At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.
As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Communications Officer.
Working with the WLUFA leadership and staff, the Communications Officer (CO) will plan, develop and implement communication strategies across a variety of media platforms to communicate WLUFA’s vision, strategic directions, and key initiatives. The successful candidate will assist WLUFA with internal communications, external communications, and Member mobilization.
work with WLUFA leadership to identify communications needs, and plan and implement appropriate strategies which include research, content, monitoring media coverage, and media relations
plan, research, compose, edit, and assist in the production of communications in all areas of publication, including the WLUFA website
maintain and enhance an integrated social media presence for WLUFA
prepare media releases, newspaper articles, op-eds, and community outreach materials
produce member mobilization materials
provide communications support for WLUFA activities as needed
carry out other duties that may be assigned from time to time as the needs and/or circumstances of WLUFA change (such duties shall be discussed prior to assignment to ensure compatibility with workload and expertise)
report to the Executive Director
bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline
minimum of three years’ full-time work experience (or its equivalent) in communications, media relations, public affairs, and/or journalism
an understanding of and commitment to post-secondary education and trade unionism
excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, and preparing print and electronic publications
superior skills in the use of social media platforms (e.g. Twitter) and website management, and ideally experience in running one or more social media platforms for an organization or union
excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
strong organizational, problem-solving, time-management, and prioritizing skills in a multi-task environment
ideally experience in planning and implementing communication with creativity and imagination
Salary : starting at $32,000/year Salary Notes :
The CO will work 20 hours per week, normally scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work, due to occasional membership events requiring WLUFA representation.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The CO will receive full coverage for their choice of either extended health care or dental care with the option of purchasing membership in the other plan. This is a one-year contract with opportunity for renewal, pending performance and budgetary approval.
To Apply :
Applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample (press release or newsletter) and résumé to Sheila McKee-Protopapas, WLUFA Executive Director c/o email@example.com. The deadline for applications is December 20, 2017.
Please Note : This position is represented by CUPE local 1281.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.