VER Strategic Communications

Competition No.


Closing Date

Sep 29, 2021

This posting is open to current employees at the University of Alberta only. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Marketing Partnerships, the Partner works to deliver communications, marketing, digital and creative services to the Faculty of Native Studies, Indigenous Initiatives

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.

In all facets of this role, the Partner endeavors to integrate and advance the University's commitments to Indigenous Initiatives, and equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic leadership and counsel with other communicators and leaders within the portfolio (Faculty of Native Studies staff, researchers and Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity portfolio).
  • Working with External Relations partners and Centres of Expertise to advise on the development of events that support Indigenous Initiatives. Advises U of A editorial and engagement development for alignment with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity portfolio and institutional strategic direction.
  • Working with the academic or administrative leader to develop and implement a communication and marketing strategic plan that supports Faculty and University objectives and aligns with the strategic direction of Centres of Expertise in the External Relations portfolio. Ensures this plan is integrated and aligned with the college/portfolio and University communications plan by working closely with the Director, Communications and Marketing Partnerships.
  • Developing and/or implementing strategies and key messages to enhance the reputation, heighten the awareness, address multiple audiences, and deliver a coherent and unified message to internal and external audiences.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant issues and trends that could affect brand and reputation. Advises leadership on reputational risks and implications of current or proposed actions.
  • Acting as a key point of contact for issues management planning and rapid response messaging for the assigned area(s) to deal with critical events as they arise, working closely with Centres of Expertise.
  • Identifying, building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal and external stakeholders at the local, provincial, national and international level to further area interests.
  • Promoting a positive image of both the University by ensuring the coverage of important news stories, funding announcements, student/faculty/staff/alumni/donor profiles, research discoveries, partnerships and philanthropic support which highlight the area's research, teaching or other service to the community.
  • Acting as editor withall unit-level communication mediums. Writes, edits and/or reviews communications materials (e.g. articles, speeches, faculty/area publications).
  • Supporting the Centres of Expertise with story sourcing, content production, campaign, events and other initiatives as required.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in a communications, marketing or journalism in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of EDI and commitment to engaging with these initiatives; a track record of success in moving forward these agendas in meaningful and impactful ways
  • Demonstrates experience with supporting Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity strategies
  • Expertise in multi-stakeholder communication
  • Deep understanding of all communication channels
  • Solid commitment to consultation, collaboration and communication
  • High degree of professionalism and judgement
  • Strong research, communication skills
  • Solid understanding of academic culture, the university's policies and procedures and its organizational structure
  • Deep understanding of equity, diversity and inclusivity, histories of Indigenous peoples in this place called Canada, and the role of Universities in Truth and Reconciliation

This opportunity actively encourages persons historically under-represented at the University to apply. An ideal candidate would be a member of this under-represented group, including women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University.

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this is a full-time continuing position offering a comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range of $65,348 to $108,916.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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Edmonton, AB, Canada
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