Job Posting 79531

Program Officer, Special Projects
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
Work From Home, Calgary area, Edmonton area
closes in 2 days (Sun, 30 Jan)
full time - term / contract  •  $35,508 - 48,513/year

Position Title: Program Officer, Special Projects

Location: Flexible within Alberta (Edmonton or Calgary area preferred)

Start Date: February 28, 2022

End Date: March 31, 2023 with possibility of extension

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: $35,508 to $48,513 annually

Posting Close Date: January 30, 2022, 11:59 PM MDT


The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is a provincial not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering healthy citizens, communities and environments and advancing the growth and development of the recreation and parks sector in Alberta. We provide information, programs, services and professional development to communities and our members.


Communities ChooseWell is a program funded by Alberta Health, and managed by ARPA that inspires and strengthens community action to create local conditions and environments that enable all Albertans to eat well and be active. As a key member of the Communities ChooseWell team, the Program Officer, Special Projects is responsible for content development, fostering partnerships, and facilitation of networking opportunities related to specific subject matter that aligns the Communities ChooseWell program and its evaluation outcomes. The Program Officer will coordinate the Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings (HERS) program, represent ChooseWell on the CHEERS collaborative, and coordinate the HERS Peer Learning Network.



Reporting to the Program Manager, Communities ChooseWell, the Program Officer will:

Develop & Implement

  • Develop, maintain and promote Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings, and Traditional Indigenous Foods systems eCourses
  • Support the development, launch, and promotion of ChooseWell Community Development Framework project

Facilitate Peer Support & Knowledge Exchange

  • Facilitate and grow a provincial Peer Learning Network focused on Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings
  • Liaise with and provide support to local wellness champions and other key audiences to apply learning and implement healthy living change strategies

Develop and Provide Information, Tools, & Resources

  • Develop and/or coordinate print and/or web-based tools and resources related to healthy eating, and healthy eating in recreation settings

Provide Leadership

  • Oversee the growth and development of the Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings portfolio

Collaborations & Partnerships

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with external organizations, partners and communities as needed
  • Coordinate, and represent Communities ChooseWell in the CHEERS collaborative

Support the Team

  • Represent and promote Communities ChooseWell and/or ARPA at tradeshows, conferences & events as needed
  • Support other organizational activities as required, such as ARPA’s annual conference


Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant field such as adult education, health education or promotion, public health, recreation, or similar is required
  • Minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience related to the duties of the position is required
  • Expertise in designing and delivering learning opportunities for adults
  • Experience providing leadership and logistical support to conferences and workshops
  • Understanding of provincial and national nutrition guidelines, and expertise in policy development and advocacy is preferred
  • Understanding of population health and community development is preferred
  • Experience recruiting and supporting volunteers is preferred
  • Experience working with Indigenous populations or other diverse communities is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to facilitate learning events in a virtual platform (e.g. Zoom) is required
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and independently, with little supervision
  • Strong project and time management skills, and the ability to work on multiple concurrent projects
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, internet research, Gmail, videoconferencing technology such as Zoom, and social media
  • Working knowledge of Alberta public health and recreation organizations and municipalities is an asset
  • Full vaccination against COVID will be required as this position will be required to attend events that will require vaccination for hosting.
  • Ability to accommodate occasional work outside of typical business hours and travel within Alberta



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