University of Alberta

Director of Communications

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Competition No.  -    A108435849
Closing Date  -    Jun 25, 2018

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) is an extraordinary group of people doing essential teaching, research and community engagement which impacts Alberta, Canada and the world. We are looking for someone to help us tell our stories. We know that such story telling will require creativity, insight and new approaches. Reporting to the Dean, the Director of Communications works with the senior leadership team, faculty, staff, and our community in order to ensure communications align with strategic priorities of ALES, and University of Alberta while building of strong supportive relationships between the Faculty and its worldwide community of stakeholders. This includes: dissemation of communications supporting faculty strategic priorities; facilitation (and generation as required) of the Faculty’s storytelling efforts; media relations; marketing activities, including Faculty promotions and alumni communications.  The incumbent will also serve as liaison, and ensure ALES representation in various communication working groups within the University of Alberta.

The Director is responsible for the refinement and implementation of marketing and communication plans and strategies that increase public awareness of the Faculty’s accomplishments.  The incumbent will provide support to the Dean in respect of issues management as matters arise.  The Director will provide leadership and act as resource to other units within the Faculty on strategic internal/external marketing, recruitment efforts and communications issues, including assisting Departments with communication activities as approved.   The Director will reinforce the public face of the Faculty in order to enhance its core activities and build cases for support.  The Director will also support the communications for the Dean, Vice Dean and other members of the senior administrative teams as required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leadership and Management - Provides leadership, strategic advice and communications expertise to initiatives of ALES.
  • Directing Strategic Communications and Marketing activities - Works collaboratively with the ALES leadership in the development, monitoring, and implementation of the ALES communication strategic business plan.  
  • Manages ALES Publications -Manages production of a variety of ALES publications (both print and electronic)
  • Leadership of Media 
    Relations and Issues Management

Ideal Candidates will have :

  • Post-Secondary Degree, with a preference for a graduate degree in Communications
  • Leadership and supervisory skills
  • Integrity and an ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Project and resource management skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Professional expertise in the selection and provision of text, photography, and visual design to bring together these diverse elements to yield a publication reflecting the nature and quality of the University of Alberta and ALES
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing programs
  • Good understanding of electronic communications technology, including web design and extensive knowledge of print production
  • Awareness of issues throughout the University and in higher education in general
  • Ability to work in an academic environment
  • Ability to understand research and to be able to translate it into appropriate, understandable terms for the media and the public
  • Ability to develop good relationships with local and national media and a creative ability to "sell" story ideas

In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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.