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Communications and Advancement Coordinator

Primary Purpose: The primary goal of Communications and Advancement Coordinator role is to support the college's goals and priorities with effective communications and engagement that builds, maintains and protects the college's reputation and profile with internal and external stakeholders. The Communications and Advancement Coordinator reports to the Manager, Communications and External Relations, and works closely with other communications, development, recruitment and alumni relations staff across campus.

Nature of Work: The coordinator provides day-to-day communications support, including story writing, updating websites, developing marketing materials, supporting events, monitoring and updating social media channels, executing donor relations and stewardship activities, and ensuring effective tracking and reporting of engagement activities.

The coordinator creates high-quality communications materials and content for a variety of mediums and digital platforms, and a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, as assigned. The incumbent will work collaboratively within the College of Education to build the unit's brand by promoting, celebrating and communicating its people, activities and success stories with key internal and external audiences.

Working in conjunction with the Manager, Communications and External Relations, the coordinator will execute event activities that engage and foster relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will have strong interview, writing and storytelling skills, and an ability to write for a variety of formats, including print and online. They will be a team player and thrive in a fast-paced environment. They will have a keen attention to detail and accuracy when updating website and engagement databases. Knowledge and ability to transform websites for effecting user experience would be an asset.

The work is performed under the pressure of deadlines and is expected to positively influence the profile of the College of Education. The work is unstructured, often with high volume and complexity that requires the management of competing interests with satisfactory outcomes for all involved. The coordinator will help create recruitment and promotional materials and seek opportunities to profile College of Education research, outreach and human interest stories that help build profile for the unit.

Strong attention to detail is required, as the position will also support internal and external communications and will be responsible for the creation of e-newsletters and social media postings to various audiences. The coordinator will also support alumni, student and donor event planning and post-event engagement, and provide website management for the college.

This position is based in Saskatoon, and requires some travel and occasional evening and weekend work.

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority. In support of this priority, this position will contribute to a team environment which recognizes and supports the importance and value of diversity in achieving the mission of the university, and actively seek out those with diverse cultural backgrounds, perspective and experiences to support the mission.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Support the communications and external relations needs of the College of Education and work closely with the Manager, Communications and External Relations to provide communications collateral (stories, web content, brochures, presentations, speaking notes, briefing notes, etc.)
  • Help steward the university's visual, verbal and editorial identity and ensure brand consistency across all communications mediums.
  • Serve as a conduit for community organizations, alumni, donors and individuals to connect with the College.
  • Contribute to building and protecting the profile and reputation of the College of Education.
  • Support internal communications through the management of faculty, staff, alumni and student e-newsletters and other communications pieces.
  • Support external communications by writing stories for a variety of media, including alumni newsletters and publications, websites and social media.
  • Manage the social media accounts for the College of Education and ensure timely and strategic updates.
  • Contribute and upload content to the College of Education website and lead or support the development and revision of website content to maximize user experience. Manage website requests across all departments.
  • Execute College of Education student, alumni and donor events. Update databases that support alumni and donor engagement.
  • Assist with donor communications and stewardship by tracking student award recipients, and executing donor relations activities for annual campaign donors.
  • Keep informed of and follow communications best practices and participate in training as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education: An undergraduate university degree, preferably a degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field. An equivalent level of education and experience may be considered.

Experience: Three to five years of directly-related experience writing and editing, event planning, website and social media management, and working with others to create communications collateral (e.g. stories, webinars, fact sheets, presentations). Experience with communications planning and/or working in an academic environment would be considered an asset.

Skills: Superior writing, storytelling and creative thinking skills, and aptitude for translating content appropriately to multiple communications channels; demonstrated proficiency in developing social media and other online content and maintaining a website; excellent writing, editing, grammar and English language skills; careful attention to detail and proofreading skills; photography and/or video skills would be an asset, as would graphic design skills; highly organized with ability to work independently and collaboratively; proven ability to effectively manage multiple and competing initiatives and consistently meet deadlines; demonstrated professional maturity and polished interpersonal skills with the ability to deliver as well as receive critical feedback; demonstrated proficiency with contemporary computer applications is also required.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Meagan Hinther at 306-966-5843.

Department: College of Education - DnOffce

Status: Permanent

Employment Group: ASPA

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $49,301.00 - 77,033.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional

Salary Phase/Band: Phase 1

Posted Date: 8/24/2022

Closing Date: 9/9/2022

Number of Openings: 1

Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask's Alternative Workspace Guidelines

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where 'Yes' is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable

Driver's License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable

Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable

Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan's Health and safety requirements for faculty, staff and students in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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