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Position Overview

The Administration Department within VP Research invites applications for a Marketing and Communications Specialist. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Director, Talent, who leads student talent development strategies at the Hunter Hub including the national Experience Ventures program, and working collaboratively with the Hunter Hub marcom team, central units as well as all innovation organizations and faculties of the university, government funders, and external partners, the Marketing and Communications Specialist will work to build and enhance the profile and reputation of the Hunter Hub and the University of Calgary in entrepreneurial thinking and innovation, delivering on the objectives set out in the marketing communications strategy and supporting initiatives that grow entrepreneurial thinking awareness and skills among students and the community.

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will assist the Director, Talent at the Hunter Hub in the launch and development of both short- and long

  • term marketing and communications strategies to build awareness of the Hunter Hub's student talent development initiatives such as Experience Ventures and other initiatives across campus, locally, and nationally; and promote all programs and activities through compelling communications, marketing and advertising deliverables in a variety of media, including print, digital, social, interactive, and mobile.

The Specialist will be a creative, collaborative team player with skills and expertise in marketing, communications, digital strategy, and project management. The role is required to interact continuously and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and community partners, with a strong client service orientation. The incumbent will also work closely with the Hunter Hub team to provide efficient and effective event coordination support.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Create, support and execute marketing and communication plans to build awareness of Hunter Hub, and our student talent development initiatives such as Experience Ventures: support related programs and events targeted to engage students (both undergraduate and graduate) and partners from the community such as startups.
  • Manage, and where required, lead the establishment of marketing and communication channels including newsletters, and website and social media platforms for Experience Ventures.
  • Use templates to create professional graphics, document and image for web and print materials using Adobe programs (light graphic work only); Ensure that the University branding standards are consistently used.
  • Monitor, develop, publish and update content on the Hunter Hub website, and maintain all aspects of the Hunter Hub website on an on-going basis.
  • Be a Hunter Hub ambassador in the Collision Space and at events; professionally liaise with students, faculty, partners and others, as necessary; Organize and maintain all displays and presentation materials in the Hunter Hub Collision space and at external events, where required.
  • Support the University's brand in entrepreneurial thinking through creating and/or writing cutting edge marketing materials and templates (print and digital) and other content (i.e. articles, videos, case studies, etc.) that amplify UCalgary's and our partners innovators, thought leadership in entrepreneurial thinking and student talent development, and related initiatives; Create relevant, accurate, interesting, timely content.
  • Work with faculty, subject matter experts and stakeholders and/or external vendors to develop cutting edge, relevant and engaging entrepreneurial thinking resources and materials for marcom channels and instructional materials for the classroom.
  • Support the Hunter Hub team to develop interesting, inspiring innovation programming for events such as Tech Fest, other Hunter Hub event series, hackathons and experiential learning events with different faculties, organizations, and experts.
  • Support the execution of Hunter Hub events and programs as required, including logistics and resource allocation; agendas, event briefs or programs; invitation and registration of guests, speakers and/or participants.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager to develop/present marketing, communication and outreach metrics and budgets and oversee expenditures as required.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree or diploma in communications, marketing, public relations or related field; a combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Minimum three years' experience in the marketing and communications field, with exposure to digital marketing channels (web and social media).
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute small to medium marketing and communications projects from end-to-end; exposure to integrated marketing campaigns is an asset.
  • Experience in producing a variety of communication and marketing vehicles aimed at various audiences such as: external/internal communications (knowledge of CP style), marketing collateral, web, email, e-newsletters and social media content.
  • Basic photography and videography skills would be considered assets.
  • Experience with event planning, promotion and execution.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office; Web content management (using Drupal 7), graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite) and basic HTML skills would be considered assets; Familiarity with digital analytic tracking and reporting.
  • Demonstrated writing skills; Collaborative, courteous relationship builder with exceptionally strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Superior organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills required in order to deal effectively with complex tasks and multiple priorities and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated project planning skills and experience successfully running impactful, high quality, multi-stakeholder events and initiatives an asset.
  • Proactive and energetic self-starter dedicated to superior client service and able to successfully manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision and direction, who strives to exceed the needs of all stakeholders and partners.
  • Lifelong learner: Willingness and ability to learn new marketing and communications skills, tools and platforms to maintain our competitive edge; Knowledge of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial thinking and/or innovation landscape an asset.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

  • a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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