Position Profile

Job Title:  Internal Communications Consultant

Work Unit:  

Ministry:   Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Competition Number:  1041333

Date:  March 2017



The Internal Communications Consultant works closely with the Agriculture and Forestry (AF) Communications management team on strategic and cross-divisional communications. Reporting to the Assistant Communications Director, the position is responsible for providing senior professional communications counsel to the department in keeping with AF, and Government of Alberta business plans. The Internal Communications Specialist works with a large degree of independence providing total information development and dissemination to a division or a number of branches of a ministry. This is the advanced level of communications work.

Responsibilities and Activities


Provides strategic communications counsel and professional communications support to senior management and assigned program areas, based on the branch business plan, to support the ministry.


  • Develops, implements and monitors communication strategies for internal audiences.
  • Provides strategic communications planning and consulting.
  • Creates and implements e-communications strategies and also works in partnership with e-communications specialist.
  • Participates in cross-department and ministry communication committees as needed.

Provides effective, pro-active issues management support through the Assistant Communications Director to the Deputy Minister and senior department staff in accordance with the branch and Ministry business plan.


  • Identifies and monitors emerging issues.
  • Develops effective and timely strategies and key messages to proactively address and deal with issues.

Provides strategic writing support of complex and/or sensitive information materials for internal audiences.


  • Plans, coordinates, writes and edits, letters, briefings, brochures, reports, speeches, messages, presentations, newsletters and other publications such as GoA connector.
  • Develops content for the web (intranet), monitors web trends and opportunities (i.e. social media) and provides communications counsel to clients in using the web effectively as a communications tool.
  • Ensures all materials are written in plain language and are effective and audience/medium appropriate.

Coordinates graphic design and promotional material production as required ensuring government guidelines and standards are met.


  • Provides design and production advice and counsel.
  • Coordinates production with contract staff, suppliers and advertising agencies directly and through PAB.
  • Ensures timely quality products within budget.

Responsible for event management for internal events.


  • Manages project, timelines, strategy, budget and evaluation.
  • Organizes logistics, including venue, presentation materials, multimedia, collateral materials and catering services.
  • Acts as a resource for other department staff involved in event management.

Provides functional supervision to staff and project positions within the branch as required.


  • Provides guidance and acts as a coach/mentor to junior communications staff and students.
  • Provides guidance to administrative staff, along with input on assessment as required.
  • Provides input into staffing needs and requirements.
  • Serves as coordinator and lead on key projects and assignments.


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