Manager Communication & Advocacy

Posted on Sept. 23, 2021

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Position Details:

Employer: Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA)

Location: Edmonton, AB

Industry: Not-For-Profit/Post-Secondary

Position Outline:


Founded in 2015 under The Societies Act, the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the presidents of Alberta’s 26 post-secondary institutions (7 publicly funded and governed universities, 11 comprehensive community colleges, 5 independent publicly supported universities, 2 polytechnic institutions, and 1 specialized arts and cultural organization).

Meeting regularly to discuss common concerns and respond collectively to shared opportunities, COPPOA provides a venue for Alberta’s post-secondary leaders to build and strengthen research and teaching partnerships across the province to the benefit of their respective students and communities, as well as the province as a whole.

Alberta’s post-secondary education system is a critical engine for job creation and the economic and social prosperity of the province.  Alberta’s 26 universities, colleges, and polytechnics produce leaders, innovators, and individuals with the knowledge and skills to ensure the continued success of Alberta’s key sectors (i.e., agriculture, energy, and health).  Post-secondary institutions are instrumental in preparing the next generation of employees and entrepreneurs – and they are key in fueling the industries of the future.

For more than a century, COPPOA’s member institutions have shaped Alberta’s cultural and social development.  We feed the optimism, entrepreneurship, and ambition of all Albertans in every corner of the province, and provide the learning and training they need to realize their potential, achieve their goals, and contribute to the well-being of their communities.

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the newly created role of Manager Communication & Advocacy will drive the creation of strategic communication tools to support evidence-based advocacy, and build strong stakeholder relationships.  The successful candidate requires a solid working knowledge of Alberta’s post-secondary system, have excellent writing skills, program management experience, and prior exposure to government and stakeholder relations.


As the Manager Communication & Advocacy, you will be accountable for the following:

  • Writing strategic plans to be shared with all of Alberta’s Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs).
  • Providing communication expertise and creating content for approved provincial advocacy initiatives.
  • Creating content for public information (i.e., print, web, speeches) on the value of PSIs in Alberta for use by the Executive Committee and the Executive Director.
  • Under the guidance of the Executive Director, acting as a liaison with the Government of Alberta on select projects in order to provide the Executive Director and COPPOA with information and advice that will allow COPPOA to set government relations strategies and goals.
  • Preparing and providing information and updates on post-secondary matters in other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Supporting the Executive Director with project management assistance on initiatives approved by the Council.


You will possess the following:

  • Familiarity with the legislation applicable to post-secondary education.
  • A gentle and proven communication style, both written and verbal. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels.  Transparent and readily accessible to all.  
  • Exceptional skills in writing, editing, and proofreading of text suitable for public communication with sound knowledge of grammar, punctuation usage, editorial styles, and style guides.
  • Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with a focus on precision.
  • Outstanding rapport building skills, and ability to embrace a collaborative approach to policy and program management, showing tact in discussing issues, presenting data, making recommendations to, and garnering feedback from, the Council members.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple concurrent priorities, multi-task, and work well under tight deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Self-confidence and effective assertiveness with decision making capability.
  • Strategic and visionary in your approach, and the competence to convey information and recommendations to people from all walks of life.
  • A positive attitude and demeanour, an aptitude for innovative ideas, and personal drive.
  • Flexible, trustworthy, honest, and a common-sense approach.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Google is required; website management experience is an asset.


In addition to meeting the above criteria, you will have a post-secondary Bachelor’s degree with a relevant specialization (i.e., Business, Policy, English, Communications, Marketing, etc.), in combination with 3 to 5 years of experience with communication, project management, and government and/or stakeholder relations.


A competitive and attractive salary is provided based on the above criteria and will be explored during further discussions. 

Please note that this position may be filled as a full-time employment position directly with COPPOA, or through a long-term secondment agreement with an existing organization.   


James Davies   

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]


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