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Job description

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR, INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS (C4686)


Posted on: April 23, 2019
Deadline: May 6, 2019
Grade: 12

Note

This posting represents a temporary contract effective until December 21, 2021.

Scope

Reporting to the Director, Institutional Communications, and has a dotted line reporting relationship to the Director, Office of the Provost, the incumbent enhances the visibility of institutional projects emanating from the Office of the Provost and the academic sector of the university to both internal and external audiences. He/She provides technical expertise in communications and is actively involved in the promotion of key messages through social media outlets.

Primary responsibilities

  • Plan, develop and implement internal and external communications strategies to support institutional priority projects.
  • Liaise with specialized media through outreach, story pitching, and by handling and responding to media requests on timely topics; organize and coordinates media events in cooperation with UCS public affairs as required.
  • Prepare news releases and information for the media, and distributes information by hard copy or electronically; draft news briefs such as appointment notices, research awards and other items of general interest for distribution to external media.
  • Transmit information regarding the institutional priorities via social media networks, identify and engage with social media influencers.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise the communications aspects of events (within the institutional areas) that promote and enhance the University’s profile.
  • Provide strategic counsel in matters of communications and public relations; prepare and approve all required communications, such as speeches, press releases and other official priority-related communications; organize preparatory material for media interviews.
  • Respond in writing to requests for information about the priority areas from external sources, including members of the general public.
  • Write news stories and articles for Concordia’s NOW e-newsletter and other print and web publications.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, or a related field and two to four years of related experience in corporate communications or public relations.
  • Very good knowledge (Level 5) of spoken and written English, able to and write fluently and persuasively on sensitive and complex topics; good knowledge of spoken French (Level 4) - able to give and understand descriptions that may involve complicated details; able to support opinions.
  • Good knowledge (Intermediate Level) of Word (able to do mail merges), Excel (able to create graphics using data in spreadsheets and incorporate graphics into other programs), and PowerPoint (able to create templates) in a Windows environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; diplomacy, ability to work under pressure, take initiative, and to work independently, as well as within a team environment; patience and good judgment.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines; detail oriented.
  • Availability to work flexible hours, attend evening events and or weekend engagements.

Salary

$65,444.99 - $78,173.81 per annum

Union/Association

CUPEU

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by May 6, 2019. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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