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University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Director, Strategic Communications

Job Description
Reporting to the Dean, the Director, Strategic Communications provides strategic and innovative communications advice, direction and planning to the senior administration of OISE and is responsible for ensuring the daily high functioning of the communications office. The Director, Strategic Communications advises the Dean and OISE’s senior administrators on communication strategies in relation to politically sensitive or highly charged issues and is responsible for ensuring that communications across OISE are consistent with the Institute’s overall communications strategy. With an in-depth knowledge of issues in education faced by academics, policy-makers, researchers and field-based practitioners, the Director prepares strategies and messages that will advance OISE’s reputation, develop stakeholder relations and positively influence public debate.

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) has, for more than a century, made a major contribution to advancing education, human development and professional practice around the world. With more than 72,000 alumni, close to 3,000 students, and 20 research centres, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity and social justice.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was also named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the 6th year in a row. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse cities, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic life is enhanced by the cultural diversity in its community.


I.              EDUCATION:

Master’s Degree in Education or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


II.             EXPERIENCE:

Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in strategic communications management. Demonstrated record of success in successfully managing complex and highly charged issues on behalf of a publicly visible organization. Demonstrated skills and experience in managing and leading staff in a unionized environment. Record of successful achievement in the development and implementation of proactive issues management strategies. Strong record of building close relations with media. Strong background in project management. Experience working in a complex university environment or similar environment. Must have experience working directly with government ministers, political leaders, board chairs.


III.            SKILLS:

In-depth knowledge of issues in education faced by academics, policy-makers, researchers and field-based practitioners. Outstanding writing and editing skills and verbal communication and presentation skills. Ability to deal professionally with tension and potential conflict to lead teams collaboratively through challenging issues or projects. Outstanding communications judgment. Ability to make well considered decisions on behalf of OISE and its leaders. A strong creative and strategic thinker. High level of professional and collegial demeanor. Detail oriented to ensure the accurate and reliable implementation of communications strategies. Proficiency in computer applications including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

A passion for and deep commitment to education and the aspirations of OISE.

A record and reputation for integrity, sensitivity to cultural diversity, openness, decisiveness and sound judgment as exercised in favorable and in more difficult circumstances. A creative and innovative thinker with the ability to identify and engage both internal and external stakeholders through a variety of mediums.

A respect for hierarchy coupled with an instinct for entrepreneurship within a large organization.
A demonstrated ability to continually reprioritize work on own behalf and on behalf of the department, in order to manage a wide and constantly changing variety of critical items simultaneously and confidently. Under these conditions, the ability to inspire confidence among both staff and more senior administrators.

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

Listing to be posted until:
Saturday, November 23, 2013