Community Development Coordinator

The Opportunity: The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is seeking a Community Development Coordinator in Edmonton, Alberta. Reporting to the Director of Community development, this position works across ARDN’s dynamic teams, providing support and interacting with rural communities and community based organizations, developing proposals, and generating leads by creating awareness of ARDN’s work in rural communities across Alberta and Canada. This role is very diverse and will touch on many different aspects of ARDN’s work. 

This full-time position will start as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with creating, developing, writing and managing ARDN’s project and grant proposals 
  • Create documentation and processes for the work ARDN does with rural communities, assist with research, and participate in client meetings as required 
  • Working with the communications manager, perform specific program communications, including social media and providing input for briefing notes 
  • Assist with the development and management of project agreements and contracts with clients 
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are met 
  • Create awareness and generate leads for potential opportunities 
  • Research organizations and individuals to find new opportunities
  • Increasing value to current customers while attracting new ones
  • Finding and developing new niches and improving client relations
  • Manage potential opportunities and client tracking using CRM software 
  • Manage the grants database and coordinate with ARDN staff to ensure that grant applications are submitted on time and efficiently 
  • Provide support to the Director of Community Development 
  • Assist in other activities as needed 

Desired skills, experience, and behavioural competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office and Adobe Suite
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and oral presentation 
  • Results driven, resourceful and proactive 
  • Flexible, change embracing and able to work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Great attitude and professional demeanor 
  • Capacity to work independently and in a team 
  • Self-motivated with a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethics 
  • A positive, “can do” attitude, and desire to help others meet organizational goals and be successful 


Minimum Bachelor's degree in marketing, advertising, business management or a related field


The Alberta Rural Development Network focuses on four key areas: Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Substance Use Awareness, and Creating Rural Connections. We work to increase capacity in rural communities by creating tools, resources, and new methods that are tailored to the unique needs and realities faced by rural and remote communities. The ARDN’s membership is comprised of nine Albertan colleges and universities whose combined expertise and research capacity provide evidence-based resources to inform our initiatives.

VISION: A strong sustainable network that empowers rural communities by facilitating access to trusted rural development expertise, information and services.

MISSION: To facilitate, support and champion rural community development through collaboration, research and service provision.

MANDATE: ARDN supports the sustainability of rural communities. We work with communities to amplify the “rural voice”. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues.


ARDN has an open-concept office in a co-working space, with some offices, private meeting spaces, and a common kitchen area. ARDN has 15 employees, with small teams dedicated to a variety of different projects. Work is often shared across staff as needed, and many of ARDN's initiatives are inter-related, allowing us to provide a comprehensive suite of services to the communities we work with and a variety of opportunities for staff to work in different areas if possible. Generally, a weekly staff meeting is held to share updates, issues, and opportunities with the entire group and facilitate communications across teams. Staff birthdays are celebrated and occasional staff social events are held. ARDN is an inclusive and diverse workplace, with a very positive culture.


This job is located in Edmonton, Alberta at the ARDN office near the downtown core. Free parking is available for employees on site, and public transit is available as well.

Edmonton is a beautiful city, both in its amenities and nature. It has a beautiful river valley running through the city center to explore, as well as many parks and green spaces which often host public events and festivals both in the summer and winter. It has many unique breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants to experience, as well as activities like breakout rooms, West Edmonton Mall (with an indoor water park and amusement park), golfing, indoor arenas and outdoor skating rinks, recreation centers, and areas for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Home to the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and NAIT technical college to name a few, there is no shortage of young professionals to meet, night life, and entertainment such as theater, festivals, large concerts and intimate shows, museums, art galleries, and sporting events in the state-of-the-art Rogers Place and Commonwealth Stadium.

Edmonton is also near Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, where a weekend trip can include skiing in the mountains, hiking, and wildlife, as well as exploring the beautiful towns of Jasper and Banff and experiencing the majestic Rocky Mountains, which attract travelers from around the world. Elk Island National Park lies just outside of Edmonton as well, where you can see bison, rent a “glamping” cabin, and explore nature.


Application Deadline: December 21st, 2019

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the posting my be removed early if a suitable candidate is found.

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