Policy Advisor


Competition Number: LAA-21-24

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: Edmonton

Posting: External

Competition Ends: When suitable applicant found.

Who We Are

Legal Aid Alberta is a Centre of Excellence that helps vulnerable Albertans across the province at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Through professional, effective and accessible services that support better outcomes for our clients, we make a difference in the lives of Albertans and deliver value that extends beyond those who receive our services.

Job Description

Legal Aid Alberta is seeking to fill a full-time Policy Advisor in our downtown Edmonton office. The Policy Advisor will work closely with the Board of Directors and senior management to determine the goals and objectives of a wide range of governance, corporate and administrative policies. This position will appeal to an individual that likes to take initiative, is client-focused and is exceptionally strong in delivering high-quality results.

Reporting to the Corporate Counsel, some of the key responsibilities of the Policy Advisor are to:

  • Develop, review, recommend revisions, and implement policies of LAA’s Board of Directors
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders throughout LAA to assist in writing, revising, implementing, and retiring corporate and administrative policies ensuring:
    • Alignment with LAA vision, mission and values and incorporation of best practices.
    • Consistency with LAA risk mitigation strategies and plans.
    • Content aligns with legislation as applicable and is written in a manner that incorporates LAA services and operations.
  • Assist with updating and maintaining LAA’s internal policy intranet site as policies are reviewed and approved, ensuring website links to the most current versions of policies in alignment with LAA brand and visual identity.
  • Support communication to and educating of employees to foster understanding and compliance with LAA policies. Seek input from stakeholders and committees to help identify, scope, and develop new policy initiatives.
  • Determine the benefits and drawbacks of existing policies.
  • Propose suggestions to improve the effects of policies.
  • Liaise/collaborate with senior management and executives to ensure coordination and timely decision making for action items.
  • Support the forward planning and agenda creation for the Board of Directors and Board Committees.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as arts, social sciences, business or public administration
  • Minimum three to five years related experience in corporate or public sector policy development
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered


  • Knowledge of corporate governance and policy development best practices
  • Familiarity with legislation and regulations applicable to corporations or not-for-profit organizations (for example legislation relating to employment standards, safe worksites, privacy)
  • Computer literacy of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and videoconferencing software


  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent analytical, logic, problem-solving skills
  • A high level of comfort working with technology and a keen enthusiasm for learning new systems
  • The ability to make connections between different issues and consider impacts over the longer term
  • Sound judgment regarding ethics, discretion, privacy, and confidentiality
  • Ability to perform effectively under tight deadlines
  • Strong initiative and action-oriented with a sense of urgency to get things completed

How To Apply

If you got excited at the prospect of being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, please forward your resume to [email protected] referencing posting number LAA-21-24.

This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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