Associate Director, Communications - Abbotsford, BC | University of the Fraser Valley | | 29/04/22

Associate Director, Communications full-time

Location: Abbotsford, BC
Company Name: University of the Fraser Valley ()
Category: Communications
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Job Summary:

The Associate Director, Communications implements strategic external and internal communications initiatives, projects, and strategies to contribute to the achievement of the Communications Department’s goals and the strategic goals and mission of the University.

The Associate Director is a leader in the Communications team and deals with sensitive and confidential matters relating to the University’s reputation. This role supports the Director of Communications in communication initiatives and change-management projects. The Associate Director acts as an alternate University spokesperson in media interviews or as a public information officer in crisis communication situations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication or related discipline from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Seven years related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience, including managerial experience and training will be considered.
  • Ability to lead, coach and direct staff in continuous improvement of UFV’s communication strategy.
  • Theoretical and practical communication skills, excellent writing ability, proofreading and editing skills for different types of media (print and electronic) with an eye for detail, design, content and brand.
  • Familiarity with Canadian Press style including news cycle, data collection and reporting, and editing.
  • Systems thinking and problem-solving and ability to understand complex systems and find innovative and appropriate solutions.
  • Professional image with excellent interpersonal, written English, oral and intercultural communication skills.
  • Effective and persuasive public presentation skills, report writing, and professional email conduct.
  • Proficient in MS Office, web-based communication media, and web-editing software.
  • Solid understanding of social media and communication software, willingness to develop additional skill.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC secondary and post-secondary system an asset.

About UFV:

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 Temexw (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 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.

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