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Communications Advisor, Department of Marketing & Communications, Haskayne School of Business

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Job ID: 13810

Updated: October 25, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Marketing & Communications in the Haskayne School of Business is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Communications Advisor.

The Communications Advisor assists in the development of both long and short-term strategies to raise the profile of the Haskayne School of Business. The Advisor creates internal and external communications, which include print and digital materials as well as social media posts. The incumbent proactively promotes school events and the success stories of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Advisor is a proactive leader and makes decisions and/or recommendations which may have significant impact on the public profile of the Haskayne School of Business and the University. The incumbent is responsible for managing various projects and writing communication pieces across a broad range of focus areas and target audiences. This position is required to meet multiple, simultaneous deadlines throughout the year and requires management of competing interests with satisfactory outcomes for all stakeholders involved.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Effectively manages projects on time, on budget and aligned with Haskayne's strategic communication goals
  • Effective multi-tasking skills are used to juggle and prioritize multiple projects
  • Results oriented. Takes initiative to identify areas for improvement and potential solutions


  • Develops high-quality, communication materials with timely, relevant, accurate and creative content
  • Utilizes various communication tools comfortably and effectively. Targets content appropriately to the many different audiences.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in written formats


  • Proactively develops and maintains excellent relationships with team members, staff, suppliers, students and other target audiences as required
  • Develops and implements an effective and focused communications plan with a variety of initiatives to promote and raise the profile of the School
  • Develops and writes quality and timely communication materials, both print and online
  • Researches and writes news stories  and submits to various university publications
  • Builds and maintains excellent working relationships with stakeholders on and off campus
  • Maintains presentation materials and communications displays throughout the building
  • Oversees the production, printing, and delivery of publications in conjunction with the Graphic Designer

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Related university degree and a minimum of five years of experience in the communications, public relations and/or journalism fields with an emphasis on creating, writing and editing internal/external communications
  • Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated ability to write, edit and proofread at an advanced level in the English language with impeccable accuracy in grammar, spelling and content verification
  • Expertise in creating compelling communication pieces for a wide variety of internal and external audiences using multiple communication vehicles. Communications experience in a large complex organization is a strong asset.
  • Excellent research and interview skills
  • Proficiency in writing full stories, converting written articles into various formats as well as expertise in copywriting for brochures and annual reports
  • Excellent oral communication skills and ability to handle diverse communications assignments with tact, courtesy and discretion
  • Basic videography skills and ability to use digital SLR camera and multimedia communications (photographs, podcasts, social networking technologies) is an asset
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Knowledge of post-secondary educational issues is an asset
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment and decision making
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels, and with design, communications and printing services required
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines while managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with constantly shifting priorities
  • Strong attention to detail

Application Deadline:  September 22, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Haskayne School of Business, visit Careers in the Haskayne School of Business.

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