Job Posting 66431

Policy Research and Advocacy Coordinator
Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association
Edmonton area, Edmonton
closes in 3 days (Fri, 27 Nov)
full time  •  Annually: $55,000 - $65,000

Organization Summary:
For over fifty years, the Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association (ASCHA) has been advocating on behalf of its members, who provide a variety of seniors housing options for Albertans. In June 2020, ASCHA adopted a more inclusive direction to represent the full continuum of housing our members offer – including community housing. 

Our core roles are advocacy and member services. As a member-driven association, we act as a centre of excellence, of education, best practices and resources for our members, to assist housing providers with providing the very best supports to the Albertans they serve. 
ASCHA currently represents approximately 75% of the seniors housing sector in Alberta, and is working with our existing members to better represent the needs of the province’s community housing organizations. Our members serve over 40,000 seniors across the province in independent, supportive and designated supportive living spaces. ASCHA proudly champions all sectors of seniors housing, including public, private and voluntary providers, as well as providers that offer public and non-profit community housing. Not only is ASCHA comprised of its members, we also engage associates and stakeholders that contribute to the enhancement of housing through their products and services.  

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Policy Research and Advocacy Coordinator will work with our team on priority bipartisan advocacy and initiatives, by providing the policy and issue research necessary to formulate positions and subject matter expertise.  This position will be responsible for tracking political and sector related issues, preparing briefings for Leadership Team consideration, and compiling research and evidence to support advocacy messages and strategic direction.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on federal, provincial, regional, and local legislation and regulations on key policy issues related to seniors and community housing
  • Research best practices in sector related policy outside of Canada
  • Support multifaceted advocacy initiatives and member-informed research
  • Track policy engagement with stakeholders, members, and various layers of government
  • Assist with political analysis to support the Administration team in achieving strategic deliverables and communications initiatives to advance advocacy goals
  • Participate in meetings with key stakeholders, advocacy partners, members, and the Leadership Team
  • Work with the Executive Director and Administration team to implement systems and processes to improve association fluency around key issues
  • Maintain a list of key resources and source materials to support various advocacy initiatives, available internally and to members
  • Prepare briefings for Board and Committee review
  • Collaborate with other team members on survey/focus group/consultation methodology and analysis


Required Skills

  • Knowledge and experience in public affairs, policy, advocacy, and research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong evidence-based report writing skills
  • Knowledge or the equivalent combination of education and experience with member-driven not-for-profit organizations would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s housing sector, legislative processes and housing regulations would also be a considerable asset
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to make independent decisions relative to the position
  • Ability to adapt to changing office technology and processes
  • Ability to understand and respond to the needs of members, stakeholders and the public to meet or exceed expectations
  • Open-minded with the ability to brainstorm, contribute creative ideas and think outside-the-box
  • Working knowledge and practical experience with:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Database Searching
    • Web Applications


A university degree, college diploma or equivalent certification in public policy, political science, or the social sciences with pertinent work experience.


The ideal candidate should be able to:

  • Contribute to a safe, healthy and welcoming working environment
  • Utilize team strengths to optimize the use of people’s skills, knowledge and time
  • Be collaborative, inclusive, and innovative
  • Exemplify a high standard of customer service in all relations with association members
  • Enhance the association’s credibility with government and stakeholders
  • Maintain the confidence of the team in alignment with team values
  • Be engaged and available for internal and external stakeholders
  • Be passionate about achieving results for the association in alignment with the strategic direction


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