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VER Strategic Communications

Competition No.

A100146191

Closing Date

Oct 05, 2021

Partner, Communications and Marketing (College of Social Sciences and Humanities). This posting is open to current employees at the University of Alberta only. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying. This posting will be used to fill multiple positions.

Reporting to the Senior Partner, Communications and Marketing, the Partner works to deliver communications, marketing, digital and creative services to the assigned unit(s) in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. In all facets of this role, the Partner endeavors to integrate and advance the University's commitments to equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the academic or administrative leader to develop and implement a communication and marketing strategic plan that supports Faculty objectives and aligns with the strategic direction of entres of Expertise in the External Relations portfolio. Ensures this plan is integrated and aligned with the college/portfolio and University communications plan by working closely with the Senior Partner (Communications and Marketing).
  • Developing and/or implementing strategies and key messages to enhance the reputation, heighten the awareness, address multiple audiences, and deliver a coherent and unified message to internal and external audiences.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant issues and trends that could affect the area's brand and reputation. Advises leadership on reputational risks and implications of current or proposed actions.
  • Providing strategic leadership and counsel to other communicators and leaders within the Faculty (department staff, research institutes and units).
  • Acting as a key point of contact for issues management planning and rapid response messaging for the assigned area(s) to deal with critical events as they arise, working closely with Centres of Expertise.
  • Identifying, building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal and external stakeholders at the local, provincial, national and international level to further area interests.
  • Promoting a positive image of both the assigned area and the University by ensuring the coverage of important news stories, funding announcements, student/faculty/staff/alumni/donor profiles, research discoveries, partnerships and philanthropic support which highlight the area's research, teaching or other service to the community.
  • Working with External Relations partners and Centres of Expertise to develop events in alignment and coordination with overarching portfolio and institutional strategic direction.
  • Acting as editor for all unit-level communication mediums. Writes, edits and/or reviews communications materials (e.g. articles, speeches, faculty/area publications).
  • Supporting the Centres of Expertise with story sourcing, content production, campaign, events and other initiatives as required.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3-5 years of experience at the professional level
  • Expertise in multi-stakeholder communication
  • Deep understanding of all communication channels
  • Solid commitment to consultation, collaboration and communication
  • High degree of professionalism and judgement
  • Strong research, communication skills
  • Solid understanding of academic culture, the university's policies and procedures and its organizational structure

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this is a full-time continuing position offering a comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range of $65,348 to $108,916.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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