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  • Non Union

Job Category

  • AAPS


AAPS Salaried
  • Information Services, Level B

Job Title

Communications Manager


Dean's Office and Communications | Peter A. Allard School of Law

Compensation Range

  • $8,342 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date

March 8, 2021

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

To develop, manage and implement a wide variety of print, digital and public relations strategies to communicate the teaching, research and other activities of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia to key audiences and the broader public at the local, provincial, and international level.

The Communications Manager leads brand and marketing communications strategies for the Allard School of Law, working collaboratively with the Digital Communications Manager as needed.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Director, Dean's Office. Works in collaboration with the Communications Team, other members of the administration, faculty members and other M&P staff.

Work Performed

  • Identify and prioritize yearly, longer-term and project-based communications and marketing needs and opportunities; and develop, manage and implement communications plans, strategies and vehicles for broad impact and appropriate to key audiences.
  • Provide communications and public relations support for faculty members and faculty units as needed.
  • Working closely with faculty members, law school units, UBC Public Affairs and UBC Marketing/Communications around identifying key stories in the Faculty for wider dissemination.

- Developing, writing and editing communications pieces, including magazine and website features and social media posts.

  • Ensuring the Allard School of Law branding is accurate and reflected in all outgoing communications.
  • Providing communications direction to all internal and external clients and materials as needed.
  • Publicizing of special events hosted by Allard Law.
  • Managing the development and production of the law school?s admissions materials.

  • Managing development, production, editorial and distribution for the Allard School of Law alumni magazine.
  • Support the alumni relations manager on communication initiatives such as the monthly alumni e-newsletter and other projects and initiatives around alumni engagement.
  • Overseeing the communications budget for the Faculty.
  • Managing media requests on behalf of the Faculty.
  • Providing communications support around issues management.
  • Taking part in University-wide communication initiatives, including the UBC Marketing and Communication meetings.
  • Managing the law school's content calendar.
  • Working with the Digital Communications Manager to manage the law school's social media channels.
  • Overseeing the production of the law school's weekly student newsletter.
  • Remaining current with major trends and issues in higher education marketing.
  • Performing other related duties.
  • Consequence of Error/Judgement

    This position will require the exercise of judgment in the carrying out of most, if not all, of the above-noted tasks, in particular the giving of strategic advice, responding to faculty requests, prioritizing areas of focus, the hiring of service providers, liaising with other campus offices and the media, and coordinating the Allard School of Law s web content.

    Incorrect decisions can adversely affect the reputation of the Allard School of Law, its faculty members, its students, its staff and its alumni.

    Supervision Received

    Reports to the Director, Dean's Office, but works closely with, and may be called upon to take direction from, other senior members of the administration and faculty members in respect of some of the tasks performed.

    Supervision Given

    Supervises an administrative assistant that supports the communications office part-time. Supervises any work study students assigned to the holder of this office.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. University degree in Communications, Marketing or Journalism or related field. Minimum of five years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Related experience in communications, public and media relations, journalism or marketing. Experience in publishing, print management, website development, communications product development and planning, and media relations. Experience in supervising contractors in these areas.

    • Prior experience working with public relations firm and /or other technical professionals an asset.
    • Experience working on alumni or other magazine development an asset.
    • Experience working with desktop publishing tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite and InDesign an asset.
    • Demonstrated skills in writing, editing and managing overall design elements on a project.
    • Computer experience required, both MAC and PC.
    • Effective oral and written communication, prioritization, interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to adapt writing style for various purposes and for different publications and media requirements.
    • Ability to break down complex information and exercise diplomacy, tact and discretion when working with information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature.
    • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with various levels of senior administration, the legal profession, external agencies and the public.
    • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment and to work under pressure to meet deadlines

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