Communications Officer - HEU

Are you a skilled communications generalist interested in working for a progressive health care union with a large and diverse membership, and a broad social justice mandate?

The Hospital Employees’ Union is looking for an experienced individual to fill the position of Communications Officer at its provincial office in Burnaby, British Columbia on a temporary basis for a 12 month term, with possibility of extension.

HEU operates in a complex sector with many challenges. As an integral member of a mid-sized communications team, you will work in a collaborative environment, with responsibility for planning and implementing internal and external communications strategies.

In addition, you will be supporting local and provincial campaigns on a range of workplace and societal issues, including collective bargaining.
You will have a strong commitment to progressive social change and will be comfortable with campaign planning, media relations and coaching, and writing for print and on-line publication, social media and ad production.

Post-secondary education in journalism or communications and considerable experience in public relations or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Excellent written and oral communications skills, and a demonstrated ability to provide accurate work under tight deadlines. Basic photography skills are also an asset.

Experience overseeing the production of print- and web-based publications, video and other communications content is a definite asset in this job, as is a proven record of working with designers and other creative professionals.

An understanding of the labour movement and issues impacting the health care sector would be important assets for this position.

HEU is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative of the communities we serve.
Salary and benefits for this position are set out in a collective agreement.

About HEU

We’re the oldest and largest health care union in British Columbia, representing more than 50,000 members employed by public, non-profit and private sector employers. Our members work in all areas of health care – acute care hospitals, residential care facilities, community group homes, outpatient clinics and medical labs, community social services, and First Nations health agencies – and provide both direct care and support services.
HEU has a long history of advocacy for universal public health care. We are a democratic union with a commitment to social justice.

Interested in working with us? Here’s how to apply.

Please send your resume and covering letter by 4 PM on Friday, September 27, 2019 to: (subject line: Communications Officer, Your Name).

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will only be responding to those who are selected for an interview.


Closing date: 

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 16:00


Please indicate on your cover letter that you saw this job posting at the CALM Job Board.