Hours of Work

OOS (Typically M-F/core hours)

Salary Range

$76, 513 - $100,736 annually

Temporary Market Stipend


Total Assigned days (AC) / Total Hours per biweekly pay

75 hours per bi-weekly pay

Posting Status



Job Duties

The communication strategist is accountable to the manager of communications for managing internal and external projects for a variety of corporate clients. This position provides support for internal and external communications, including both print and electronic media, social media and advertising. Internal communications are both employee- and student-focused.

Specific Accountabilities

1.) Administrative Management

  • Researches, coordinates and prepares information materials, briefing materials, fact sheets, etc.
  • Writes, edits, proofreads, designs, produces and distributes written products/web materials.
  • Identifies target audiences and media outlets to maximize impact of announcements.
  • Prepares cost estimates for communications products/services.
  • Produces presentations including PowerPoint presentations.

2.) Client Service

  • Drafts communications materials and provides a complete range of communications services and expertise as required.
  • Writes and coordinates speeches, presentations and briefing notes for senior management as required.
  • Develops key messages and Q&A responses for clients in anticipation of inquiries from a variety of sources.
  • Provides advice to non-communications staff on communications projects.
  • Strategically address communications concerns heard through the employee engagement survey.
  • Researches and develops a variety of communications materials, including news releases, articles, editorials, publications and other written/online communications products in order to develop compelling content to advance Sask Polytechnic's reputation.
  • Develops and assesses communications plans and programs, reports findings and recommends improvements for successful implementation of corporate initiatives.

3.) People Management

  • Ensures a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.
  • Develops resourcing/workforce plan(s) for project and program initiatives, identifying the staffing levels, knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully meet objectives.

4.) Relationship Management Internal

  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with marketing and communications colleagues.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with internal client groups including senior-level management.
  • Develops trust and credibility with senior management to better offer advice and coaching of a remedial nature.


  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with stakeholder and partner communications contacts. Works with representatives of post-secondary institutions, government ministries and partner organizations as required.
  • Fosters positive relations with media personnel.
  • 5.) Risk Assessment and Management
  • Undertakes highly sensitive and confidential assignments to support senior management in communicating a variety of information. o Supporting senior management in the development of communication strategies.
  • Participates in emergency/crisis communication activities as required.
  • Conducts issues management by identifying issues or potential issues that could impact the reputation of Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Provides recommendations to senior management in response to issues and prepares issues notes and public/media statements for use in responding to public or media reaction to issues.
  • Monitors media coverage, analyzes results, advises senior management and develops strategies to minimize reputational impact.
  • 6.) Project Management
  • Supports administration of internal/external communication projects and services.
  • Plans, coordinates and executes special projects as required.
  • Implements approved communication programs and strategic plans, and assembles necessary resources.
  • Provides advice to non-communications staff on communications projects.


The communication strategist reports to the manager of communications. and interacts with various people at the senior management level. This position requires travel to various locations.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities (QSA)

A diploma or undergraduate degree in business marketing, public relations, communications, journalism or a related discipline and 3-5 years of relevant experience in communications is required. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered. A demonstrated knowledge of project management principles, time management and prioritization skills, a capacity for critical thinking and an enhanced writing ability, including understanding of the Canadian Press Style Guide, are requirements for this position. The Communication Strategist must be capable of multi- tasking, managing multiple complex files and projects including budget management, demonstrate strong teamwork skills and effectively manage relationships with internal and external clients and vendors.

Desired QSA

Employer Information

Saskatchewan, , Canada
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