Communications and Special Projects Manager

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Communications and Special Projects Manager

Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

Hiring #: 2020-0424

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Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Communications and Special Projects Manager (Manager) will support the President’s Office on a variety of strategic communications and key projects that advance the institutional priorities of the President’s Office and the University of Guelph.

The Manager works closely with the Chief of Staff to implement the priorities and objectives of the President’s Office. The Manager will use their senior-level research, writing and editing skills to develop key messages, briefing notes, special reports, speeches, presentations and digital content for the President. The Manager will also engage with Communications and Public Affairs to coordinate on internal and external communications.

The Manager will also advance of a wide range of strategic initiatives, projects, events and activities involving the President’s Office. This includes coordinating projects, supporting committees, tracking outcomes and attending both on and off-campus events. As projects and initiatives are often organizational in scope, the Manager will be responsible for managing activities within the Office of the President, in collaboration with other University departments, and with external stakeholders.

This role also supports a range of confidential and sensitive files and requires diplomacy, tact and discretion. The incumbent will use strong communication and relationship-building skills while engaging extensively with internal and external stakeholders. Success will be driven by an understanding of the University’s strategic priorities, organizational structure, policies and procedures.

Requirements of the position include:

  • University Degree in related field plus a minimum 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience anticipating the needs of executive level staff and ensuring priorities and logistics are met.
  • Experience creating and implementing project management plans including background research/analyses, scope, schedule, costing, quality measurements, resource allocation etc.
  • Demonstrated senior-level research, writing and editing skills.
  • Diplomacy, tact and discretion and the ability to engage others with a collaborative approach.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills are essential.
  • Ability to facilitate response to questions and/or communicate information.
  • Exceptional project and event management skills.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Experience in the public sector or higher education is considered a significant asset.

This appointment is regularly performed on- campus but will be initially fulfilled remotely (off-campus) until the University resumes its regular operations

Position Number 002-027
Classification P05*
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2021 01 04
Closing Date: 2021 01 15