Communications Manager

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Communications Manager

College of Biological Science

Hiring #: 2022-0807

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This position is responsible for managing communications activities on behalf of the Dean and Associate Deans, including key messaging and branding of the College of Biological Science (CBS).  The successful candidate will develop persuasive communications and marketing materials that align with the strategic priorities of the College.

The incumbent will develop a CBS communications plan that incorporates a broad range of communications, including media relations, content creation and management across a variety of internal and external communities.  The Communications Manager will establish strong relationships with internal constituents and will serve on a number of college and University-wide committees focused on communications and engagement. They will be responsible for the management and direction of communications across the college, including the academic units, frequently working with external stakeholders in challenging situations where agreement may be difficult to obtain.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day communications management, including the development, implementation and evaluation of communications initiatives
  • Developing internal and external communications
  • Providing communications expertise for various constituencies (faculty, staff, students, prospective students, alumni, donors, business communities etc.)
  • Managing social media channels with the goal of growing social following and engagement
  • Leading college standards and implementing University brand standards for publications, websites, and social media
  • Developing communications documents for marketing, student recruitment program guides, etc.
  • Providing strategic advice in relation to CBS communications
  • Managing communications-related initiatives and activities

The incumbent will manage all communications activities for the college including web development and guidance for departmental communications.  They will supervise a scientific illustrator working to ensure their skills are utilized effectively to advance the college needs. 

Requirements of the position include: an undergraduate degree in marketing, media studies, communications, public relations, journalism or a related discipline, plus a minimum of 3 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge of university academic programs, student support, and administrative systems. Demonstrated understanding and experience with university policies and procedures, and prior team management experience will be considered assets. 

Additional requirements include:

  • Experience with research knowledge translation
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Professionalism, diplomacy, judgment
  • Ability to reprioritize duties in response to the level of demand while maintaining a high quality of work
  • Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality with regards to sensitive matters
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in computer systems, particularly the use of Microsoft Office (including SharePoint), University email & calendaring, social media applications, Drupal or other website software, canva, Adobe suite, and Student Information Systems (ie. Colleague)

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a knowledge of science and scientific communications.

Position Number         158-058
Classification               P03
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

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: 2022 11 23
Closing Date: 2022 12 07