New job Community Engagement Associate in Alberta

Community Engagement Associate

Company : University of Alberta
Salary : $58,675 - $81,208 a year
Location : Alberta

Full Description

External Relations - Government & Community Relations

Competition No. -

Posting Date -
Sep 15, 2021

Closing Date -
Sep 29, 2021

Position Type -
Full Time - Operating Funded

Salary Range -
$58,675 to $81,208 per year

Grade -

Hours -

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is based in Edmonton, AB and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Government and Community Relations office is responsible for providing strategic guidance and counsel to the Vice-President, External Relations, the University of Alberta and its senior administrators on the university’s relations with municipal, provincial, federal and international governments and external community stakeholders.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Community Relations, the Associate contributes to the development and implementation of a coordinated community relations and engagement strategy for the University of Alberta. The Associate provides direct strategic advice, analysis and operational support to the Executive Director and the Associate Vice-President in all areas included in the mandate of the Government and Community Relations office. The Associate is responsible for building and maintaining quality relationships with internal and external stakeholders through the development and fostering of communication networks and strategies. Playing a key role in ensuring the overall effectiveness of the Government and Community Relations office, the Associate provides critical analysis of, and recommendations on how to strategically respond to the ever-changing community engagement environment.


  • Provides briefing materials, critical analysis and recommendations related to the university’s key strategic initiatives with community stakeholders
  • Liaises with other portfolios to ensure a consistent community relations and engagement strategy
  • Provides advice to faculty-based community relations and engagement contacts throughout the University of Alberta in order to ensure consistent messaging
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key community leaders and senior staff members within the community, private/industry/service, not-for-profit, and public sectors on behalf of the University of Alberta
  • Schedules and organizes meetings with community groups and stakeholders including strategic planning for special events and functions
  • Performs specialized research and policy analysis in areas of community, private/industry/service, not-for-profit and public sectors
  • Conducts regular environmental scans of media and websites to ensure relevant members of the university are aware of current community developments
  • Seeks opportunities to promote the University of Alberta's contribution to the public good through the development of key messages, correspondence, reports, stories and profiles of excellence and impact
  • Develops and writes correspondence, background materials and communication tools for the Executive Director and the Associate Vice-President
  • Manages the Community Relations' website content
  • Provides strategic information for the senior administrative committees (e.g President's Executive Committee, Executive Planning Council, Strategic Initiatives Group, Board Reputation and Public Affairs Committee)
  • Identifies key issues as they arise and recommends action to the Executive Director


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in political science, economics, business, communications, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Understanding of strategic planning processes
  • Ability to exercise a high level of discretion and diplomacy
  • Experience with online and new media technologies and strategies for research
  • Strong ability to work independently as well as within a team environment
  • Superior research skills and strong abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources quickly and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Political and community relationship astuteness and knowledge of protocol is considered an asset
  • An understanding of the communications unique to the University of Alberta community is an asset
  • Knowledge of the University of Alberta’s key strategic planning documents, policies, procedures and operating requirements is an asset

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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