BC NDP

Senior Research and Communications Officer - Victoria

Position

  • 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.

Duties

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Remuneration

  • Salary and benefits as per the BCGEU (Caucus Workers’) Collective Agreement.

Closing Date

Open until filled.

Application Process

Email applications to ndp@leg.bc.ca.