Communications Assistant

Job No: SN190716
Location: North Vancouver


CLOSES:  OCTOBER 3, 2019 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Communications Assistant to join our Council Advisory & Support team in North Vancouver.

Reporting to the Communications Officer, the Communications Assistant is a key support person for the implementation of Squamish Nation Council’s communication strategies and engagement initiatives. This position is responsible for supporting the development of content (i.e. researching, writing, editing, proofreading, creating, etc.) for use in print and digital internal and external communications, as well as coordinating Council events. The incumbent will work collaboratively with departments to coordinate communications and engagement activities to membership, the public and media. This position has strong organizational and writing skills, with a keen eye for detail, and an interest in digital storytelling/engagement. The incumbent is familiar with best practices in communications (print and digital) and is service-oriented, with strong client/customer service skills. The incumbent operates at a high level of tact, confidentiality, diplomacy, and integrity.

Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists the Communications Officer to develop and implement digital and print communications strategies for Squamish Nation Council by researching/gathering information, assembling materials, and providing communication-related administrative support, as required.
  • Coordinates the logistics of member education and engagement events by scheduling planning meetings, booking venues and catering, developing and distributing communication materials, managing registration lists, and providing on-site support at events.
  • Supports Council with member relations and communications, as directed. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Monitors general communications inbox, responding, gathering information, and/or forwarding to other departments as appropriate.
  • Publishes content to the website in a timely manner. Regularly reviews website content and design for effectiveness, quality, accuracy, consistency and timeliness.
  • Monitors social media presence and posts engaging, relevant content to social media accounts (i.e. Facebook, twitter, etc.).
  • Supports with distributing informational email blasts to distribution list of 500+ Squamish Nation members.
  • Assembles and/or design surveys, questionnaires, and other feedback mechanisms to garner community input on various projects.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Council Advisory & Support Team.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Diploma OR Certificate in Communications, Journalism, and/or Public Relations or a relevant/related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 2 – 3 years (with a Diploma) OR 4 – 5 years (with a Certificate) of directly-related work experience in the majority of duties listed in the job description including  implementing communications/ public relations tactics, creating and publishing media materials/press releases, etc., managing online communications presence, media and community/membership/public relations, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to communication and public relations strategies, computer programming, social media, writing,  etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications– Outlook (email), Word, Excel, MailChimp (or other email marketing platform), etc.
  • Intermediate proficiency in web applications like Google and experience using various social media/platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) preferably in web content management systems.
  • Experience with media relations and/or using media distribution channels, graphic design, and proofreading/editing.
  • Knowledge of Squamish Nation culture and traditional territory is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and a flexible work schedule as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider a Diploma plus 1 year of demonstrated directly-related experience as a Communications Assistant.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation. 

Salary:  $39,995 to $47,053 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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