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Communications Coordinator (req5803)

Department: College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Location: Saskatoon

Status: Term, maternity leave replacement of up to 18 months, with the possibility of extension

Employment Group: ASPA

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $62,850.00

  • 98,205.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional

Salary Phase: Phase 2

Posted Date: 7/7/2020

Closing Date: 7/27/2020

Number of Openings: 1


The Communications Coordinator provides leadership in the development, implementation and management of strategies that advance the reputation, priorities and goals of the college. The Communications Coordinator is the first point of contact within the college for inquiries and activities related to liaising with the external community.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Dean, the Communications Coordinator participates as a member of the Dean's Office leadership team. This position works closely with the CFO/COO and collaborates directly with University Communications staff and ensures that college activities are in alignment with University strategic communication goals. The work requires creativity, issues management, strong initiative and follow-through. The individual in this position must exercise considerable judgment, discretionary decision-making in a complex environment; an ability to build professional relationships with a cross-section of senior administrators, employees, student representatives and external stakeholders, that support excellent collaboration and problem-solving. The work requires meticulous attention to detail, quality of work, and the need to prioritize. Occasionally, work outside of normal business hours will be required. The incumbent works in an office environment.



  • Leadership in and contribution to the development and dissemination of relevant, significant and timely content through multiple media channels: Posters/brochures; web content; social media; advertising; alumni magazine, presentation tools; media releases and funding announcements;
  • AgBio employees have access to relevant information concerning the goals and activities of the college;
  • Community engagement activities and programs are well-managed and effectively represent the college and university;
  • Continuous improvement on communication effectiveness: Routine media monitoring; ongoing review of website to ensure consistent editorial, grammar and visual standards; routinely conduct post-activity assessment to gauge stakeholder and audience understanding; record keeping, document control and reporting is timely and accurate; processes are documented;
  • Maintain a commitment to professional participation and development;
  • Provide profile and organization of college-related events when required: Lectures, annual awards and donor recognition dinner, media events and other public-engagement activities;
  • Professionally represent the college and university with all internal and external stakeholders;
  • Annual budget for communications is developed and managed to ensure cost-effective use of resources.


  • Understand the strategic direction of the college and university and aligns communications activities accordingly;
  • Collaboratively plan, prepare and implement annual and long-term internal and external communications strategies to support and advance the priorities of the college as well as raising the profile and advancing the reputation locally, nationally and internationally in alignment with the university's strategic plan;
  • Stewardship of the university's visual identity;
  • Policies, procedures and regulations are appropriately interpreted, comply with internal and external requirements and effectively communicated to others;
  • Focus on outcomes and results;
  • Review and assess effectiveness of internal and external communications;
  • Impacts of promotional and engagement programs are measured and communicated.


Education: A university degree in a related field. Additional training in project management, graphic/web design would be an asset.

Experience: Three to five years of directly related experience with a demonstrated progression in level of responsibility. Knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan and academic environments will be considered an asset. An understanding of communication strategies and principles and proven experience in applying them and achieving results in a complex environment; demonstrated leadership and consensus building skills; proven ability to develop written content for a variety of communications vehicles.

Skills: Highly organized with polished presentation and interpersonal skills; exceptional writing skills; strong problem solving and creative thinking skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; demonstrated proficiency with contemporary computer applications; proven ability to effectively manage multiple and competing tasks and projects; demonstrated ability to exercise diplomacy, judgment and tact.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan's main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.