A rush job?

Earlier, we reported Glen Sanford's "short-term project" as provincial New Democrat caucus communications director would soon be coming to an end. But the party doesn't seem to have put much effort into finding a replacement. The reason: the posting for that job was circulated on July 30 - just 11 days before the application deadline. The following is a complete copy of the posting.

BC New Democrat Caucus
EMPLOYMENT POSTING

DATE: June 30th, 2009
POSITION: DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
LOCATION: Victoria, British Columbia

CLOSING: Applications will be accepted until July 10th, 2009
Applications must include a resume and two references with contact information.

* only those applicants short-listed will be contacted.
* email applications to: ndp@leg.bc.ca indicating the position you are applying for in the subject line, or
* fax applications to (250) 387 "“ 4680, or
* mail applications to NDP Caucus, Room 201
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Attn: Mary O'Donoghue

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

* Recruit, train, organize and lead the Communications staff;
* Provide leadership for the development of effective communications strategies highlighting caucus priorities as they unfold;
* Assist MLAs with their communication needs through effective deployment of communications resources;
* Work closely with the Communications Director to the Leader and other members of the Caucus staff and Caucus to ensure the timely, accurate and relevant flow of information; and
* Work, as required, with many other individuals and organizations that are associated with the BC NDP Caucus.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

* Appropriate academic qualifications from a recognized journalism or communications program, or related experience;
* Ability to establish and maintain a confidential political relationship with British Columbia New Democrat members of the Legislative Assembly;
* Ability to think and plan strategically and to establish strategic approaches to the communication needs of Caucus;
* Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, MLAs, the media, community contacts and the public;

* Experience working with the media;
* Experience organizing and managing staff in a political environment;
* Superior writing skills;
* Familiarity with a broad range of electronic communication tools;
* Knowledge of the values, history and polices of the New Democratic Party and public issues in BC; and
* Ability to work long hours and travel as needed.

REMUNERATION: commensurate with skills and experience. This position is excluded from the bargaining unit and includes benefits consistent with those of excluded BC government employees.

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