Communications Officer – Temporary Full Time

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Simon Fraser University
June 5, 2023
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, Canada
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Simon Fraser University is looking for a Communications professional for an 18-month temporary position.


About the Role

The Communication Officer supports the tactical and strategic needs of both Safety and Risk Management (SRS) and IT Services (ITS) portfolios across all three SFU campuses. In alignment with university priorities and the vision and goals of both SRS and ITS as well as the Vice-President of Finance and Administration (VPFA), the Communications Officer develops and implements strategic communications and marketing initiatives to deliver effective, timely, informative and meaningful communications for both internal and external audiences. The role works as part of  the VPFA Communications and Marketing team as an advisor to both SRS and ITS portfolios as well as a liaison with SFU Communications and Marketing.


What You Bring

As the ideal candidate, you will bring your "A game" as an experienced Communications strategist with a proven track record of delivering success leading large, high-profile initiatives involving multiple partners. You are a pro at communicating complex subject matter in an environment where dealing with sensitive information and fostering critical relationships is key. You are a consummate team player, rolling up your sleeves to support your team and leaders when needed, living your values and contributing to a great work culture in the process.



Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or a relevant discipline and four years of related experience in developing communications strategies or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Excellent knowledge of strategic communications, brand and marketing theory practice.
  • Ability to develop, measure and refine communications and marketing campaigns in support of portfolio, VPFA and institutional priorities.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.

Full Job Description 


Who We Are

Serving students, staff, faculty and our wider community across all three SFU campuses, the VPFA (Vice President Finance and Administration) leads and develops foundational support services to help achieve SFU’s academic, research and community engagement missions. We deliver SFU’s day-to-day operational and administrative needs through the work of Ancillary Services; Facilities Services; Finance; IT Services; and Safety & Risk Services. We collaboratively, respectfully and inclusively engage and work with our community partners to meet the needs of and make a difference in the everyday lives of the people we serve, in addition to creating a vibrant work culture of learning and growth for our over 600 staff.


What We Offer

At SFU, our goal is to ensure our people are valued and supported by promoting a healthy work-life balance, professional growth and development, as well as a safe and respectful workplace. We offer temporary employees who belong in the Administrative & Professional Staff Association (APSA):

  • 8 per cent vacation pay
  • Employer paid extended health & dental plans
  • Professional development funds (minimum contract period of 1 year)
  • Hybrid-work program for eligible positions

Additional Information

The assignment end date is Jan 31, 2025.

Please include your cover letter and resume in one attachment.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values for Simon Fraser University. SFU encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require any assistance or accommodations, please contact


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