Blog | March 27, 2017

Public Interest Alberta, a provincial membership-based political advocacy organization, is seeking applications for the position of Communications Officer.

Founded in 2004 to build a network of organizations and individuals committed to advancing the public interest on issues such as child care, democracy, K-12 and post-secondary education, environment, human services and poverty, and seniors’ care, Public Interest Alberta is a progressive organization run by a volunteer board of directors. The organization advocates to protect and strengthen public services, programs, and spaces.

Areas of Responsibility

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Officer is responsible for managing media relations and communications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide general communications support to the Executive Director
  • Contribute to guiding and implementing the organization’s strategic directions
  • Research and write print and multimedia materials for the organization's advocacy campaigns
  • Write, edit, design, and print newsletter using Adobe InDesign
  • Write, edit, design, and distribute e-newsletter using NationBuilder
  • Develop and implement social media strategy
  • Edit and develop web content
  • Support the organization’s media spokespeople
  • Serve as backup media spokesperson
  • Represent the organization at meetings as needed
  • Coordinate advertising, publications, and media releases to ensure accurate and timely communications
  • Manage timelines and work effectively with designers and suppliers to create communications and advertising products
  • Promote and coordinate special events and media conferences
  • Help develop and implement the organization's communications strategy, including all aspects of internal and external communications, membership growth, media relations, and public engagement

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A degree or diploma in a related field; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and public interest values
  • A strong understanding of politics in Alberta
  • Excellent networking, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • A strong background in public policy analysis and writing
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Basic graphic design skills and experience
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter
  • Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to work independently
  • Experience using Adobe InDesign and NationBuilder is an asset

Compensation:

This is a 35 hour per week position in our Edmonton office at $25.00 - $27.00 per hour, commensurate with experience, and includes health and retirement benefits.

To Apply:

Submit your cover letter, 2 writing samples, and resume with references to office@pialberta.org by 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 9.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.