Director, Advancement Communications
Office of the Dean, Arts and Science
 St. George (downtown Toronto)   
7h ago


The Arts and Science Communications Office at the University of Toronto is responsible for bringing awareness to the Faculty’s key audiences, regarding the strengths and achievements of our faculty, students, and staff.

We achieve awareness by making certain that our diverse audience fully understands the information communicated, regardless of the media used.

This involves conveying key information in a professional, comprehensive manner.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs and functional accountability to the Executive Director, Advancement the Director Advancement Communications is responsible for the planning, creation and execution of all fundraising materials, faculty and departmental advancement collateral, and is part of the team that develops strategic fundraising plans for the Faculty of Arts & Science.

As a leader and a mentor, the Director manages a staff of high-calibre professionals and assumes overall responsibility for human resources, labour relations and financial management including dispute resolution and compliance of collective agreements.

The Director also oversees a large array of Advancement marketing and communication initiatives and projects. The Director actively participates in senior-

level decision-making and is responsible for liaising and working closely with senior administrators on Advancement related issues-

management communication ensuring appropriate consultation and process.

The Director provides guidance and advice to the Executive Director, Communications & Public Affairs and the Executive Director, Advancement on media and communications strategies for critical advancement and alumni issues and for advancing the Faculty’s profile and campaigns.

The Director oversees the development of a comprehensive strategic communications plan in support of the Faculty’s strategic Advancement priorities and ensure alignment with the Division of University Advancement (DUA) initiatives.

The Director consults broadly to develop strategies and provide guidance and advice to A&S administrators, faculty and staff on Advancement communications.


University degree in communications / public relations or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Graduate degree an asset.


A minimum of six to seven (6-7) years’ experience in advancement communication and marketing management with extensive experience in successfully managing complex projects and highly charged issues on behalf of a high-

profile institution. Demonstrated experience in leading and managing a team in a unionized environment. Strong record of collaborations and partnerships.

Experience in developing strategic advancement communication plans and products. Experience leading marketing and research initiatives.

Demonstrated experience in project management. Experience working in a highly complex organization and willingness to work across units and departments.


Outstanding writing and editing skills; excellent oral and presentation skills. Ability to deal professionally with tension and conflicts.

Outstanding communications judgment. Expert in-depth knowledge of advancement communications best practices and trends. Ability to make strategic communications decisions on behalf of the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Advancement team and the leadership of the Faculty.

Demonstrated creativity and ability to think strategically. Detail oriented to ensure accurate and reliable implementation of communication strategies.

Proficiency in computer applications. Understanding of social media and other platforms.


Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with donors, alumni, students, staff, colleagues, senior university administrators, colleagues, staff, and external contacts.

Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills. Supervisory skills and the ability to set priorities and foster a strong team environment.

Tact, diplomacy, judgment, and the ability to analyze and problem solve. The ability to work in and provide communication services for a very diverse Faculty.

Travel : NoneEmployee Group : Professional / ManagerialAppointment Type : Budget - Continuing


Full-timePay Scale Group and Hiring Rate : PM 4 Hiring Zone : $88,326 - $103,048 Broadband Salary Range : $88,326 - $147,210

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Jun 18, 2019, 11 : 59 : 00 PM

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