The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent for full-time faculty, contract faculty and full- and part-time professional librarians at Wilfrid Laurier University. Overseen by an elected executive committee, and supported by a small administrative team, WLUFA represents the interests of over 1400 Members located across four locations: Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford and Milton. In representing this diverse membership, WLUFA is committed to fostering equity for members of equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, and from other racialized groups. WLUFA commits to providing leadership that opposes systemic discrimination, removes barriers, and encourages inclusivity by promoting equity within its own work and governance structures, as well as holding Laurier accountable through advocacy. With offices located on the Haldimand tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, WLUFA is working with Laurier’s Indigenous Faculty Advisory Council to advocate for real recognition of Indigenous knowledge in the academy, including increasing the number of Indigenous full-time faculty at Laurier.
To support its various priorities, WLUFA is looking to add a Communications Officer to its administrative team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that engages and mobilizes WLUFA Members and extends WLUFA’s profile within and outside the University. The Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and maintaining WLUFA’s social media presence, website and overall profile. Working with the WLUFA Executive and its Committees, the Communications Officer will also be called upon to write copy for a full range of communication outputs. In the upcoming year, the Communications Officer will work with the WLUFA Diversity and Equity Committee to support and mobilize around provincial and national equity campaigns and will work with WLUFA’s executive committee to support the communications required to better understand the diversity and needs of WLUFA Members.
The Communications Officer will be expected to:
- Further WLUFA’s efforts to embrace the principles of Indigeneity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, especially in relation to its communication strategies.
- Embed equitable and accessible practices including ensuring communication plans and platforms are compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- Play a lead advisory role in the management of communication strategies regarding emerging issues.
- Provide updates and insight on the activities of WLUFA, OCUFA, CAUT and other Faculty Associations, with particular emphasis on member mobilization.
- Write and/or manage the writing of media releases, newsletter articles, op-eds, internal communications and community outreach materials.
- Work with other WLUFA staff to manage the preparation and distribution of documents including newsletters, pamphlets, bulletins and handbooks.
- Work with all of WLUFA’s Committees to ensure the dissemination of their work to Members and external stakeholders.
- 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).
Experience and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following key competencies and personal attributes:
- Evidence of amplifying the voices of equity-deserving groups, especially the voices of Indigenous and Black peoples
- An understanding of AODA and other accessibility considerations for both web and print communications
- Preferably, a bachelor’s degree or diploma in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline
- A minimum of three years’ full-time work experience (or its equivalent) in communications, community and/or labour organizing, post-secondary education, media relations, public affairs, and/or journalism
- An understanding of and commitment to post-secondary education and trade unionism
- Excellent written and technical communication skills, including proficiency in MS word, PowerPoint, and preparing print and electronic publications
- Proven success in the use of social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) and website design and 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 strategies with creativity and imagination
Position Grade: Grade 7
Rate of Pay: $32.33-$38.03/hour (July 1, 2021 rates)
Hours of Work: The Communications Officer 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.
Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of WLUFA’s core values. WLUFA is committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and welcomes, in particular, applications from candidates who identify as members of the BIPOC community. 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. Contact information can be found at careers.wlu.ca/content/How-to-Apply-/
Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit www.wlu.ca/careers for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a résumé, cover letter and a sample of your work will be required in electronic form.