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Communications Associate (Fall 2024)



Marketing & Communications
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024
About Us:
AltaML is a leading North American applied AI company with extensive experience in building and operationalizing AI solutions. We call our business model Invent and Studio, from industry agnostic to industry focused, which encompasses focus and domain expertise combined with an ability to understand workflows and how to get to generalizability with data. AltaML has multiple functional disciplines and joint ventures.
We are a company like no other – we believe in making small bets, failing fast, and being better together. We are looking for creative problem-solvers who obsess about the customer to find wins across different industries.
We don’t hire for fit; we hire to add. We are looking for people who play our core values of being: Agile, Gritty Humble, and Happy. If you’re passionate about AI/ML, thrive in a dynamic environment, and want to work with a diverse team of wickedly smart people, we want to hear from you!
Responsible AI (RAI)
AltaML employees, contractors, and associates must be trained and well-versed in the importance of Responsible AI and empowered to enact RAI principles by developing and deploying AI solutions. They should also be empowered to raise and escalate RAI concerns as required.
AltaML is responsible for elevating public discourse and awareness of AI through open, transparent communications with the broader public.
Job Role
As the Communications Associate and as a member of the Marketing and Communications team you will play an essential role in supporting growth through storytelling to highlight how artificial intelligence can help propel business, as well as build brand reputation and visibility for AltaML and its Ventures. Using plain language and clear messaging, this team ensures accessibility of complex AI/ML subject-matter to wide audiences, while resonating with target audience needs.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain a wealth of communications experience for a rapidly-growing company. You will work closely with the Communications Manager on a number of communication functions and work collaboratively on amplifying the AltaML brand (and Ventures as required) through earned media and owned channels. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively with teams across the organization as part of the business operations team.
This is an 8-month preferred opportunity for current students looking for work experience starting in Fall 2024. Please note that this opportunity can also be extended.
Office as a Resource & Participating Universities: This opportunity is currently open to anyone that is currently enrolled at the U of Alberta, U of Calgary (Masters Only), Mount Royal U, U Waterloo, U of Toronto, and Queens U. As this is a Mitacs funded opportunity, please reach out if you have questions regarding your eligibility. While we have offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Waterloo we use our offices as a resource.

What You'll Do:

  • Provide recommendations for enhanced clarity of messaging.
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager on strategic communications such as drafting key messages, announcements, press releases, and overall communication plans.
  • Ensure consistency and adherence to brand voice and maintain brand integrity on all external communications and collateral.
  • Take technical concepts around software development and artificial intelligence and translate them into plain language in a way that helps highlight the way these technologies can help propel business.
  • Contribute to drafting strategic social media posts and brainstorm ideas on developing strategic and engaging social media content for company announcements and other partnership/sponsorship agreements.
  • Support coordination relating to design requests for social media posts, announcements, and other collateral as required.
  • Brainstorm ideas and proactively pursue media opportunities and other tactics to amplify brand and visibility in all markets.
  • Support internal communications.
  • Other duties as required to support the portfolio.

What You Bring:

  • You are a strong communicator, creative and strategic thinker with an understanding or interest in building brand reputation and storytelling.
  • You have experience working and collaborating in cross-functional teams.
  • You are capable of managing a number of projects simultaneously with various timelines and teams.
  • You have a solid understanding of how to build engaging social media content.
  • You have an interest in technology and innovations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
First Nations Acknowledgment
As this role is an opportunity in Edmonton, Alberta - AltaML would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands, referred to as Treaty 6 Territory and that the City of Edmonton and all the people here are beneficiaries of this peace and friendship treaty. Treaty 6 encompasses the traditional territories of numerous western Canadian First Nations, including Cree, Dene (DEN–Ē), Stoney Nakota Sioux, Saulteaux (SO-TO), and Ojibwe (OJIB-WĒ). AltaML is dedicated to ensuring that the spirit of Treaty 6 is honoured and respected.
Equal Opportunities
AltaML is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a safe, diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage qualified applicants of all backgrounds including ethnicity, religion, disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, family status, age, nationality, and education levels to apply. If you are contacted for an interview and require accommodation during the interviewing process, please let us know.
We Look for A-Players Who:
- Express our core values
- Are hungry for knowledge
- Want to learn new skills
- Are respectful
- Collaborate with others across the whole company
- Share knowledge with coworkers
- Educate and promote AI and ML concepts both internally and externally
- Have a high work ethic and are self-motivated
Our Perks:
🌴Uncapped Vacation - For all full time, permanent employees. Seriously, take the time you need - when you need it.
🚀Make an Impact - Witness the impact your work contribution has on the success of our company.
👩🏿‍💻Working with PhD and Master Level Colleagues - Endless conversations around the latest in Machine Learning and Applied AI.
🩺Competitive Benefits - For all full time, permanent employees.
🏢 Office as a Resource - Hybrid work environment with state-of-the-art office spaces that ignite collaboration.
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Our Culture:
You will be working in a high-paced environment focused on creating unique ML solutions to problems across multiple industries to generate impactful value. You will be working at a company with employees who have multiple years of industrial and academic experience in data science, software engineering, product development, and machine learning fields.
You will be able to experience a collaborative company culture, which means we believe in working hard, getting the job done, and enjoying the group social on Fridays. You’ll also get flexibility in where you work, what hours you work, how much vacation you take, and what you wear. We expect hard work but respect work/life balance.
Core Values:
At AltaML, we are driven by our core values. We believe that by embodying these values in everything we do, we will exceed our customer’s expectations while creating a positive and empowering work environment for our team members. We are dedicated to living our values and strive to make them the foundation for our success.
We are entrepreneurial, determined, and resilient, pushing through challenges to achieve our goals.
We make decisions based on “little bets” creating a safe space to take risks. We embrace an interactive process, allowing ideas to fail quickly or be scaled iteratively. Together, we continuously refine and improve our approach to reach the desired outcome.
We listen to data, embrace new ideas, admit limitations and take ownership to solve problems. We constantly push ourselves to improve and excel.
We ignite passion and purpose by fostering a dynamic work environment. We encourage tap dancing to work, common sense over rules, empowering team members to find joy in their contributions, and being your authentic self.