Communications Specialist

Job No: 167136
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

  • Great opportunity to use your communications experience in a challenging role! 
  • Don't miss this opportunity to see your work have a real-world impact!
  • Enjoy a competitive remuneration package, PLUS a great host of benefits!

About Us

PolicyWise is a charitable, non-profit corporation established in 2003 to support the development of effective policies, programs, and services to benefit the well-being of children, families, and communities. We have a reputation for collaboration, inclusion, and broad stakeholder engagement approaches and strategies.

Our research and policy team has an in-depth understanding of the domains of well-being, the child and youth serving sector, provincial and local service delivery contexts, and the application of knowledge across these sectors and systems.

Our Vision 
Children, youth, and families thrive in respectful, safe, and supportive environments shaped by wise decisions.

Our Mission 
To inform, identify, and promote effective social policy and practice to improve the well-being of children & youth, families, and communities.

For more information about our work, please visit our website:

About the Opportunity

PolicyWise currently has an exciting opportunity for a Communications Specialist to join our team in Edmonton, AB, in a part-time or full-time basis with a 6-month probationary period. 

Reporting to a manager, the Communications Specialist will be part of PolicyWise’s communications team, leading internal communications activities and fulfilling corporate communications priorities including government relations and event management. This role works closely with our Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, the President & CEO, and the communications team.

Your key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing procedures for corporate communications, media and government relations, and issues identification/management
  • Maintaining internal and external communication channels: social media, weekly updates, quarterly newsletters, and annual reports
  • Keeping up with current events in government and community sectors, and distributing this knowledge throughout PolicyWise
  • Assisting the senior leadership and management team in the development of presentations, key messages, and the Annual Report
  • Maintaining and championing visual identity standards, brand management, and targeted communications strategies
  • Providing communications and graphic design support to research and policy staff
  • Managing the website and populating it with relevant research articles, reports, links, and events
  • Providing copy edit support for external communications
  • Participating in the planning and management of events, coordinating logistics promoting events, and providing internal support

About You

To qualify for this position, you will need a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, or similar, as well as a minimum 3 years of experience in a communications role, ideally in a social serving organization, non-profit, government office, or university. A relevant combination of education and experience will be considered.

As our ideal candidate for this role, you'll be a collaborative team player who also possesses:

  • Demonstrated experience with communications and public relations practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to produce creative and engaging corporate communications material, including reports, newsletters, and presentations
  • Strong capabilities with social media management
  • Proficiency with WordPress, Canva, Adobe, Figma, or similar
  • Understanding of research, social serving, and/or policy communities
  • Knowledge of research methods and knowledge mobilization (asset)

Lastly, you will be a great communicator who is able to work collaboratively across multiple projects in a dynamic environment. Your ability to prioritize tasks with competing deadlines is pivotal to your success in this role.

About the Rewards

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will receive a highly competitive annual salary plus a great host of benefits, including:

  • Up to $200 monthly reimbursement for parking or transit*
  • $500 allowance to set up home office at the start of hire*
  • Hybrid work environment (3 days in office and 2 work from home)
  • 50% employer-paid extended medical, dental, and vision benefits (after 3 months)
  • Paid vacation starting at 3 weeks/year*
  • Holiday break during Christmas and New Year on top of vacation time

After the 6-month probationary period, you will also receive the following:

  • Group RRSP matching program
  • Health & Wellness account – up to $1,200*
  • Education account – up to $500*
  • 5 days professional development (with approval from supervisor)*
  • 10 days special leave (with approval from supervisor)*

*Note: for part-time roles, all benefit amounts will be prorated to the appropriate percentage.

And that's not all! You will be welcomed into a supportive and highly collaborative environment. If you think you've got the skills to take on this rewarding and challenging role, apply today! 

Please note that the closing of this role will be the 3rd of February, 2023. 

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