Communications and Publications Coordinator - Saskatoon, SK | University of Saskatchewan | | 28/07/16
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Communications and Publications Coordinator full-time

Location: Saskatoon, SK
Company Name: University of Saskatchewan ()
Category: Communications
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Status:  Term, one year, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent

Competition No.: 16426-M

Salary Information:  The salary range is $60,410 to $94,391 per annum. (Specialist/Professional, Phase 2).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose:  This position fits within the portfolio of the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning (VPTL) including Student and Enrolment Services, the Distance Education Unit, the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, Aboriginal Initiatives, Media Production, and the VPTL Service Team.  This position is responsible for planning and creating relevant, meaningful, timely and effective communications and design strategies in support of the VPTL portfolio, which are aligned with the strategic directions of the VPTL and the University.

Nature of Work:  Reporting to the Manager, VPTL Service Team, the Communications and Publications Coordinator provides expert communications and marketing guidance and advice and creates communications, marketing and design pieces.  This work is highly visible reaching a local, national and international audience that influences the reputation of the University and the student experience.  This is a high-volume position requiring sound judgment and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with competing demands.  Dealing with multiple deadlines, continuous change, and shifting priorities is the norm.


  • Plan, develop and implement innovative, collaborative and coordinated communications and design strategies in support of all units within the VPTL portfolio and aligned with institution goals;
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to VPTL managers and staff with respect to communications and design supporting the mandate and vision for the VPTL;
  • Assist in the creation of a strategic direction for communication and design materials primarily focusing on current graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan;
  • Create and design all aspects of print production including concept development, graphic design, photography, layout, prepress, proofing services and final delivery;
  • Work in a highly flexible and collaborative team environment responsive to changing needs, multiple demands and tight timelines;
  • Consult with a variety of campus stakeholders within and beyond the VPTL portfolio including representatives from direct and non-direct entry colleges and University Relations;
  • Develop and write effective, reliable, audience appropriate content for communications materials (including websites, print and other media);
  • Provide expert design advise and support to all units across the VPTL, and fellow designers within the Service Team, including managing Requests for Quotes, coordinating mail outs with Canada Post and overseas printing, investigating the latest trends in publications techniques and strategies, and managing image banks;
  • Cultivate professional relationships that support effective partnerships and shared goals with University Relations and other units within and outside of the VPTL;
  • Ensure that internal standards, procedures, policies and best practices are utilized in all communications and publications materials in support of the visual identify of the University;
  • Support event planning teams to ensure the successful delivery of student events;
  • Support the identification of timely, value-added technologies and ideas to improve communications and publications opportunities for the team.

Flexible hours may be required on an occasional basis outside of standard working hours (8:30 am-4:30 pm).

Education:  A university degree in communications, publishing, graphic design or related field.  A combination of education and directly relevant experience will be considered.

Experience:  Minimum three to five years of communications and/or publications work experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment, with a demonstrated progression in level of responsibility.

Skills: Exceptional ability to write messages for a variety of student audiences along with excellent oral and interpersonal skills; demonstrated proficiency dealing with all aspects of publications development from concept development to pre-press and beyond, proven creative design and layout skills, a proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and as part of a team; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; strong problem-solving and creative thinking skills, demonstrated customer service orientation, demonstrated responsiveness in addressing user needs and delivering service in a timely manner, ability to work independently and exercise effective self-management; strong organizational and time-management skills.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Applications will be accepted until filled.

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