ABOUT THE STUDENTS’ UNION

The Students’ Union (SU) is one of the leading undergraduate student associations in Canada. We work to ensure that University of Calgary undergraduate students have the best possible university experience through advocacy, representation, and providing valuable on-campus services and programs. We also manage several businesses within the MacEwan Student Centre including a restaurant and bar, two concert venues, a convenience store, a used bookstore and copy centre, and the MacEwan Conference & Event Centre.

Students lead our organization, and so SU staff are all teachers in some capacity. We coach, mentor, and work alongside the elected members of our student government to help them develop skills and make good decisions for the organization. Because of this, we trust and invest in our staff as they are pivotal in supporting and fostering positive and productive student leadership. The SU is a nimble organization that can pivot quickly to address emerging issues and trends. This role is ideal for a professional, early in their career, who is looking for the freedom to innovate and is willing to take the initiative to expand their range of experience.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Advocacy Coordinator is part of the Marketing and Communications team. Reporting to the External Communications Specialist, they are responsible for supporting the SU’s university and government-focused advocacy initiatives, which benefit University of Calgary undergraduate students. The coordinator assists with government relations, research, drafting communications, community engagement, event and activity planning, and media relations. Additionally, this role will develop and execute strategies to assist the SU in directly engaging with and organizing the students who are our primary stakeholders.

For more information on the role, including specific responsibilities, please consult the position description.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University degree or equivalent in social sciences, communications, public relations, or any other people-focused discipline complimented with 2-3 years of relevant experience
  • Possesses strong written, verbal and listening skills; understands different audiences and adapts communication styles and media accordingly, as well as demonstrates an overall collaborative and positive communication style
  • Displays a proven ability to manage advocacy projects and initiatives including conducting problem and political analysis, evaluating the probability of achieving change, identifying change objectives, conducting stakeholder analysis and consultation, constructing messages, tactics and materials, and completing monitoring and evaluation of advocacy initiatives
  • Adept at gathering and interpreting information and intelligence from a wide range of sources with ability to observe inter-connections and identify links
  • Proven general research skills that include the ability to conduct research, analyze information, articulate alternatives, draw conclusions and provide practical recommendations to decision makers on issues
  • Understanding of the municipal, provincial, and federal orders of government and their roles, within the Alberta context
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a large, complex, and dynamic organization
  • Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and political beliefs
  • Diplomacy, foresight, and sound judgment
  • Ability to work in a non-partisan environment

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@su.ucalgary.ca.