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Coordinator of Communications and Social Advocacy

Alberta Council of Women's Shelters

Job Description

The Coordinator of Communications and Social Advocacy role holds accountabilities in four major areas: (a) Media Relations (b) Internal & External Communications (c) Event Management and (d) Social Advocacy.  Reporting to the Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement, this position’s focus is to protect and cultivate ACWS’ brand to ensure ACWS is a go-to source for media and government stakeholders, support the organization to reach its public awareness goals, manage public awareness and organizational events , and support the work to improve services to better meet the needs of abused women and their families.

Duties and responsibilities
The Coordinator of Communications and Social Advocacy supports public engagement, government relations, and other ACWS communications to accomplish ACWS vision, commitments, goals, and actions.  To do so, this position:

  • Identifies critical issues related to public and governmental relations that must be addressed in order to realize the vision and achieve the goals and objectives, and sets out strategies to address those issues.
  • Ensures all communication materials, including those of ACWS projects and initiatives, are aligned with the organization’s key messages
  • Documents key processes and workplans
  • Develops an annual operating plan for approval that sets out specific goals and strategies for each fiscal year
  • With senior leadership, ensures that there is a strategic communications plan in place for internal and external communications that supports the achievement of the strategic goals and ACWS objectives including ongoing sustainability of ACWS programs and projects.
  • Ensures the effective utilization of allocated resources
  • Maintains an exceptional standard of integrity and ethical leadership and assumes responsibility to ensure communications with our members, stakeholders and government promotes ACWS, our members and enhances our collective reputation.
  • Establishes and nurtures partnerships to further ACWS goals and reach ACWS public awareness and objectives.
  • Manages the ACWS website and ensures associated mailing lists are current and entered in accordance with ACWS processes and policies.

Full job description available on our website:


Core Job Competencies
  • Demonstrates outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of social media and web-based platforms and measurements
  • Represents the organization well at all tables, demonstrating maturity and personal mastery
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Facilitates meetings in an organized and productive manner
  • Completes projects in a manner that produces quality and timely results
  • Applies strong knowledge of gendered analysis and violence against women
  • Effectively gathers, synthesizes, integrates and interprets multi-faceted information from a wide range of sources and perspectives
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others
  • Holds themselves accountable, sets high ethical standard for their conduct, strong leader
  • Positively influences conflict identification and resolution through facilitation, negotiation and mediation
  • Contributes to the organizational well-being of ACWS
A Bachelor’s degree majoring in Communications, Public Relations, Political Science, or a related field. A combination of education and experience will be considered for applicants with a minimum of 5-10 years combined professional experience and education. 
The preferred candidate will:
  • Have experience with media communications
  • Have excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Manage multiple simultaneous projects effectively
  • Proven supervisory skills
  • Comfort addressing any issues directly
  • Have working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Social Media, and web-based platforms
  • Hold a valid Alberta Driver’s License
  • Be willing and able to travel throughout Alberta

How To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to

Competition will be open until a suitable candidate is found, but we are beginning to schedule interviews during the week of November 16th. 
Contact For This Position
Christie Lavan
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters
Suite 600, 10310 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 2W4

Telephone: (780) 456-7000

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Job Location
Edmonton AB
Job Level & Type
Intermediate Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
$50,000 - $74,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
December 13, 2020
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