As Manager of Community Partnerships Tara Clarke is responsible for the coordination of the Community Partnerships department and the Canucks for Kids Fund.
The Vancouver Canucks Community Partnerships department and the Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Through a variety of programs in which Canucks players and employees participate, the team joins with Canucks fans and partner sponsors to raise funds and lend support in many ways.
DAY TO DAY
What makes Tara’s job so interesting and enjoyable is the variety of responsibilities on her plate on any given day. She is responsible for all administration related to the Canucks for Kids Fund, she assists in the creation of communication collateral pieces, maintains the Community Partnerships section of canucks.com, manages the Canucks Donations in Kind program, coordinates the silent and live auctions for the Canucks for Kids Fund gala fundraisers, manages three annual team signing days, attends player autograph signing sessions, and coordinates the Canucks Tickets for Kids and Community Corner programs.
Tara is also responsible for coordinating the team visit to BC Children’s Hospital, the annual pumpkin carving at Canuck Place, and the Canuck Place family skate at Rogers Arena.
Game night responsibilities are also a part of Tara’s job. She coordinates on-ice cheque presentations, facilitates post game meet and greets with sick children and our players, assists with the 50/50 draw, and coordinates winners of auction prizes such as Ride the Olympia, Tour the Locker Room, etc.
HITTING THE BOOKS
Tara has a degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University. A degree (or working towards a degree/certificate) from a recognized post-secondary institution in communication, public relations or a related field would be an asset to someone who wishes to work in the Community Relations field.
This position utilizes a wide range of skills, including writing, multi-tasking, project management, problem solving, and interpersonal skills. The ability to adapt to changing situations and remain calm under pressure is also an asset.