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Job Posting: Communications Advisor

04 Feb 2020 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) is seeking to hire a contract communications advisor.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by Monday, March 10 at 4:00 MST to executivedirector@albertacga.ca.

Alberta Common Ground Alliance

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) is the voice of buried facility damage prevention in Alberta. Its members, representing the majority of the province's damage prevention stakeholder groups, work to reduce damages to buried facilities through the consensus identification, verification and promotion of damage prevention best practices and proper ground disturbance procedures.

The ABCGA is an open membership non-profit Alberta society that provides the forum where stakeholders can share information and perspectives and work together on all aspects of damage prevention to produce stronger, more effective results through cooperation, collaboration and the pursuit of common goals.  We actively seek opportunities to participate in the development and revision of regulations, practices and guidelines to ensure they are fair, reasonable, based on current best practices and reflect stakeholder consensus.

Communications Advisor Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director the communications advisor will be responsible to:

  • Develop a marketing plan that will include a social media strategy
  • Assist with administration of ABCGA website (public and private members pages), including posting content and sending email blasts
  • Work with Education & Marketing Committee to develop marketing strategy for DigSafe month
  • Monitor member and public issues
  • Develop monthly newsletter articles for various membership
  • Develop media relation campaigns
  • Prepare presentations for tradeshows, conferences, member meetings
  • Develop marketing materials for tradeshows and conferences
  • Prepare key messages and briefing documents where required
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director or member of Executive Committee

Required Skills

The communications advisor must have:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Document management skills
  • Experience in social media marketing and with using Hootsuite or any equivalent content management application
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, or equivalent software
  • Familiarity with Wild Apricot member management software
  • Be familiar with, and able to run, virtual meetings through platforms such as GoToMeeting
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction or oversight
  • Organize and coordinate workload to meet time deadlines
  • Ability to successfully engage with volunteers and part time contractors


  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in working with diverse stakeholders in a committee environment
  • Relevant post-secondary education would be an asset in communications, visual design or social media

 Conditions of Work

The incumbent will be expected to work independently on deadline specific tasks.  Time requirements will depend on project requirements.  Schedule flexibility is a requirement.

The incumbent will maintain an office that has suitable functionality to meet administration requirements.


The incumbent is an independent contractor and shall not be considered an employee of the ABCGA or entitled to any benefits that the ABCGA may provide to its employees.

The incumbent shall not be currently employed with a ground disturbance training provider.

Ownership of Materials

Final versions of all written documents produced by the administrator for the ABCGAs use shall belong to the ABCGA.


The incumbent shall not disclose to any other person or party, other than the ABCGA any confidential or proprietary information contained in any training program applications for endorsement, restricted access documentation and/or any confidential business operations relevant to the ABCGA and TSC.


Compensation shall be at an agreed upon rate per hour, both exclusive of GST.

The incumbent shall be reimbursed for travel and sustenance expenses related to the conducting of business on behalf of ABCGA at actual cost subject to the submission and approval of an itemized statement of expenses with receipts. 

Use of the incumbent’s personal vehicle related to the conducting of business or attending meetings shall be reimbursed at the CRA’s current “reasonable per kilometre allowance” subject to the submission and approval of a vehicle log.  GST shall not be added to this allowance.

Submit an Application

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by Monday, March 10 at 4:00 MST to executivedirector@albertacga.ca.

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