Communications Officer

Job description

Communications Officer

Date Posted: 02/01/2021
Req ID: 2693
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: ARTSC: Ofc of the Dean
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:
The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Your opportunity:
Communications & Public Affairs develops communication plans and strategiesto support the strategic goals of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Amazing things happen here every day and we love to tell the stories about thestrengths and achievements of our community. We promote the Faculty’s reputation and support internal communications via internal and external media. Our areas of focus include news and media relations, marketing and design, digital content management and communications planning and output that responds to the needs of our diverse audiences including students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. Communications leadership and support is also provided for initiatives arising out of the various administrative units within theDean’s Office.

The Communication Officer will be responsible for the design and development of communications materials, marketing and outreach efforts of the department to increase the profile and reputation of the Faculty, nationally andinternationally to attract prospective students, and to improve the overall experience for current and prospective students. Specifically, the incumbent develops and coordinates execution of targeted communications plans, and develops and distributes promotional material in both web and print formats including for awareness campaigns and information sessions, special events and general information and activities throughout all stages of the student life cycle. With a focus on engaging students to tell their stories and share their authentic experiences, the incumbent demonstrates a passion for interviewing, writing and storytelling that informs audiences and advances the profile of the Faculty.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing tasks related to the production and dissemination of communications/marketing materials
  • Implementing plans and process improvements for content generation activities
  • Writing and editing copy and content to advance communications objectives
  • Liaising with departmental staff to support effective content/story development
  • Editing content for brochures, newsletters, websites and/or handbooks
  • Developing content for marketing and/or promotional materials

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum four years of recent and related experience in communications, journalism, or marketing
  • Demonstrated experience with communications project implementation and coordination through to execution and results
  • Experience with interviewing, researching and writing articles (feature and news), reports, letters, and promotional and public relations material (websites, brochures, posters, advertisements, newsletters, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with WordPress and Drupal or other current content management software (CMS)
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of social and multimedia strategies, tools, channels, trends, and capabilities
  • Experience managing content for websites, and newsletters
  • Experience with developing and managing digital marketing
  • Experience working with technical consultants and graphic designers to create effective and engaging materials
  • Experience with programming in HTML, CSS, and PHP
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Project implementation skills and knowledge about the principles of good design and how to assess audience needs
  • Exceptional proofreading and editing skills with working knowledge of graphic design principles for web and print communication

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Organized
  • Self-directed
  • Team player

This is a term appointment until August 20, 2021.

Closing Date: 02/26/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $65,669 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $83,978. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Communication/Media/Public Relations
Recruiter: Carol Kayitaba

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 2/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time