Senior Communications Officer

Competition Number: LAA-21-64

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: Alberta

Posting: External

Competition Ends: When suitable applicant found.

Who We Are

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide, with 300 staff and 1,200 private practice lawyers helping people overcome their legal challenges in more than 75 communities across the province.

Who You Are

You eat, live, and breathe communications strategy and brand-building. You know how to write and deliver messages to the right people at the right time on the right channel. You’re a creative storyteller who is up on trends in the digital marketing space. You enjoy learning new things, solving problems, and can adapt to change quickly. Working here means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You care deeply about the success of our team and our organization. Above all else, you understand and embrace the unique challenges that come with being a communicator in a large, fast-paced, growing organization.

Job Description

Reporting to the Manager, Communications & Public Relations, some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Support the Director, Communications and Public Relations and the Executive Committee to achieve its overall vision and to support the communications needs of the business.
  • Provide organization-wide communications strategy and support to ensure consistent and effective communications across the organization.
  • Under the direction of the Manager, Communications and Public Relations, assist with:
    • Developing and implementing communications policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure support for organization-wide communication strategies and plans, including employee communications, lawyer relations, media, and digital strategies.
    • Developing and implementing effective communications plans to promote public awareness and understanding of LAA services.
    • Play a pivotal role in planning and executing public events.
  • Manages the ongoing development and production of communication vehicles, including promotional materials, newsletters, reports and other publications.
  • Oversees the content management and maintenance of both the external LAA website, and internal employee intranet, and any other websites associated with LAA.
  • Provides advice and input to business units on the development and implementation of communications plans to ensure consistency with LAA’s overall communications approach.
  • Lead development of communication strategies for projects and initiatives.
  • Works closely with the Government and Community Relations team in their development and implementation of Government and Stakeholder Relations plans and strategies.
  • Provides support in building and protecting LAA brand reputation.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A degree or diploma in communications or a related discipline from a recognized institution, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in communications or a related discipline.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with strategic planning.
  • Experience in large complex organization would be considered an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of the theory and principles of planning, communications and public engagement.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.
  • Extensive research and writing skills, cultural and socio-economic sensitivity, objectivity and demonstrated excellence in the critical analysis of information.
  • Knowledge of Content Management Systems.
  • Experience with Sharepoint and WordPress are an asset.
  • Management skills to lead, plan, organize, coordinate and complete complex, concurrent projects independently or in team environment.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and build consensus and the ability to act as a role model for communications.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to build and sustain strong client relationships within the organization, the media, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to use or gain experience in photography and videography.
  • Canadian Press Style.
  • Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere/Final Cut, Photoshop, Indeisgn are an asset.

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • Paid holiday closure
  • Work from home opportunities
  • 7 % RRSP employer contribution
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts
  • Employee assistance program

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@legalaid.ab.ca. Reference competition number [LAA-21-64]. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Requirements

  • Legal Aid Alberta has implemented a COVID 19-Vaccination Policy, requiring employees provide proof of vaccination, OR negative results of a privately administered, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR, or lab-based PCR test performed within the preceding 48 hours of attending the office or workplace. This policy will be reviewed monthly and revised or repealed as the COVID-19 situation in Alberta changes.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.

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