Communications Coordinator II (Sustainability Strategic Relationships Coordinator) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 22493 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world’s most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
As a member of the Sustainability team, the Strategic Relationships Coordinator works to maintain and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and partners for the City’s Climate Emergency priorities and the renewed Environmental Plan. Key stakeholders and partners include businesses, associations, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), equity seeking groups, researchers, utilities and other governments.

Those relationships are critical to the City’s efforts to develop effective new policies and programs in ways that respond to the concerns and interests of our community, and open opportunities for residents and businesses to reduce their emissions. They are also important in identifying opportunities to collaborate on new initiatives. The Strategic Relationships Coordinator also supports the development and implementation of communication plans by identifying and actioning opportunities that involve key partners and stakeholders, as well as supporting fundraising efforts for initiatives relating to the Climate Emergency priorities and renewed Environmental Plan.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintains and strengthens relationships with existing Renewable City partners and stakeholders.
  • Identifies and analyzes gaps in those existing relationships and develop plans to build new relationships to address gaps.
  • Provides input to Sustainainabilty team to align policies to stakeholders interests.
  • Identifies the need for, and support the development of, engagement opportunities with partners and stakeholders.
  • Supports development of communications strategy with an eye on risks and opportunities relating to partners and stakeholders.
  • Develops communications opportunities with partners and stakeholders to support implementation of communications strategy.
  • Contributes to development of a wide variety of publicity and informational materials including advertising, news releases, newsletters, notices, pamphlets and brochures, speeches, video, displays etc.
  • Identifies and pursues external funding opportunities to support the implementation of Climate Emergency priorities as well as for other environmental initiatives.
  • Act as a key point contact for public consultation on engagement issues.
  • Liaises with related organizations and public to ensure the City’s Climate Emergency priorities and renewed Environmental policies are aligned to stakeholders interests.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation with a degree in Public Relations, Communications, or a related discipline
  • 5 or more years’ experience in a community relations and/or communications position, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience
  • Experience working on or supporting public and/or stakeholder consultation exercises is preferred
  • Experience developing and implementing communications plans on complex and/or controversial topics is desirable
  • Experience working with and communicating to diverse community groups preferred
  • Experience developing applications for federal and/or provincial funding an asset
  • Experience or education in climate change, green buildings, and/or transportation policy considered an asset

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of public processes/consultation techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of government, particularly civic and regional government structures
  • Knowledge of equity seeking groups and existing relationships with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations would be an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to be pro-active in establishing and maintaining respectful relationships with numerous and diverse stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with internal and external partners — both in routine and in controversial and stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and identify potentially contentious issues and quickly research the topic and recommend course of action, including responses
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate communications needs/opportunities, and identify and develop plan suited to the situation
  • Demonstrated ability fundraising as well as identifying and pursuing external funding opportunities such as federal or provincial government grants
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and use of the Internet as a research and communication tool, are required
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with skill, tact and diplomacy
  • Completion of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Effective Public Participation course would be an asset.
  • Relationships with key stakeholders and partners for the City’s Climate Emergency priorities, Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy would be an asset
  • Knowledge of the City’s key environmental sustainability documents, including the Climate Emergency Response, Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy would also be an asset
  • Ability to speak and/or write in a second language would be an asset

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: 11/02/2020 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-027: $41.29 to $48.78 per hour

Application Close: Nov.1, 2020

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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