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

From ?the little college by the sea? to a world-leading, research-intensive university: Dalhousie University's first 200 years have seen it transform from a local centre of learning to an institution with global impact.

Today, the university's 19,550 students and 6,000 faculty and staff are connected across borders and through multiple mediums. Now more than ever, the importance of timely, engaging and responsive communications will continue to serve as a vital tool to build and strengthen our community. It is in this spirit that the university invites applications for the role of Director of Communications and Public Relations. Job Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Vice-President (AVP), Communications, Marketing & Creative Services (CMC), the Director of Communications and Public Relations (Director), is a senior member of Dalhousie's Communications team, responsible for external communications, internal/employee communications, issues management, crisis communications, media relations, social responsibility and community engagement. The Director is responsible for developing results oriented and measurable strategic communications and community engagement plans to support the university's objectives and key areas of focus in keeping with the university's mission and CMC's broader unit plans. The Director leads a team of communications professionals and works closely and collaboratively with the AVP and Director of Marketing as well as with other leaders at the university including the executive and leadership team, providing strategic counsel on public relations and communications issues.


  • Leads strategic project planning for key initiatives in the CMC portfolio. Specific areas include: external communications, internal/employee communications, issues management, crisis communications, media relations and community engagement.
  • Manages, evaluates and oversees development, implementation and execution of annual strategic communications plans in support of Dalhousie's strategic priorities and business goals and provides senior strategic counsel, critical analysis and alternative approaches and recommendations on a wide range of issues and opportunities as well as develops and interprets related policies and procedures.
  • In consultation and collaboration with the AVP, anticipates issues as well as provides timely advice and counsel on continuing and emergent issues and leads initiatives with positive impact. Acts as a trusted advisor to the AVP and senior leadership team on projects, issues and opportunities. Researches, prepares documents and briefings and makes recommendations to the AVP.
  • Develops meaningful measurement vehicles and tracks and reports results for all communications efforts and plays an instrumental role in anticipating and assessing reputational risk. As a member of the Communications team, the Director is instrumental in building and protecting the institution's reputation and image among various constituencies.
  • Leads and collaborates with communications staff, and communicators across the campus in other departments by providing strategic counsel in diverse areas including crisis communications, strategic plan development, issues management and media relations.
  • Manages personnel/administrative functions (e.g. hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, providing professional development opportunities, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing levels, enhancing satisfaction and productivity of personnel and ensuring department outcomes are achieved.
  • Note Qualifications

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

  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Thinking and Acting Strategically
  • Relationship Building
  • Resource & Process Management
  • Change & Innovation
  • 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 university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 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