Workplace Engagement & Communications Specialist

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Are you an experienced Workplace Engagement & Communications Specialist looking to grow your career with a world-class institution? If so, we would love to hear from you. Consistently ranked as one of B.C.’s top employers, The University of British Columbia offers an exceptional work environment, career progression opportunities, and a competitive compensation package. We are dedicated to creating the best possible environment for learning and research in the safest, simplest, and most sustainable and efficient way. Take the first step towards a rewarding career by applying to the Workplace Engagement & Communications Specialist position today.


The Workplace Engagement & Communications Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive, university-wide engagement and communications strategies and initiatives that directly impact faculty and staff’s experience at UBC. Collaborating with leaders and colleagues across the institution, the role ensures that these strategies and initiatives reinforce the University’s mission, values, and culture and contribute towards an outstanding work environment. The position is also leads the development of communications and marketing initiatives to position UBC as an employer of choice internally and externally.


Major Responsibilities

  • Manages the development of communications and engagement plans and initiatives that directly impact faculty and staff experiences at UBC, including the recruitment experience, the orientation & onboarding experience, recognition, and how people create connections across the University.
  • Develops strategies and plans to communicate and advance UBC’s employer story (brand) internally and externally.
  • Develops and implements communications plans and tactics for UBC’s orientation & onboarding program, including events, presentations, digital and print media.
  • Co-facilitates in-person Welcome to UBC orientation events for new staff and faculty
  • Leads UBC-wide reputational communications and marketing projects and initiatives within the VP, HR portfolio, including national employer awards programs.
  • Develops and implements communications plans and tactics for UBC’s orientation & onboarding program, including events, presentations, digital and print media.
  • Develops and implements communications plans and tactics for UBC Hiring Solutions and Housing & Relocation Services.
  • Plans, develops, and implements communications strategies, campaigns, and tactics for UBC’s President’s Awards program, including marketing the program internally, and developing communications content and creative for the award celebration; develops and implements communications and engagement plans for other recognition programs and initiatives at the University.
  • Prepare annual reports and related presentations, including the Focus on People Benchmark Report and workplace-related elements of the UBC Annual Report for multiple audiences including UBC’s Board of Governors, the UBC Executive, and the Focus on People Steering Committee.
  • Develops communications strategies, plans, campaigns, and tactics for UBC’s Workplace Learning programs and opportunities, including the Community Leadership Program, Coaching@UBC and Managing@UBC
  • Advises and coaches colleagues across the VP HR portfolio on best practices related communications, employee engagement, and employer branding
  • Provides input on strategic opportunities and initiatives across the University that contribute to the staff and faculty experiences.
  • Works closely with the University’s Internal Communications team to ensure alignment and deliver results that positively influence the staff and faculty experience
  • Liases with UBC Communications & Marketing, Public Affairs, external consultants, stakeholders and partners to promote and safeguard the University’s employer brand and reputation (including the visual identity)
  • Develops and monitors communication and engagement metrics, measurement and feedback to ensure objectives are achieved.
  • Performs other duties as required


Demonstrated experience developing and implementing successful internal communications and employee engagement strategies and plans in a large, complex organisation. Advanced writing, and editing skills, and the ability to adapt style for a variety of audiences. Knowledge of employer branding strategies and concepts. Knowledge of current communications methods, practices and techniques in a variety of media. Understanding of employee engagement trends and best practices. Ability to successfully build relationships across a complex organisation and influence others at all organisational levels. Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines and budgets, and resolving unexpected and/or ambiguous situations and issues. Proven presentation and facilitation skills. Effective at working independently as well as part of a collaborative team. Ability to be creative and solution-focused. Enthusiastic and demonstrates initiative. Ability to exercise sound judgement. Commitment to personal learning, development and improvement in pursuit of own objectives and those of the team and organisation.

To view the complete job description and to apply for the Workplace Engagement & Communications Specialist position, please visit (Job ID #26203).

Please note: This posting is open until May 14, 2017.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We look forward to hearing from you!

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