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The Communications Strategist develops, leads and implements communication plans and strategies for Arts units including storytelling, media relations, issues management, and the promotion of programs and services. Working with the Arts Communications Network Manager, this role supports Arts unit-level communications and develops effective relationships with unit level stakeholders including Heads and Directors, Administrators and embedded communicators.
- Supports the Arts Communications Network. Provides or facilitates training for Arts communicators. This includes workshops and training sessions, participating in hiring and onboarding, mentoring and providing constructive feedback.
- Functions as a communications resource for departments and service units, providing front-line tactical communications expertise, as required, and providing stakeholders and departmental communicators with recommendations and best practices.
- Meets regularly with unit-level communicators, Administrators and Heads/Directors to create proactive communications plans and ensure visibility into unit-level communications outputs. Identifies ways to support underserved Arts units.
- Generates campaigns, public relations, and marketing activities designed to raise the profile of the Faculty of Arts to faculty, students, researchers and community. Identifies and coordinates opportunities with other campus communicators to cross-promote the Faculty effectively across campus.
- Responsible for researching, writing, editing, and curating content and preparing communication plans, advertising copy, reports, articles, announcements, scripts and remarks and news releases. Consults with content providers and units within the Faculty on messages, audience, delivery and best practices for internal and external communications. Determines the appropriate communication channel and distribution of messages.
- Works with the Arts Communications leadership team to develop processes and set standards for communications across the Faculty. Creates and enforces internal communications processes between the Dean’s Office and Arts units.
- Plans and implements well-coordinated, effective communication and marketing plans and vehicles for Arts including the Dean’s Office and units across the Faculty. Drafts strategies and policies to ensure alignment on internal and external communication and marketing guidelines, shares best practices, and maintains UBC brand standards.
- Commitment to anti-racism and inclusive excellence, and ability to apply an intersectional anti-racist lens to communications projects.
- Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
- Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
- Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
- Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
- Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
- Models and demonstrates good interpersonal communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
- Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas.
- Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
- Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to exercise tact and discretion.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of graphic and web design principles required.
- Ability to use desktop publishing software at an intermediate level (Adobe Creative Suite – Adobe Photoshop and InDesign required) to develop effective marketing and communication materials.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
- Ability to adapt writing styles for various purposes, for different media requirements and for different audiences.
- Ability to effectively use email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software at an advanced level.
- Ability to conduct needs analysis, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources.
- Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
- Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
- Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
- Prior communications and marketing experience in developing and coordinating print and digital projects.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, deadline-driven, innovative environment with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Internal communications experience desired.
- Demonstrated experience working with social media tools in an organizational and/or corporate environment to engage audiences. Demonstrated experience using content management systems such as WordPress.
- Experience in creating and delivering messages in various platforms using tools such as video, podcasts, presentations and webcasts.
- Experience with assessing and analyzing data to make informed decisions. Familiarity with analytics programs for social media platforms is an asset.
Company: The University of British Columbia
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Vancouver, BC, USA
Application Deadline: N/A