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Director of Communications

Sheridan College

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Director of Communications is responsible for providing professional, confidential and expert advice regarding communication policy, planning and strategic positioning of the College to advance Sheridan’s profile and image and sustain its reputation for excellence. The Director manages eight full time staff at Sheridan.

Who We Are:

At Sheridan, we are passionate about the transformational role we play in people’s lives.  Our graduates enjoy a well-deserved reputation for their ability to succeed in the workplace from day one. This is a testament to Sheridan's dedicated and caring faculty and staff, who have strong ties to industry and ensure our students have hands-on learning experiences and the best possible preparation for their future careers. We're building a new, ground-breaking model of higher education — one that prepares graduates with the hard and soft skills to navigate change in a complex world.  As a member of the Sheridan community, you will have the opportunity to shape our teaching and learning experience and help prepare the future leaders of tomorrow.
For more information, visit: Why Work at Sheridan

What You’ll be Doing

The Director develops and implements a comprehensive communications and public relations plan for Sheridan that encompasses strategies for social media, earned media, issues management, owned media (institutional blog and intranet), public relations events, internal communications for employees, employee experts and ambassadors, and executive communications.  
This position works consistently and collaboratively with the Director, Marketing & Brand Strategy to ensure alignment between Marketing and Communications goals to promote Sheridan’s stories, differentiators and value proposition to its many target audiences. The Director develops strong and collaborative relationships with, and provides support for, internal and external constituencies to support pan-institutional initiatives and fulfil the mandate and business objectives of the Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing division.
Effective communication strategy development, planning and implementation is essential as Sheridan continues to forge a leadership position in Canadian post-secondary education.   With the decline in government funding and an increasing emphasis on performance-based government support, the provision of proactive, timely, accurate and astute information, and the ability to distinguish and differentiate Sheridan, is critical to creating the success conditions that attract students, employees, donors, and industry partners.

About You
The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a 4-year degree in Public Relations, Communications, English, Liberal Arts, Journalism or a related field including completed course work and/or certifications in corporate communications or technical writing along with 9 years strategic and innovative communications leadership experience and proven expertise in all areas of corporate communications. (Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience).  


Sheridan is deeply committed to promoting diversity, advancing equity and fostering a culture of inclusion. Therefore, we invite applications from marginalized and equity-seeking groups, particularly members of BIPOC communities.  Persons with a disability may contact the Human Resources department to request accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process.

You may be asked to provide copies of your educational credentials at the time of interview. Upon hire, we require official confirmation of educational credentials and Canadian equivalency assessments, if applicable.


Desired Designations and Certifications include:

  • APR – Accredited in Public Relations, through the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), or CMP through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is desired
  • Master’s degree in related field 
  • Training in Accessibility (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) 
  • Understanding of privacy, freedom of information and communication laws
  • Incident Management Systems Response training

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong, strategic and innovative communications leadership experience and proven expertise in all areas of corporate communications
  • Demonstrated success achieving results in a complex, often ambiguous or reactionary environment
  • Strategic skills demonstrated through the development and implementation of senior level policies and communication campaign plans
  • Experience fueling organizational culture change through internal communications
  • Strong credentials and experience in media relations, including the ability to gain visibility and prominence with local, national and international media, manage issues, and serve as an institutional spokesperson
  • Extensive knowledge of communications theory 
  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively on a wide array of subjects, in a wide variety of writing styles, for a wide variety of media and audience types
  • Ability to manage a team of high performing individuals

How To Apply

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Contact For This Position
Natalie Pierre
Sheridan College
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 2L1

Telephone: (905) 845-9430

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Job Location
Oakville ON
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
$100,000 - $149,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
October 03, 2020
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