Communications Advisor – Cowichan Tribes

12 July 2023

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Cowichan Tribes

Communications Advisor

Reference No. ADM-COM-CA-0723  

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Communications Advisor will provide a variety of day-to-day support necessary to implement communication strategies and achieve Cowichan Tribes’ communications objectives. The Communications Advisor will contribute to a variety of internal, external, digital, and print communications. This is a full-time permanent position that works primarily in the office with minimal local travel required.

Cowichan Tribes offers an excellent benefit and pension plan available after successful completion of the probationary period. The position includes paid professional development, paid vacation and paid sick leave. Depending on experience, the position starts at $35.42 – $37.58 per hour ($64,458.03 – $68,394.69 annually).


  • Develop and implement effective communication strategies and plans that build relationships with community, enhance organizational awareness and reputation, and increase audience reach and impact
  • Collaborate with Cowichan Tribes internal departments and programs to: schedule communications campaigns, develop accurate materials and navigate communications processes and track in the communications calendar
  • Create marketing and promotional materials, research, draft, and edit a variety of digital/print documents, including correspondence, newsletter content, surveys, and publications, such as the annual report
  • Curate social media/app content, schedule posts, and monitor platforms and mobile applications
  • Working with Departments across the organization, coordinate accurate content for the Cowichan Tribes Website, create online forms, make updates, and track performance
  • Provide internal communications support, including promoting employee events and developing content for the employee newsletter
  • Provide communications support for community engagement and self-governance initiatives
  • Track and evaluate performance of communications and media campaigns and use data to inform future strategies and decision-making
  • Ensure communication materials are consistent with approved brand guidelines
  • Promote cultural protocols, teachings, and support the revitalization of the Hul’q’umi’num’ language through communication initiatives and strategies
  • Provide support for department administration, special projects, and events, and as needed, act in place of the Communications Manager
  • Other related duties as required

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: (please attach all corresponding documents)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, or another relevant field
  • Minimum three years’ related work experience preferred
  • An equivalent combination of related education (i.e. diploma), training, or other qualifications and experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated experience implementing communications strategies and plans
  • Experience using computer software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, desktop publishing, and marketing materials
  • Experience using digital communications, web and mobile applications, and social media tools and analytics for public relations purposes
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check required
  • Experience working in a First Nations community considered an asset
  • Effective December 1, 2021: full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to be eligible for employment at Cowichan Tribes. All individuals must show Proof of Vaccination as a mandatory condition of their employment


  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, digital marketing platforms, mobile applications, and other related software, including creating digital forms and surveys
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms, website content management systems (CMS) and analytics
  • Basic photography, video editing, and/or graphic design skills considered an asset
  • Demonstrated experience developing positive working relationships with staff, community, and partners
  • Proven ability to research and strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to travel locally and attend after hours meetings/events, as required
  • Knowledge and understanding of Cowichan culture, Hul’q’umi’num’ language and traditions or a willingness to learn considered an asset

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants are invited to submit a current resume, a detailed cover letter and three references. Applications must be sent to Human Resources by email before the deadline with the Reference Number in the subject line of your email.

Reference No. ADM-COM-CA-0723
Cowichan Tribes Human Resources Department

Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.
We thank all applicants in advance but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.