Senior Research and Communications Officer - Victoria
- Permanent, full-time.
- Reporting to the Director of Issues Management and Strategic Initiatives.
Objective/Function of Position
To support the work of the Director of Issues Management and Strategic Initiatives, in addition to the regular work of a Research and Communications Officer.
- Assist the Director in day-to-day operations as required.
- Act as the lead contact in the absence of the Director.
- Sign off as delegated by the Director.
- Assist MLAs in developing relationships and maintaining contact with stakeholder groups and individuals.
- Identify opportunities and develop strategies and messages for MLAs to comment publicly on issues of importance to the caucus.
- Provide strategic advice and support for MLAs in the Legislature and their constituencies.
- Assist MLAs in preparation for media interviews, legislature debates, and public appearances.
- Write materials (letters to stakeholders, news releases, letters to editor, columns).
- Respond to requests for information from caucus members, staff, and others as directed.
- Monitor other parties, legislation, ministry programs, and budget estimates.
- Monitor media and other sources for developments related to assignments, including tracking government announcements and initiatives, and those of key stakeholders.
- Analyze and evaluate legislation, programs, and regulations.
- Research and prepare papers and notes to assist caucus members to effectively advocate New Democrat positions and policy in their legislative and extra-parliamentary duties.
- Participate in group projects as assigned, to support MLA and caucus activities.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and the production of research and communications requests.
- Strong range of interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people, including MLAs, senior management, and colleagues in and outside of the department.
- Must have a university degree or equivalent experience.
- Proven research and analytical skills including the ability to organize and interpret complex issues in ways that provide options and recommendations.
- A thorough knowledge of BC’s political landscape and an understanding of the BC New Democratic Party.
- An ability to respond well to short deadlines and shifting priorities.
- Familiarity with a broad range of research applications and databases.
- A clear, concise writing style that conveys facts and interpretation in an easy to understand way.
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
- Salary and benefits as per the BCGEU (Caucus Workers’) Collective Agreement.
Open until filled.
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