*This is a 12 month term position. *
The Communications Officer is primarily responsible for content development (writing/creative concept) of various internal and external communication materials that support the objectives of the institution and its stakeholders. This position will oversee the coordination and delivery of communications and marketing support for major institutional initiatives and selected portfolios, as assigned by the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. The position will also deliver internal communication support, media relations support, and take on special projects as requested by the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications.
- Researches, writes and edits news releases, speeches, articles, web content and other promotional materials aimed at various internal and external audiences.
- Provides communication management, coordination, advice and writing assistance to departments for various materials.
- Summarizes complex research and use a variety of communication platforms to inform a large audience.
- Implements and manages promotional activities in support of departmental and stakeholder priorities.
- Provides social media support and manages online advertising campaigns.
- Consults with internal clients and make recommendations on marketing ideas, execution and budget allocations.
- Develops program area/institutional marketing plans with the Executive Director, and implements associated activities.
- Develops and implements communication strategies for events and institutional priorities.
- Coordinates special assignments and contributes to special projects, including photo shoots and media events.
- Coordinates contact with external vendors and addresses incoming advertising inquiries.
- Works with the Executive Director to develop and implement communication strategies for activities intended to enhance and promote intra-organizational communication.
- Responds to media inquiries on various topics in a timely fashion.
- Undergraduate degree in English, Journalism, or Marketing and Communications.
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in a professional writing or content creation capacity (journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations).
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in marketing coordination, role with exposure to public communications.
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in a sales/marketing role with a customer service focus.
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in a role with project management function is an asset.
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in a post-secondary or education setting is an asset.
- Exceptional demonstrated writing and grammar skills.
- Strong understanding of branding design, and communications best practices as they relate to marketing.
- Good working knowledge of MS Office Suite, web content management applications, photo editing.
- Working knowledge of mainstream social media platforms.
- Good working knowledge of layout, design and printing best practices.
- Strong verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work respectfully and tactfully with a variety of stakeholders, ranging from departmental associates to senior executives.
- Ability to work both independently and also cooperatively in a team-orientated environment.
- Ability to make sound decisions within the scope of departmental policies, institutional values and direction from the supervisor.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously is required.
- Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
OR Equivalent combination of education, experience, skills and knowledge and abilities will be considered.
The Collective Agreement between The University of Winnipeg and The Association of Employees Supporting Education Services (AESES), Clause 6.3, Selection for Vacancy, states: The Employer agrees that Employees with seniority shall have preference in connection with appointments so far as it is practicable to do so, provided that their qualifications are relatively equal.
The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, first preference must be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.