This job offer is closed.

Date Posted: 06/20/2022

Req ID: 25187

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science

Department: Communications and Public Affairs

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Position Number: 00052348


About us:

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada's leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Your opportunity:

Communications & Public Affairs develops communication plans and strategies to support the strategic goals of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Amazing things happen here every day and we love to tell the stories about the strengths and achievements of our community. We promote the Faculty's reputation and support internal communications via internal andexternal media. Our areas of focus include news and media relations, marketing and design, digital content management and communications planning and output that responds to the needs of our diverse audiences including students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. Communications leadership and support is also provided for initiatives arising out of the various administrative units within the Dean's Office.

Reporting to the Director, Advancement Communications, the Advancement Writer is responsible for crafting high impact content for proposals, cases for support, presentations, and other materials to move and engage prospective and current donors. The incumbent is a member of the Faculty Communications & Public Affairs team and writes strategic and emotive content including stewardship reports, donor letters, speaking notes and event and campaign materials, as well as news articles and media releases for use in a variety of outputs. The incumbent will also research, identify and cover strategic stories arising from the Faculty's stated advancement priorities and that will engage community members both inside and outside the Faculty. The incumbent also takes a leading role in conceiving of and developing new content strategies that collectively support the Advancement needs of the Faculty and engage alumni, prospects and donors more deeply in positioning the Faculty and celebrating our individual and collective impact on the world around us.

Your responsibilities will include:

Writing and editing copy and content to advance communications objectives and campaign objectives

  • Liaising with the University's central communication office to pitch and share stories
  • Advising on approaches to content generation for writing assignments
  • Tracking milestones and timelines for stories
  • Researching and recommending story ideas that advance priorities and initiatives
  • Writing news and feature stories
  • Editing content for brochures, newsletters, websites and/or handbooks, proposals and cases for support for internal clients

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience

  • Minimum four years of recent and related experience working in advancement communications as a writer or communications officer producing high impact, thoughtful and persuasive content and materials meant to influence current and prospective donors, alumni and other key stakeholders
  • Wide-ranging experience in communicating the meaning, impact and world relevance of a broad spectrum of complex ideas and themes to a variety of audiences
  • Experience researching, interviewing, writing, editing and reporting
  • Experience and proven success in providing superior service and support in a busy, deadline-driven, demanding environment
  • Experience working with a wide range of people from a variety of professional and socialbackgrounds
  • Experience using web content management systems and creating and uploading content for a variety of digital and social media
  • Experience working in an educational setting is preferred
  • Excellent and efficient writing skills and the ability to deliver complex and high-quality content in meaningful, inspiring ways in formats appropriate for a range of audiences on a variety of communication channels and media platforms
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel

To be successful in this role you will be:


  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Intuitive
  • Team player

Closing Date: 07/04/2022, 11:59PM ET

Employee Group: USW

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-Time

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:

USW Pay Band 11 - $66,989 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $85,666. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Category: Communication/Media/Public Relations

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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