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Public Interest Alberta, a progressive, province-wide, 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
  • Research, write, and produce multimedia and print materials for advocacy campaigns
  • Design and write the organization’s newsletter and e-newsletter
  • Develop and implement a social media strategy
  • Develop and edit website content
  • Support the organization’s media spokespeople and act as backup spokesperson
  • Write and coordinate advertising, publications, and media releases
  • Work with designers and suppliers to create communications and advertising products
  • Promote and help coordinate 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


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 progressive, 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, and Twitter
  • Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to work independently
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, NationBuilder, and video editing software is an asset

Other duties:

  • Represent the organization at meetings as needed
  • Contribute to guiding and implementing the organization’s strategic directions
  • Provide support to other staff as assigned


This is a 35-hour-per-week position in our Edmonton office starting at $27 per hour, and includes comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Submit your cover letter and resume with references and two writing samples to [email protected]. Accepting applications until December 17, 2018, or until suitable candidate is found.

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

This position is unionized with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 474.