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Communications Writer

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Aquent’s Vancouver client is seeking a Communications Writer for their Energy Solutions & External Relations team for a 2-month onsite contract.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
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1. Consults with clients and/or departments to develop effective communication strategies and messaging to meet client objectives, while maintaining the integrity of the company’s image and adhering to overall internal communications strategies and guidelines. This includes:
a) Meeting with clients to establish objectives, deadlines and budgets for communication products;
b) Collaborating with clients to design and implement project objectives, suggesting alternative methods of communication to better achieve objectives and/or save time or money, through:
i. Encouraging clients to consider overall communication needs so as to effectively plan for individual projects; and,
ii. Using initiative in understanding client needs and taking action to achieve results; if required, researches and drafts written work in support of business and corporate goals.
c) Conducting research, attending meetings and interviews with FortisBC employees and business partners to understand corporate issues, generate story ideas and write effective, factual and informative material
d) Establishing and maintaining liaison with employees and business partners, and/or contacts in key corporate areas to identify issues of potential interest and gather pertinent information;
e) Communicating with executive, management and all other employees to develop and prepare communications;
f) Ensuring internal communications support the alignment of the company’s vision, values and priorities;





2. Develops and writes content for communication materials, which includes:
a) Writing, editing and proofing new and existing web and print copy in accordance with client’s/department’s changes; checking all formatting, links, etc.;
b) Writing, editing and proofing newsletter, brochures, intranet videos, executive communications and reports;
c) Collaborating with Web Services to ensure the end user perspective is considered and incorporated in future intranet design projects;
d) Researching and compiling information, writing web articles, taking photographs and determining appropriate graphics for print and electronic communications;
e) Working with Web Services to ensure web content is produced within agreed deadlines;
f) Working with Writer/Researchers, Communication Coordinators and Designers to develop and produce materials as required;
g) Balancing internal design guidelines and standards with client requirements in designing appropriate materials;
3. Manages and coordinates the intranet home page. This includes:
• Applying online communication strategies to the company intranet and acting as a resource to clients to support their content preparation efforts.
• Creating new web content, generating new ideas, and devising ways of increasing traffic;
• Researching and creating new content, including interviewing executive, management and employees and/or communicating strategic plans and initiatives;
• Reviewing and editing employee submissions and making recommendations for improvement along with establishing priorities on web site content changes; and,
• Working with the department to ensure:
a) Online communications are consistent with other forms of communication; and,
b) The intranet homepage is considered in the client’s overall communication plan.

4. Provides writing support and backfill for External Writer/Researchers.
5. Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties, which do not affect the rating of the job.

Qualifications:
1. A National Diploma in Journalism, English, or Creative Writing.
2. Two years’ experience working in a corporate writing role
3. A portfolio that demonstrates talent and ability on a wide range of written employee communication materials, including newsletters, websites, brochures and posters
4. Demonstrated understanding of social media and evolving web technologies and their role in corporate communication
5. Demonstrated excellent editing and proofing skills.
6. Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.
7. Demonstrated ability to generate original concepts and ideas, given strategic direction.
8. Demonstrated experience translating complex information into concise, plain language.
9. Sound working knowledge with word processing and presentation software such as MS Word and PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat
10. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal clients and meet appropriate service standards.
11. Demonstrated ability to work quickly under pressure and against tight deadlines, and the ability to take direction from several individuals and adapt to a changing, fast-paced environment.

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