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Assistant Director, Member and Public Relations

Universities Canada

Job Description

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.

How To Apply

We are working remotely during COVID-19 and our office at 350 Albert Street (complete with gym membership, easy access to Parliament Hill and all that downtown has to offer) will remain closed until March 2021 or beyond. We offer a rewarding mission and an engaged and supportive culture. We offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, group insurance and scholarships for employees’ children. The hiring salary range for this position is from $91,313 to $104,956 commensurate with experience.

Though we cannot wait to meet our new teammate in person, we can offer a robust and welcoming virtual onboarding experience in the meantime!
Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by November 30, 2020. Email address:

Universities Canada is a tier-one, national advocacy organization and a National Capital Region’s top employer. We represent the presidents of Canada’s universities—from Memorial to UBC.

To learn more about us, visit us at or find us on social media.
Twitter: @univcan
Insta: univcanada

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

Universities Canada promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Universities Canada provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.
Contact For This Position
Lyne Millette
Universities Canada
1710-350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1R 1B1

Telephone: (613) 563-1236
Fax: (613) 563-9745

Company Website: View
Job Location
Ottawa ON
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Listing To Be Posted Until
December 20, 2020