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BC Public Service

BAND 1 - Public Affairs Officer

Victoria, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
57,100 to 81,400 per year
Posting Title

BAND 1 - Public Affairs Officer

Position Classification

Band 1 OIC




Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA (Primary)

Salary Range

$57,100.09 - $81,400.18 annually

Close Date


Job Type

Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date


BC Public Service -> Government Communication and Public Engagement

Ministry Branch / Division

Communications Operations

Job Summary

Public Affairs Officer
Management Band 1

This position is excluded from union membership.
The starting salary for this position is $57,100.09 - $63,175.11 annually and will be determined by the successful candidate's relevant education and experience.
This position will be based in one of the GCPE offices in Victoria. Telework options may be available upon successful completion of a probationary period. Telework is voluntary with conditions.

This posting is to establish a pre-qualified pool of applicants who will be eligible to be appointed to full-time, permanent and temporary positions in GCPE offices in all provincial government ministries. This pool has been designed so applicants can be considered for multiple Public Affairs Officer opportunities across the Government Communication and Public Engagement organization. Applicants who are successful in the competition will be placed into the pre-qualified pool and appointments will be made based on the requirements of the hiring ministry, using preferred qualifications.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here .

Contribute your professional communications expertise and collaboration skills in this rewarding and dynamic opportunity

Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) is a dynamic, progressive organization that supports the government in its ongoing dialogue with British Columbians. The Communications Operations Division is responsible for communications management and coordination of corporate priority files of government and for providing strategic coordination of daily issues-based communications activities.

The Public Affairs Officer reports to the Communications Manager. In the Public Affairs Office role, you will provide a range of professional communications expertise and services on behalf of your assigned ministry. As a Public Affairs Officer, you are responsible for preparing a variety of written communications products including writing news releases, key messages, speeches, developing and executing communication plans, and providing issues management advice, event coordination services, and media relations expertise.

If you are a communications professional with the collaborative skills and the initiative required to succeed in this busy, high-profile environment, we look forward to your application.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues. The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer .

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia ( .

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

• Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as journalism, public relations, public policy, political science, writing, English, or a communications-related discipline and 2 years or more communications related work experience.
• An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Related work experience is defined as a requiring the following:
• Experience working in public relations and/or communications in a large organization.
• Experience building and maintaining relationships with business partners and clients.

Preference may be given to applicants with:
• Experience in social media management or moderation.
• Experience working with First Nations or Indigenous organizations.
• Experience working in reactive communications (e.g. crisis communications, stakeholder communications, media relations, issues management, social community management).
• Experience working in proactive communications (e.g. event planning, capital announcements, social media, communications planning, etc.).
• 4 years or more communications related work experience.

Proviso/Willingness Statements
• Applicants must be willing and able to:
• Work on-call and extended hours during emergency activations, including operational deployments across the province.
• Work flexible work arrangements (schedules and workplaces). Some evening and weekend work may be required to accommodate meetings, travel, etc.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - A resume is required as part of your application, however, itmay notbe used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category

Leadership and Management
Management and Executive