Communications Officer

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Professional and Managerial Group

Communications Officer

Dean’s Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Hiring #: 2022-0255

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The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences is a dynamic and diverse college with a long history of commitment to hands-on learning, socially responsive research, local and global community engagement, and mobilization and exchange of knowledge. The College is one of the University’s founding colleges and traces its roots back to Macdonald Institute, founded in 1903 to educate young women in domestic sciences and thus improve the health and well-being of families and society. Today, the College’s vision is to be a leader in world-class, integrated scholarship that addresses critical, complex issues facing our world.

Reporting to the Manager of Marketing and Communications, the Communications Officer will support the Marketing and Communications department’s goals and objectives, which in turn will advance the college’s strategic priorities. This will be achieved by developing persuasive communications and marketing messages appropriate and consistent for the various college audiences.  The Officer will possess a versatile skillset and be adept in multiple avenues of marketing and communications, including but not limited to, written communication, digital and social media, video and photography, email communications, printed publications, media relations and events promotions.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the development and execution of the creative direction and visual branding strategies for the College
  • Utilizing strong storytelling, photography, video and digital media skills to engage internal and external audiences
  • Providing direction and initiative in the production of print materials, social media, digital marketing, and information visualization
  • As a lead developer in the college social media and web page assets, the officer is responsible for crafting engaging content such as social media posts, news articles, featured stories and event promotion
  • Write content for key communications initiatives including news release, impact reports, newsletters, videos, scripts/speaking points, and brochures as required
  • Assist in the planning, promoting and executing events including serving as an event day media liaison
  • Other duties as assigned. Some evenings and weekend work is required.

Requirements of this position include:

  • University degree or college diploma in Marketing and Communications or a related field along with three (3) to five (5) years prior experience in marketing and communications or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Persuasive Communication skills required such as strong presentation and interpersonal skills; required to solicit support from various internal and external groups for communications and marketing activities; diplomacy and negotiation skills; ability to effectively manage external relationships including suppliers and partners.
  • Experience with editing and managing creative design and productions processes for development and delivery of print and multi-media communications.
  • Understanding the use of various media sources including social media, web, digital signage and traditional print mediums to communicate.
  • Demonstrate excellence in oral and written communication, with experience in researching and writing articles; within a social science, health and wellness context preferred.
  • Creative – Experience in graphic design software applications, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat)
  • Creative - Experience in videography and photography as well as knowledge and experience in video production software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
  • Experience in public relation and dealing with the media.
  • Familiar with content management software, such as Drupal, as well as social media marketing platforms (Hootsuite, Falcon).
  • Knowledge of website development and HTML/Web authoring packages
  • Intermediate level of knowledge in using Microsoft Office applications
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a high-paced environment.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of design and marketing trends, best practices, and related software and hardware technologies

Position Number         250-045
Classification               P02*
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: 2022 06 15
Closing Date: 2022 06 29

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