Career Opportunity: Assistant Director of Communication, Government of Alberta

Company or Organization: Government of Alberta

Position Title: Assistant Director, Communications

Position Type: Full time – permanent

Position Description and Qualifications: Manager 2

Alberta Communications and Public Engagement, Edmonton. Communications and Public Engagement (CPE) is the Government of Alberta’s full-service communications, public relations and marketing agency.

CPE provides planning, execution and measurement of communications efforts. Its expert staff provides specialized services across the spectrum of communications and marketing from research, design, writing and social media, to event coordination, issues management, digital communications, advertising and public consultation.

The agency staffs the external communications functions in all departments of government and its operations branch, with a mandate of enhancing communications between the people and the Government of Alberta.

For information about CPE, visit our website at

The Assistant Director, Communications is often considered the communications branch’s `air traffic controller’ – anticipating, assessing and adapting to changing priorities. An important part of this role is maintaining resilience in times of uncertainty.

The Assistant Director holds main responsibility for the day-to-day planning and supervision of activities of the communications branch, including coordinating and monitoring staff activities and needs. This position also acts as the Director, Communications in his/her absence.

Using proactive and well-developed consulting and relationship building skills, the Assistant Director helps the Director to plan, deliver and monitor communications projects. In addition, the person in this role uses strong interpersonal and time management skills to:

  • ensure standards are met and products are of high quality
  • demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills
  • lead and advise when consulting, writing and editing
  • coordinate cross-ministry communications initiatives

maximize resources to align with the goals of a the program area, ministry and Government of Alberta

The successful candidate will also have superior verbal and written communications skills as well as the following competencies.

Agility: You possess the ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.

Build Collaborative Environments: You lead and contribute to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.

Creative Problem Solving: You have the ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.

Drive for Results: You know what outcomes are important and maximize resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.

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Salary: $2,568.30 – $4,121.25 bi-weekly ($67,032 – $107,564 annually). Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is selected. Job ID #1045139


  • Degree or diploma in communications, public relations, journalism, English or a related field
  • Minimum of six years directly related experience with a minimum of three years at the senior level
  • Experience with communications planning, project management and issues management
  • Experience with digital communications including social media and website development
  • Experience leading teams and coordinating multiple communications activities within tight deadlines
  • Experience working in a minimum of two different fields/ministries
  • Management and supervisory experience would be an asset
  • Equivalencies will be considered

As part of the selection process, qualified applicants will be required to participate in a timed writing test

There is currently an opening at Municipal Affairs Communications. This is a continuous intake competition and will be used to fill current and future vacancies at equal or lesser classifications across the Government of Alberta. Resumes will be reviewed on a regular basis to fill Government of Alberta vacancies at this level until further notice. The first review of resumes will take place on October 10, 2017. Final candidate will be asked to undergo a security screening.

We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefit plan. Please see the links below for more information.

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How to apply: Online applications are preferred via If you apply online, please ensure your cover letter and resume are submitted as one file. Ensure you quote the competition number and save using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith Joe_Job ID). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition. If you are unable to apply online, submit an electronic version of your resume, quoting the Job ID, to CPE, Human Resources, Nicole Holmberg, HR Assistant, at

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If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Human Resources at (780) 638-4705. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applicants will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is selected

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