Smart, Savvy + Associates is Canada’s fastest-growing recruitment specialty firm. We are fully focused on helping companies connect with talented, proven marketing, communications and sales professionals to help grow their businesses. We are excited to be partnering with the BC Pharmacy Association in their search for an External Communications & Public Affairs Specialist who brings a strong foundation in writing and story-telling, media relations, public affairs and external communications.
About the BC Pharmacy Association
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is an organization that supports and advances the professional and economic interests of community pharmacists and pharmacies in the province. The BCPhA’s membership includes more than 3,150 practicing pharmacists and nearly 1,000 pharmacies that are in communities large and small across the province. Membership in the Association is voluntary. The BCPhA is a not-for-profit organization governed by the BC Societies Act.
The primary goal of the Association is to support pharmacists and pharmacy owners in the day-to-day delivery of pharmacy services. The BCPhA is the primary advocate for the profession and the business of community pharmacy in B.C. with government and other payers. The Association takes a leadership role in supporting and expanding use of pharmacist expertise in the health-care system.
About the Opportunity
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the External Communications & Public Affairs Specialist is an individual committed to excellence in content. With a natural curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills, they can immediately identify a story, research and tell it in a compelling, creative way that advances the Association and needs of members.
The Specialist is deadline-driven, a quick thinker, and naturally takes responsibility to lead projects and campaigns. They demand excellence of themselves and the team. They have a keen attention to detail, knowing that accuracy, transparency and responsiveness are what protect an organization’s reputation.
The Specialist is a content producer and maximizer who can see value in adapting content for multiple channels. As an editor and reviewer of content, they ask critical questions and constantly seek to explain “the why” to audiences. As a representative of the Communications Department and who has many interactions with members, media and other stakeholders, the Specialist must possess excellent interpersonal skills, superior written and verbal communications skills and be meticulous in carrying out all aspects of their duties.
A key component of this position is providing ongoing communications support for the Association’s government relations program through the development of such materials as submissions to government, MLA briefing documents, and letters to MLAs.
Under the direction of the Director, Communications the External Communications & Public Affairs Specialist will be responsible for:
Preferred, but not required:
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