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Special Projects Officer, Strategic Communications (req6328)

Department: University Relations

Location: Saskatoon

Status: Permanent

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: 12/14/2020

Closing Date: 12/20/2020

Number of Openings: 1

There is a strong internal candidate for this position.

Primary Purpose: The Special Projects Officer will focus on brand engagement by bringing the USask brand to life on and off campus in engaging ways that are memorable, authentic, and compelling, capturing the spirit of the university and the communities we serve, and demonstrating that we care and are involved in initiatives that are important to our stakeholders. By extending USask's involvement into sponsorships, events, and activities on and off campus, throughout the city and region, our bond with our immediate communities as ?The University the World Needs? can be further strengthened, helping create brand advocates and ambassadors for USask among our target audiences.

This role centralizes USask's brand engagement initiatives within University Relations' Strategic Communications unit, and their work complements any alumni, donor, and/or community engagement work that is currently happening in the units and/or colleges. The position serves as an institution-wide coordinator of resources as it relates to USask's involvement with external communities, organizations, and events, identifying which units are best to participate based on potential audiences and outcomes, and tracks all activities across campus to create an ongoing university-wide inventory.

Nature of Work: The Special Projects Officer provides coordination, communications, planning and project management expertise, leadership, and support to the AVP, Strategic Communications in the overall development, implementation and continuous improvement of brand engagement projects, events, and strategies. The position reports to the AVP, Strategic Communications.


The position will:

  • coordinate the major brand engagement projects and initiatives for the AVP, Strategic Communications.
  • focus on increasing USask's brand awareness and reputation as a proud community partner and supporter;
  • attend key events off and on campus as an ambassador for the university;
  • be responsible for identifying and implementing opportunities that engage USask's brand within the community through sponsorships, advertising, and participation at events;
  • devise an annual strategy to reach the city and province with a range of popular community events and organizations, including summer festivals, family events, and headlining events;
  • identify major themes and celebrations that are important to the internal university community, and build a calendar of on-campus engagement activities.
  • evaluate opportunities at an institutional level and bring in/partner with other units/colleges as appropriate;
  • act as the liaison across campus for student and staff engagement activities within and beyond the University, working with all units within University Relations, with colleges and schools, the USSU, and Huskie Athletics to ensure engagement activities are coordinated and communicated;
  • conduct appropriate research and implement measurement metrics;
  • gather information on what is currently being sponsored/participated in and by whom on campus as a representative of USask;
  • be able to lead a ?street team? of students to properly resource events and activities.


Education: A University degree in business administration, communications or a related field is required. A

combination of education and demonstrated leadership experience may be considered.

Experience: Minimum of seven years of applicable community engagement, planning, project management, communications, and/or relationship management experience in positions of increasing responsibility. The successful applicant will have experience with the culture, policies and procedures of the University, have a thorough understanding of the local community, and a demonstrated understanding and application of best practices with respect to community relations, communications, people, and project planning processes.

Skills: Demonstrated competency in the areas of community relations, project management, communications planning, and organization, working both independently and collaboratively; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; strong analytical skills; ability to effectively work with decision-makers to achieve solutions to unique and complex problems; ability to recognize and maneuver through political situations; ability to exercise judgment, tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality; ability to manage competing interests and deadlines; and highly proficient computer skills. The successful candidate will have solid personal leadership skills.

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.