This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months. About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018. Job Summary

The Faculty of Medicine inspires and enables excellence in health care through its medical education and research programs, and by serving and engaging society. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Communications will create, lead and manage the strategic communications portfolio for Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine. This role is critical within the Faculty of Medicine to ensure effective internal and external communications and to support, protect and enhance the reputation of the Faculty. Key Responsibilities

  • Provide senior level strategic counsel on a wide range of significant items including media relations, community engagement, internal and external communications, issues management, special events, print publications, website and electronic communications, and government relations.
  • Manage, evaluate, and oversee the development, implementation, and execution of a strategic communication plan for the Faculty of Medicine, in support of the Faculty's mission and strategic directions.
  • Oversee the day-to-day functioning of the Communications unit. Assign responsibility for programs and projects and monitor work, providing overall direction and guidance.
  • Provide communications leadership on partner programs and events which involve multiple partners. Liaise with partners to ensure that all are appropriately positioned in the program, event, or announcement.
  • Provide communications support to the Dean of Medicine, and to other senior Faculty of Medicine leaders, which includes preparing speeches, memos, letters, briefing notes, and making communications related recommendations to the Dean.
  • Anticipate and assess reputational risk and developing plans to protect, mitigate and manage risk. Develop communications plans aimed at managing issues in the public arena and advise individuals regarding media relations issues.
  • Note Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or other related area, plus seven years' experience in progressively responsible communications or public relations positions (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Demonstrated success in delivering results across multiple platforms and to multiple audiences in support of institutional strategic objectives, preferably in a large complex environment. Excellent communication skills are required; candidate should be an accomplished writer across multiple platforms. Strong understanding and experience in strategic communications, issues and reputation management and media relations is required. The ability to build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders is vital to this role. Experience supervising staff is preferred. Job Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie's core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

  • Integrity
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Adaptability
  • Knowledge & Thinking Skills
  • Communication
  • Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program. Application Consideration

Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources. Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Halifax, NS, Canada
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