Could you be our next strategic communications and member relations leader?
Universities Canada is seeking a dynamic leader and seasoned manager to join its team as the Assistant Director of Member and Public Relations. The successful candidate for this new position will oversee member relations and corporate communications, driving alignment between those functions and the organization’s strategic goals.
Reporting to the Director of Member and Public Relations, the successful candidate will lead a team of about 10 professionals and outside service providers to deliver corporate communications, member programming and events (virtual, hybrid and in-person) and translation services. The incumbent will work most closely with senior leaders, our arms-length, award winning University Affairs digital and print magazine, as well as peers in all departments of our approximately 80-person organization.
The teams that report into this position and their major activities include:
Corporate communications: proactive storytelling, thought leadership and national campaigns, brand management, advocacy communications, messaging, media relations, social media, internal communications, web and digital property management, analytics
Member programming: member engagement, new virtual leadership series, peer forums, advocacy dialogues, international relations events, twice yearly membership meetings, professional development for university presidents
Translation: championing the highest levels of quality communications in both official languages, ensuring the team delivers timely, quality documents, speeches, presentations, messages and other materials in English and French.
You will collaborate closely with the director on strategic matters including crisis communications, issues management, management of the national network of university Directors of Communication, and will cultivate relationships with people and organizations within the Canadian postsecondary education ecosystem that are key to our ongoing success.
The ideal person for this role is:
a strategic, politically savvy, bilingual communications and stakeholder relations leader with 7+ years of success leading diverse teams
a seasoned and inspirational coach who can manage people, projects and budgets in changing and sometimes complex circumstances (like, for example, during COVID-19)
forthright and can easily translate ideas and strategies into concrete plans and action to achieve desired outcomes, handling performance and other issues adeptly as they arise
diplomatic in responding to internal and external clients and audiences, while protecting space for strategic, proactive initiatives that best serve the organization’s mission.
Knowledge of the Canadian media landscape and policy-making environment and postsecondary education would be a great asset in this role.