Job Posting 87438

Communications & Project Assistant, Affordablee
Rural Development Network
Work From Home - Alberta
closed yesterday (Mon, 26 Sep)
full time - temporary / contract  •  $ 50,470 - $52,994/year based on a 35hr work week.

Position: Communications & Project Assistant,  Affordablee
Employer: Rural Development Network (RDN)

Job Posting # SHI 08/22/001 -  please note this number when applying for this position

The Opportunity: The Rural Development Network is seeking a full time Project Assistant to work alongside the  Project Manager, Special Projects Implementation. The candidate will assist with the creation of communication materials and provide extra support as needed for this new project as it is unveiled across Canada over the next 2 years.  This role will include general administrative support along with specific communications projects for the specified initiative. 

Location: Due to funding restrictions, we will only consider applicants located in Alberta. Staff are currently working remotely however the RDN’s office is located in Edmonton, Alberta for candidates who prefer to work in person. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located. 

 

Salary: $ 50,470-$52,994/year based on a 35hr work week. Salary will vary depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. 

Additional Benefits: 

  • Eligibility for health benefits after 3 months of employment, RRSP matching after 1 year of employment, annual vacation and sick leave.
  • RDN has a 35hr work week. Staff have the option of working compressed work weeks, taking every second Friday off rather than working shorter days.
  • Flexible hours (daily start/end times), within RDN’s core hours.
  • Opportunity to work from home part time, or full time depending on location.

 

Anticipated Start Date and Duration: This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  The position will end as of December/23 as the project must be completed by March/24. There is a possibility of extension to this position based on future funding opportunities that may become available. 

 

Responsibilities will include:

Administration:

  • Assist Manager with all tasks that may arise in relation to the project
  • Continue to develop media and promotional materials to advertise the project 
  • Act in a supporting role to plan and facilitate logistics for workshops, including creation of agendas, marketing materials, and onsite event execution (virtual or in-person)
  • Market the workshops and engage with potential attendees
  • Manage workshop registration and on-going communication with attendees as needed
  • Respond to correspondence and information requests as needed to support the Manager
  • Coordinate external communications with stakeholders, clients and rural communities
  • Support outreach activities to communities and community-based organizations across Canada
  • Help Manager connect with local partners & networks to provide them access to the tool
  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and communities to improve the tool, compiling that feedback into report form
  • Help the Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) team with any other work and cover any resource gaps in the team

Communications:

  • Implement communications plans
  • Copywriting
  • Create content and manage social media calendar; post regularly on SHI social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Manage SEO & update website as required
  • Manage paid digital advertising
  • Graphic design

 

Desired Skills and Experience:

RDN is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented team player with a passion for supporting rural communities, and an interest in community development & engagement. The successful candidate will have: 

 

  • High degree of fluency in English (verbal and written)
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Copywriting & content creation
  • Graphic design expertise; experience with Adobe Suite preferred
  • Current experience using Hootsuite, Facebook Meta Business Suite, Facebook advertising, SEO & Google adwords, and LinkedIn advertising; reporting results
  • Experience scheduling events in Eventbrite & Zoom
  • Results driven, proactive and able to work independently
  • Flexible, change embracing and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Outgoing personality that enjoys talking to and engaging people
  • A positive “team player” attitude, and desire to help others meet goals and be successful
  • Interest in learning about the social sector and community development work
  • Experience working with or living in a rural Canadian community is an asset

 

Education:

  • We are looking for a candidate with either a bachelors or masters level education. Equivalencies will be considered.  Generally, relevant fields of education for our type of work include: communications, public policy, social work, commerce, public health. 

 

COVID-19 & Vaccinations:

RDN is committed to the safety and health of our team and people we work with. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, clients, and communities we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All RDN employees and interns are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to.

 

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to and indicate the job posting number.  We recommend applying as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

 

 

About Us

 

About the Rural Development Network:

RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives,  helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills & expertise, and boost their capacity. 

 

RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 40 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

 

RDN is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. RDN is committed to ensuring an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. RDN recognizes that diversity is and will always be a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover​​ letters. 

 

To learn more about RDN, visit www.ruraldevelopment.ca.



About the Affordablee Project:

 

As part of the CMHC Housing Challenge, SHI, in partnership with MapYourProperty, RDN received a grant to roll out, across Canada, a free online tool to assist non-profit and government organizations reduce the time spent in due diligence required to locate appropriate properties for affordable housing projects.

 

About the Sustainable Housing Initiative:

In 2015, RDN created the Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) in direct response to rural communities expressing their need for support in addressing the critical lack of affordable housing. This issue has not received the same attention and resources as it has in urban centres, and comes with unique challenges requiring unique solutions. The SHI conducts research, data analysis, produces housing needs assessments, business plans, financial analyses and more. This lays the groundwork necessary for projects to access funding from governments, banks, and other sources, which is often the biggest hurdle to overcome. 

 

To learn more about SHI, visit www.housingredefined.ca.

 

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