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Communications Coordinator Contract

Location: Toronto, ON
Company Name: York University ()
Category: Communications

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city.  York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

On July 1, 2009, York University launched the new Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), combining the strengths of the former Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Arts. As a champion of pioneering and socially relevant liberal arts education, related professional programs and research, the faculty addresses real world issues that affect the complex societies in which we live with a unique interdisciplinary approach. To learn more about the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, please visit

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Posting Number: 7855

Position Title: Communications Coordinator

Department: Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUSA

Band: 10

Salary: Annual salary of $52,417 will be prorated based on the number of weeks worked.

Hours of Work: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday - Change of hours may be required (e.g. 9:00am to 5:00pm or 1:00pm to 9:00pm) during specific periods. NOTE: Occasionally flexible hours may be required to assist with/attend events. Incumbent may be required to attend events which are outside normal working hours.

Start Date: May 1, 2012 Position End Date: December 31, 2013

Duration: Limited Term Full-Time

External Date Range: May 7, 2012 to May 14, 2012

Purpose: Under the direction of the Communications Manager, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of various forms of communication for the purpose of fostering and maintaining a positive image of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) for a variety of external audiences, as well as for internal and University-wide communities. Direction and most final approvals are received from the Communications Manager.

Education: University degree in English, Professional Writing, Journalism, Communications, Marketing or related field or equivalent.

Experience: Minimum 2 years of current related experience (e.g. writing, editing, researching for publications, print material and social-media, media relations, marketing/copy-writing, design, video, project management) preferably in a large multi-unit organization. Previous experience in an academic environment an asset.

Skills: Typing 40 wpm; MS Word (advanced); MS Excel (intermediate); working knowledge of E-mail (e.g. Lotus Notes) and Internet. Proficiency with desktop publishing and web authoring (e.g. Dream weaver, Contribute, InDesign, PhotoShop). Advanced understanding of communications language and audience assessments with the ability to distil complex information into a compelling form easily understood by the public. Advanced understanding of media (web, print, TV, radio, video, photography, social-media, etc); superior written, research, communications, grammatical and editing skills; ability to create effective communication pieces for a wide variety of audiences (academic as well as general public, etc); ability to write for web/internet audiences; ability to write press releases; proofread, assess suitability of style of writing and edit; skill in gathering and assessing promotional information including conducting interviews and developing overviews/synopsis and multimedia presentations of research projects, conferences, etc. Diplomacy and professionalism in interactions with internal and external constituencies; developing and maintaining positive working relationships including showing respect for other's views and opinions; sensitivity to multiple perspectives; excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, respond effectively to competing time demands and meet complex and competing deadlines, including the ability to function effectively in stressful situations; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; meticulous attention to detail; tact and diplomacy; good judgment; creativity and initiative; ability to maintain confidentiality; reliability and punctuality.

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