Communications Officer

Term Position (3 years)

Please apply before Friday, August 9, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

We’re looking to expand our organization by hiring a Communications Officer. The position is a three-year term position, with the possibility of extension.


You are a communications generalist comfortable with both strategic communications and tactical execution. You’re able to put together a social media content calendar and develop enticing social posts. As a writer, you understand how to tailor your prose for a variety of audiences and vehicles. You are a competent graphic designer. When you write email copy, you focus on improving open rates, and you thrive on A/B testing subject lines. You can see a project from conception to completion. As a leader, you can coach staff and stakeholders in communication best practices. You are a positive and enthusiastic team player who can work independently with minimal direction.


  • University degree in communications, journalism, or marketing.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant experience, preferably in a labour, non-profit or social justice environment.
  • Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Drupal and the Microsoft Office suite.


  • Knowledge of NationBuilder.
  • Experience in advocacy and/or public awareness campaign development.


Salary is $6,657 per month plus 5% in lieu of overtime, and you will have access to a pension plan and comprehensive benefits. The successful candidate will become a member of the BC Union Workers’ Union (BCUWU).

This position reports to the Senior Communications and Member Development Officer and works out of our Victoria office with travel several times a year within British Columbia. We support our staff with professional development and career growth opportunities.

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The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is BC’s union for professionals. We are your union. We were formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals employed in the BC Public Service. Since that time, we have grown to support a wide range of professionals in the education, legal and health care sectors. The professionals we represent are varied: foresters, lawyers, teachers, engineers, physiotherapists, psychologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, librarians, system administrators and more.

The PEA is divided into chapters. Each chapter represents a distinct workplace or group of professionals. We represent professionals at the University of Victoria, the BC Public Service, the BC Oil and Gas Commission, St. Margaret’s School, the Law Society of BC, the Legal Services Society of BC, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, Okanagan Regional Library, the staff at the Hospital Employees’ Union and health authorities throughout BC. 


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The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

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