The Communications Specialist develops, executes, and measures strategic external and internal communication materials to achieve department and University goals.
The Communications Specialist researches, writes, and edits stories and visual content (including photos) for projects including: news releases, web articles, feature stories, marketing collateral, web pages, photo essays, social media, magazines, internal communication materials, and video/multimedia scripts.
The incumbent works with Communications team members, contacts throughout the University, and UFV community partners to develop, publish, and measure the effectiveness of, communications materials and projects. In addition, the Communication Specialist acts as a liaison between the organization, the public, and the media to maintain the integrity and reputation of the university.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, visual arts, photojournalism, or a related field from a recognized institution.
- Superior photographic, verbal, and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships by exercising tact and diplomacy while maintaining the highest levels of customer service and professionalism.
- Interpersonal and research skills: ability to interview people and draw out their stories, to sift through detailed and complex information and make it understandable and compelling for a general audience, and to deal with sensitive issues.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and effectively handle changing priorities.
- Ability to write and produce photo content quickly in a professional setting, consistently adhere to defined style guidelines and edit others’ work to fit same and build quality content based on a thorough understanding of language, grammar, and composition.
- Ability to convey stories in different writing genres: i.e., “soft” and “hard” news, marketing, technical, web, scientific and other forms of writing.
- Understanding of and publishing experience with web-based content management systems.
- Familiarity and experience with social media.
- Functional aptitude with graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Lightroom, and Photoshop.
- Photography skills desired.
- Issues management, crisis communications and speechwriting experience would be assets.
- Knowledge of post-secondary organization and structure is preferred.
The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lo Tém:éxw (Stó:lo Land; Stó:lo World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lo peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.
UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.
Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the survey may be directed to email@example.com. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials.
UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.