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Posting Number: CPM-8323
Position Title: Manager, Communications
Department: Office of the President
Affiliation: CPM
Salary Grade: F
Hiring Salary Range: $76,792 - $86,391
Duration: Continuing Full-Time
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Manager, Communications is responsible for developing and implementing communications initiatives in support of the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor. She/he will ensure all presidential communications are consistent and reflect the university's wider strategic communications objectives of the University. The incumbent, while directly in the Office of the President, will have a close working relationship with Communications and Public Affairs.
Knowledge of the organization and workings of the University at a departmental and constituency level; knowledge of university policies and practices. Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style and punctuation; thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines. Solid understanding of modern communication principles practices and tools. Knowledge of French would be an asset.
University Degree in English or communications preferred.
6-8 years' recent experience in a senior communications position including related work experience in researching and writing reports, correspondence and speeches and organizing projects in a post-secondary or government environment.
This position requires an individual with a unique skill set. Most importantly, the incumbent must have superior writing, grammar and editing skills to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies: skills include active listening to capture pertinent information, thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences, while ensuring adherence to the University messages. Must have the ability to write in character to reflect tone, manner, voice and attitude. The incumbent must have the ability to research, analyze and understand complex material and from that material write for specific audiences (e.g. speeches, briefing notes, web site articles). He/she must be able to demonstrate a range of writing styles from the spoken word to long copy assignments, both of which must be capable of conveying information in an accurate, thoughtful and interesting manner. The Manager, Communications must be a strategic thinker who is able to see the big picture, and understand the inter-connections of various initiatives. At the same time, must be results and action oriented with the ability to adapt and willingness to roll up their sleeves to work in-depth with details and perform sometimes repetitive tasks. Strong attention to detail is an absolute necessity. The incumbent must be very thorough and have good project management skills. In addition, he/she must have proven ability in the following areas: working effectively in a team and multi-team environment; professional and positive demeanor, showing respect and diplomacy for others at all times, brings to the position outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines; excellent interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work effectively with senior personnel and external contacts. Advanced functional knowledge of computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Contribute, etc.) and their development in support of an executive level office. Must be committed to staying on top of emerging technologies and developing new strategies accordingly. Demonstrated ability to manage confidentiality at the highest level and proven ability to exercise sound judgment and initiative.
Additional Notes :
Must have a portfolio of writing samples to present at an interview.
Cover Letter Required: Yes
Internal Posting Date: March 12, 2013
Internal Application Deadline: Posted until filled
Extended Posting Date: March 12, 2013
Extended Application Deadline: Posted until filled
External Posting Date: March 12, 2013
External Application Deadline: Posted until filled

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