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VER Strategic Communications

Competition No. -


Closing Date -

Sep 06, 2022

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people-from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department summary

If taking on a meaningful challenge excites you, this is your opportunity to lead new strategies in support of the U of A's core mission of teaching, learning, research and innovation and grow your professional strengths while doing work that matters.This position will support integrated communications and marketing efforts across the two academic vice-presidential portfolios at the U of A: the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation).

Both a strategist and a team player, you will see connections and opportunities for integrating communications and marketing efforts across both portfolios and their constituent units.

Position summary

Reporting to the Senior Partner, VP (Academic) and VP (Research and Innovation), the Partner works to deliver integrated strategic communications and marketing professional services in support of the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation. By collaborating with colleagues across the External Relations portfolio, the Partner will lead, coordinate and deliver support across a range of areas, including: internal communications, editorial strategy, digital, brand, marketing, media relations and more.

The Partner must demonstrate flexibility, agility, and an aptitude for balancing changing priorities-whether that's supporting university-wide initiatives with communications planning, leading complex and integrated communications and marketing campaigns, offering executive communications support and advice, or promoting the U of A's world-class research and innovation as a pillar of the U of A brand.

The ideal Partner will also demonstrate experience in:

  • Integrated communications and marketing initiatives
  • Complex project management in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Working with executive leadership
  • Active, self-motivated problem solving
  • Facilitating and navigating change, especially with clients and stakeholders


  • Working with academic and administrative leaders to develop and implement integrated strategic communications and marketing plans that support the U of A's objectives as a leading research-intensive University in a competitive, global market.
  • 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 the U of A's brand and reputation. Advises leadership on reputational risks and implications of current or proposed actions.
  • Providing strategic leadership and counsel to other communicators and leaders within the portfolio (faculty, staff, researchers, institutes and units).
  • Identifying, building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal and external stakeholders at the local, provincial, national and international level to further academic, research and innovation interests.
  • Actively pursuing storytelling for important news stories, as well as marketing campaigns related to research funding announcements, student/faculty/staff/alumni/donor profiles, research discoveries, partnerships and philanthropic support which highlight the U of A's research, teaching and other contributions to the community.

Minimum Qualifications

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
  • Expertise in multi-stakeholder communication
  • Deep understanding of all communication channels
  • Solid commitment to consultation, collaboration and communication
  • High degree of professionalism and judgment
  • Strong research, communication skills
  • Solid understanding of academic culture, the university's policies and procedures and its organizational structure

Preferred Qualification

  • An understanding of the complexities of the Provost's portfolio and/or the broad research and innovation enterprise of the university will be considered an asset.

In accordance with the Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Officer (TLAPO) Agreement, this position is an initial appointment of 12 months up to 2 years, with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $65,906 to $109,772.

How to Apply

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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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