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Queen's University

Director of Marketing & Communications

Job Description


Director of Marketing & Communications

Faculty of Law

A creative thinker with senior-level strategic communications experience and superior writing and editing abilities will find in this role an opportunity to drive and deliver consistently high-quality and well-targeted marketing and communications solutions that enhance the Faculty of Law’s image and reputation.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration, and working closely with the senior administration team, as well as faculty, staff and students, you will be responsible for the development, coordination, facilitation and execution of the Faculty’s strategic marketing and communications programs and activities. The position of Director of Marketing and Communications is a hands-on role with priority focus areas that include promoting program offerings to current and prospective students, enhancing the Faculty’s web presence and external research profile, leading internal communications, and supporting the development and implementation of revenue-generating programs.


Specifically, as Director of Marketing & Communications, you can expect to:

  • Develop and implement communications strategies and programs to enhance the Faculty's image and reputation, both nationally and internationally, in areas identified as strategically important.
  • Identify new marketing opportunities, and develop and implement marketing initiatives to build and strengthen the Faculty brand.
  • Manage the marketing and communications programs that support the strategic needs of the Faculty.
  • Provide expert advice to the Dean, faculty and staff on communications and marketing issues.
  • Work closely with Queen’s Media to increase the media profile of faculty members and bring newsworthy stories and initiatives to the attention of appropriate media contacts.
  • Oversee the development and management of all communication material, including print, electronic and web-based information.
  • Plan and implement strategies to introduce new technologies and media, including social media, to assist with internal operations and external outreach.
  • Liaise with Queen’s central and Faculty groups involved with marketing, communications and student recruitment, to ensure that the Faculty’s direction and message are aligned with the University’s vision, mission and goals.
  • Ensure that strategic communications emanating from the Faculty are timely, of high quality and compatible with the Visual Standards Program of the University.
  • Write or review and critique correspondence, reports, presentations, and other communications.
  • Source and manage outside communication and marketing consultants and service providers, and provide direction and guidance to individuals within the Faculty who have a direct impact on communications and marketing activities, e.g., web designers, newsletter editors and graphic designers.
  • Support strategic communications and marketing programs for Faculty advancement activities.
  • Represent the Faculty in University committees and working groups where a marketing and communications presence is desirable.
  • Prepare a communications and marketing budget annually for approval.
  • Plan, prioritize and manage the work of employees, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching, as well as identify the need for staff resources, participate on staffing committees, and make effective recommendations regarding employee selection. 
  • Manage performance by establishing performance standards, evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
  • Assess staff training and development needs, and ensure that employees receive the training required to improve and sustain successful performance. 
  • Investigate, address and resolve employee and labour relations issues, including making decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters.

Qualifications Required

You bring to the role of Director of Marketing & Communications an impressive profile that includes:

  • University degree in Business, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications or a related field.
  • At least 10 years’ progressive experience, including 5 to 7 years at a senior level in a strategic communications capacity.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Extensive knowledge of strategic planning processes and the ability to develop and write strategic communications plans.
  • Ability to meet all communications and marketing needs in a prioritized and strategic fashion.
  • Ability to recognize and understand complex issues and their implications on image and reputation.
  • Strong analytical research skills and the ability to strategically use information gleaned through market research to improve and enhance communications to target audiences in support of the Faculty brand.
  • Political acumen, tact and sensitivity to deal with potentially explosive topics or controversial issues.
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills, including superior writing and editing abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact and collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to deliver consistently high-quality solutions according to required timelines.
  • Ability to think creatively and use a non-prescriptive approach in marketing and communications initiatives.


For additional details on this continuing appointment, please visit our Human Resources website at

One of Canada’s leading universities, Queen’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, research and a diverse and vibrant learning environment. With its strong tradition of public service, the University has helped to shape Canadian values and policies, educating notable political and cultural figures.

Queen’s University is located in the heart of the community in historic Kingston, midpoint between Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the nation’s capital.

How to Apply

Candidates should send a letter of application and a resume, with the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the applicant’s consent), by Tuesday, April 22, 2014, quoting competition #2014-094, to The University thanks all who express an interest in this position and advises that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources Administration at

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Queen's University
Kingston ON


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Job Level & Type
  • Full Time Permanent Staff Position

Listing to be posted until:
Sunday, May 11, 2014