (degree preferred).

2. Three years’ experience working in the communications field with a focus on internal communications and technology-related communications.

3. Experience in conceptualizing, planning and developing a wide variety of communications projects and content features, including interactive elements.

4. Three years’ experience working with student groups at the post-secondary level. Experience hiring, supervising/leading, developing and facilitating student groups considered an asset.

5. Ability to nurture and develop student leadership potential and create a successful student-centred environment.

6. Demonstrated ability to contribute in defining and refining a campus culture that provides opportunities for involvement, personal and professional growth for individuals and for student-driven organizations.

7. Proven, solid grasp of communication and marketing fundamentals and tactics.

8. Demonstrated high proficiency in copywriting for print and electronic, including excellent control of style variations for different media formats, and tone for different audiences.

9. Proficient editing and proofreading skills, including excellent command of English grammar and punctuation, and a commitment to clear and accurate presentation of material.

10. Technological savvy – up-to-date with digital trends and developments, social media analytics, social listening and networking, and mobile marketing.

11. Understanding of office procedures as well as standard office software such as MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

12. Self-motivated, self-directed and assertive; ability to work under minimal supervision.

13. Willingness and ability to investigate and identify stories and news from across the College.

14. Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information.

15. Demonstrated ability to initiate collaboration and work effectively as an integral member of a communications team; adaptable to change with a strong customer service focus.

16. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
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Equity Statement
Douglas College is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. In support of this journey, we welcome all people to apply, including people from groups that are experiencing inequity, including, but not limited, to Indigenous Peoples, racialized or persons of colour, persons with mental or physical disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and persons of all faith identities, age, marital status, and parental status.
Needs a Criminal Records Check No
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/15/2022
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Interested applicants must submit their application and all required documents online on the Douglas College Career Site Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling the position. All internal applications must be received by March 21, 2023. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying. All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first find out about this employment opportunity?
    • Douglas College Careers Site
    • LinkedIn
    • Indeed
    • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)
    • Personal Referral
    • Agency Referral
    • Professional Association Website
    • Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN)
    • Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
    • Douglas College CareerHUB
    • Career Fair or Other Hiring Event
    • Other
    • Glassdoor
  2. * If you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, do you currently have a valid Canadian work permit?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * If you have a valid Canadian work permit, please indicate expiry date and the type of work permit you hold. (Type N/A if not applicable).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Are you a current or former Douglas College employee/student?
    • Current employee
    • Former employee
    • Current student
    • Former student
    • None of the above
  5. * If you are a current/former employee/student, enter your ID number. (Type in N/A if not applicable.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please confirm that you will maintain residency in the Lower Mainland for the duration of your employment.
    • Yes, I confirm
    • No, I am not able to meet this requirement
  7. * How many years experience do you have working directly in a communications position?
    • Less than one year
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-5 years
    • More than five years

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References with Contact Information
Optional Documents