Community Relations Specialist Summer Student

Want to challenge yourself in a fast-paced, creative environment?
Want to use your public communication and design skills for the greater good?

DECSA is looking for a high-energy person with experience to fill the full-time summer student position as our Community Relations Specialist. This person will assist with the development, management and implementation of internal/external communications and media/public relations activity.

Responsibilities will include assisting with the creation and activation of communication and media plans, managing social media activity, and tracking and analyzing the effectiveness of these plans while ensuring that the overall branding and strategic objectives of the organization are met.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the utilization of technology in the areas of WordPress, social media platforms, print publications, graphic design and emerging trends
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver a variety of communications vehicles, such as newsletters, speaking notes, reports, events, and videos
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills to manage multiple projects and priorities in a timely manner and adapt to changing situations
  • Strong verbal communication skills in order to interact with various individuals and committees are essential
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, excellent writing, editing, proofreading and photography skills are essential
  • Appreciation of and respect for protocol, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and in a collaborative environment


  • Post-secondary education in the area of public relations, communications, or journalism
  • Related experience in a non-profit sector is essential
  • Drivers licence is an asset

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
Salary: to be determined

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Shirley Dery, Community Relations Manager at; CC: Deborah Rose, Chief Executive Officer,

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA) provides supports, services and programming to individuals with barriers to employment, education and entrepreneurship. We work with adults and youth with disabilities, sexually exploited men and women (including those who are transgender), newcomers, those affected by domestic violence, concurrent disorders and complex issues.

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