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Regular Part Time Communications Specialist – BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Regular Part Time (0.8FTE) Communications Specialist – BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute


Your opportunity to champion world-class research that saves and transforms the lives of children in BC and beyond


About our team

We are a strategic thinkers, valued experts and skilled storytellers who are passionate about the leading-edge health research taking place at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Our 1000+ researchers save and transform children’s lives through discovery, innovation and excellence and we want everyone to know. We take complex and sensitive subject matter and write compelling stories about the people behind the science and the children who could benefit from it. Internally, we connect, engage and celebrate our diverse and busy researcher community.


About you


We are looking for a team member who will be:


  • An effective storyteller who can put our best foot forward in identifying stories.
  • A savvy member of a large, complex organization – skilled in working in a matrix environment, collaborative in building relationships, and smart in knowing how to prioritize competing interests and requests.
  • A self-starter who takes initiative to creatively identify and execute media opportunities, respond quickly to issues, and recommend effective messages, versus awaiting direction.
  • A problem-solver who is always looking for ways to work more efficiently with greater impact.
  • A supportive “team player” who views their role as helping and enabling their colleagues’ success, as much as securing support for their own

Role summary


Reporting to the Manager, Research Communications for BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, you are responsible for providing communications services to build awareness and a positive reputation for the Research Institute and its investigators. You will: create media pitches and news releases, draft issues notes and key messages for interviews; oversee key internal and external communications tools such as our website, intranet and/or newsletter; develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and develop and implement communication and event plans for key initiatives

Key accountabilities:

  • Produce effective media pitches, media releases, key messages and issue notes, as well as contribute to online and social media.
  • Identify and produce digital, video, web, intranet and social media content, with a particular emphasis on helping to promote new research and achievements.
  • Work with key staff and Research Institute leadership to support institutional initiatives and internal change.
  • Develop and execute internal and external communication plans that promote and support BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s research advances and the dedicated and specialized support we provide to our researcher community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and coordinate with hospital foundation teams, research institutes and other associated groups.


Must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five years' experience in communications, public relations, journalism or marketing.
  • Ability to write a communications plan.
  • Proven writing skills.
  • Issues management experience.
  • The ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience in proactive public relations, and identifying and executing story opportunities.
  • Proficiency in social media, including content creation, posting and distribution.
  • Ability to deal with multiple tasks and deliver required results on deadline.
  • Experience with posting and maintaining web content.
  • Desire to foster and further a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

Nice to have:

  • Experience with social media analytics and strategy, including Hootsuite.
  • Experience with web design and Drupal.
  • Skills in digital and mobile video production.


If this positions sounds like a good fit, please apply

Status:Regular Part Time (0.8FTE)- Monday through Thursday
Location: 938 W 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4
Department: Research Communications
Closing date: Until Filled
Reference #083808E


About BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

BC Children's Hospital Research Institute conducts discovery, translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families. We are supported by BC Children's Hospital Foundation; are part of BC Children’s Hospital and the Provincial Health Services Authority; and work in close partnership with the University of British Columbia. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @BCCHResearch.

About BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

BC Children’s Hospital (BC Children’s) and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BC Women’s) are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.

BC Children's cares for the province's most acutely ill and injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BC Children’s. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BC Children’s also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia. For more, visit or follow us on Twitter @BCChildrensHosp.


BC Women’s is the province’s only facility dedicated to the health of women, newborns and families. It is one of the country’s busiest maternity centres, delivering more than 7,000 babies annually, and serves as the provincial resource for high-risk maternity care, as well as the most highly-specialized centre for the largest neonatal intensive care unit in BC. More than 50,000 women are seen annually through its specialized women and family programs, which include world-class services in sexual assault care, medical genetics, HIV care, reproductive and sexual health, maternal substance dependency, osteoporosis and complex chronic diseases. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @BCWomensHosp.


About PHSA

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.


Labor AgreementExcluded
Requisition #083808E-2325458
Work SiteChildren's & Women's Hlth Cntr-938 W 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4
Job TypeRegular, Part-Time
Hours of Work0830-1630/0900-1700
Work DaysMonday to Thursday
Expiry Date08-Aug-2019

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