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York University

Advancement Communications Officer

Job Description

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 70,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

THE DIVISION OF ADVANCEMENT promotes York University’s teaching and research priorities by engaging our diverse community of alumni and friends to build long-term mutually-beneficial relationships and provide support to the university’s faculty and students.

The Division is comprised of three departments:

  • Advancement Services manages alumni and donor information and processes gifts to the University;
  • Alumni Relations provides programs and services to over 240,000 York alumni worldwide;
  • Development leads efforts to promote and secure philanthropic support from alumni, donors, parents and friends;

This is an exciting time to be at York. The highly successful York to the Power of 50 fundraising campaign was generously supported by more than 30,000 alumni, donors and friends, allowing the University to undertake a wide variety of new projects. Taking an integrated approach, the Division of Advancement is building on this success to enhance York’s engagement with our many communities. Together with our partners across the University, we will enable York to become a leading research university in the 21st century.

Purpose: Working in consultation with the Manager Advancement Communications and staff within Division of Advancement, the incumbent writes, produces and disseminates communications materials for the Division of Advancement in order to encourage an environment of positive alumni and donor relations within the University and to engage the University's growing community of alumni and donors, fostering a growing level of alumni and donor engagement with, and support for the University.


Education: Diploma in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Business, or Digital Communications. Knowledge of fundraising professional standards and ethics is an asset.

Experience: Three (3) years in the Communications field including: writing documents such as publications, articles, producing digital and print communications pieces, producing multimedia communications (photographs, podcasts, social networking technologies).

Skills: Demonstrated skills including: Ability to write, edit and proofread at an advanced level in the English language, impeccable accuracy in grammar, spelling and content verification, excellent research and interview skills, excellent oral communication skills, ability to write and edit a broad range of communications and marketing pieces for publication, tact, courtesy and discretion essential, basic videography skills and ability to use digital SLR camera, ability to work effectively under pressure of high volume and daily deadlines, ability to handle diverse communications assignments, ability to work independently and exercise good judgment, ability to develop compelling communication pieces for a wide variety of audiences.
Demonstrated computer skills including: Advanced desktop publishing (QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign), advanced photo editing (Adobe Photoshop), advanced web design (HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Wordpress) , advanced word processing (MS Word), advanced presentation software (MS PowerPoint), advanced email service providers (Mail Chimp, Exact Target, Campaign Monitor), intermediate Google Analytics, intermediate spreadsheets (MS Excel), intermediate project management software (MS Project), beginner database, beginner video editing (Final Cut Pro).

How to Apply

To apply to this exciting opportunity and for full position details, salary information, qualifications and application procedures we invite you to visit our career page at

Please email a complete application package, which includes an application form, covering letter and resume, and quote Posting Number 8270 in the subject of the email to

Thank you for your interest in York University. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.


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Job Level & Type
  • Intermediate Level
  • Full Time Permanent Staff Position

Listing to be posted until:
Monday, June 24, 2013