The Communications Specialist is an integral member of the Marketing, Communications and Web Services team at Lethbridge College. This person focuses on building up and maintaining excellent communications within the college community, while working in a fun, fast-paced, collaborative and deadline-driven environment.
The Communications Specialist will have an established record of outstanding writing and communications planning skills, which will be used to support the facilitation, creation, operation and elevation of conversation and communication within the college.
The Communications Specialist must be a strong writer with a proven ability to create compelling content for a variety of internal audiences, delivering complex and high-quality messages in meaningful, inspiring and varied ways. This role requires the ability to work with a high degree of independence and creativity, to add value to the work each day from their own skills-base, and to be proactive in fulfilling varied tasks, working under pressure to meet deadlines and deliverables on time.
Experience cultivating sources and building relationships, leading interviews, writing persuasively and measuring effectiveness with data also contributes to the Communications Specialist's success. The ability to work with confidential and time-sensitive information is also required.
Located on the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Lethbridge College is committed to honouring the land from a place of knowing. We honour the Siksikaitsitapi as both the traditional and current Land Keepers of this area, and we welcome all Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who call Blackfoot territory their home to disclose as such when submitting applications.
Lethbridge College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse environment for all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, and age.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
At Lethbridge College, we know we all benefit when the rich diversity of our campus community is fully represented, and all students and employees are included. We are committed to identifying and overcoming systemic barriers that impede individuals from underrepresented groups. We are ready to work together to ensure Lethbridge College is a place where all individuals feel valued for their unique perspectives, skills, and contributions and are afforded equal opportunities to participate in learning, research, and innovation.Job Duties
- Internal newsletter/communications
Lethbridge College has a lively, well-read, twice-weekly internal newsletter, Connections. The Communications Specialist will be responsible for the reporting, writing and distributing the newsletter to all employees. This includes gathering news, writing features and profiles, editing submissions, creating polls and surveys, and more.
- Employee engagement
The person in this position will provide key writing and communications support to college-wide committees focused on internal issues. This could include supporting key priorities and initiatives such as Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; the Niitsitapi Strategy; and the LC Cares: Stronger Together health and wellness strategy.
This person will join the Communications team's stable of writers capable of drafting speeches, key messages and other strategic communications. There will also be opportunities to take on writing assignments for Wider Horizons magazine and to support the messaging of different internal departments.
- Web/social media
The Communications Specialist may be asked to draft content for the college's website and other digital communication platforms, particularly the college's employee-only intranet. Experience with SharePoint communications sites is an asset.
- Stretch assignments
The Communications Specialist will have an opportunity to contribute to crisis communications and response, to learn new communications skills and to be creative and innovative in support of institutional goals and culture. This is an opportunity to grow as a communications professional in a highly supportive environment.Required Qualifications
- The minimum formal training or educational level required to perform the duties of this position is a two-year college diploma in public relations, communications or journalism; additional education (university degree or other professional training and education) is desirable.
- Experience writing compelling messages that led to measurable results.
- A proven background of establishing effective communications processes and delivering effective communications to key audiences. Preferred Qualifications
- Communications work experience in a post-secondary setting or understanding of post-secondary issues and environment is desirable.
- Experience with Office 365 collaborative tools, project planning software, Photoshop and photography/videography skills would be assets.