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Strategic Communications Officer

University of Victoria

Job Description

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

University Communications + Marketing (UC+M) within the Division and External Relations, provides strategic leadership and tactical support to assist UVic to realize its vision of being a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty and staff from BC, Canada and around the globe; strengthen its position among the best universities in Canada and the world; and achieve recognition for UVic’s significant contributions toward the betterment of global society.

The department leads the development and promotion of a consistent institutional narrative, a compelling and strategic long-term positioning for UVic, and an institutional communications and marketing plan to help achieve UVic’s objectives with key internal and external audiences including prospective and current students, faculty and staff, alumni and donors, community and industry partners, funding agencies and government decision makers among others.

With the direct guidance of the university’s Executive Council, the department works with academic and administrative units as partners, to make the most effective use of university resources to advance unit and institutional priorities.
Communications + Marketing is organized into highly collaborative teams arranged around its main areas of responsibility: Media Relations and Research Communications, Stakeholder Communications, Strategic Marketing, Internet Strategies, Creative Development, Internal Communications, Digital Media, and Administrative Support.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Media Relations and Research Communications, the Strategic Communications Officer works as an integral member of UC+M to position the university’s academic and institutional units, with an emphasis on strategic communications and content development.

The officer will play a key role with responsibility for:
  • developing strategic communication plans with analysis and specified deliverables on a variety of projects at the unit and institutional level;
  • producing content relevant to target audiences, and consistent with institutional and unit goals, including feature articles, web content and other digital assets; and
  • coordinating with other UC+M teams with respect to strategic content planning and development, project scheduling and review processes, consultations, creative development and coordination.
This position works collaboratively within the Division of External Relations and with unit leaders and their designates, faculty communications officers, photographers, videographers and web developers/strategists.


An undergraduate degree in communications, writing or a related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in a communications role (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Preference may be given for work experience at a post-secondary institution.

Experience requirements:
  • A successful track record of effective strategic communication planning
  • Superior interview, writing and editing skills
  • Experience in creating content in multiple formats including writing in a digital first environment
  • Experience in a consultative/advising role
  • Experience working in a large complex environment with a wide variety of stakeholders
Knowledge requirements:
  • Strategic communications planning with critical analysis and key message development
  • Project management
  • Use of social media platforms for strategic goals and outcomes
  • Proficiency in collaborative software programs for team projects
Competency requirements:
  • Focus on quality - demonstrated personal effectiveness to take personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.
  • Develop partnerships-  promote collaboration, partnership and cross-organizational activities that share knowledge and pool resources to get things done
  • Make informed decisions - think critically and creatively about issues and opportunities, and present options to support strategic risk taking and innovation.
  • Invite diverse perspectives - consider diverse viewpoints to ensure rich and thoughtful discussion of issues leading to stronger decision-making
  • Remain agile - adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.

How To Apply

For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the University of Victoria Human Resources ( and refer to posting 992719.3

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.
  • Read our full equity statement here:

    Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at [email protected] Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
Additional Information: 992719-UCAM-2021-JD-StrategicCommunicationsOfficer-SG11
Contact For This Position
Jennifer Kwan
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria BC V8P 2Y2

[email protected]

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Job Location
Victoria BC
Job Level & Type
Intermediate Level
$50,000 - $74,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
April 19, 2021
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