Executive Director, Communications University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Canada

Executive Director, Communications

Job Number: 1805229

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Department: APSC Administrative Units

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)


The Executive Director, Communications, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, provides strategic vision and leadership in communications, marketing and public affairs. The incumbent will continue developing a comprehensive program designed to enhance the Faculty’s image and visibility locally, nationally, and internationally as among the top engineering schools worldwide. The Executive Director will consult widely to develop strategies and provide guidance to the Faculty community on broad matters related to public affairs, marketing and communications.

Reporting to the Dean, the incumbent will oversee the creation of communications, marketing and public affairs plans and strategies for internal and external audiences that will advance the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s strategic priorities. The Executive Director provides guidance and advice to the senior management on media and communications strategies for critical public issues and for advancing the Faculty’s profile. The Executive Director will maintain, strengthen and promote the Faculty’s comprehensive positioning and marketing strategies, and will oversee the compilation of stakeholder research to advance the Faculty’s objectives. Working with the Dean and the Senior Management Team, the Executive Director will be responsible for the development of internal communications strategies to foster a strong community identity and will establish benchmarks and forms of measurement to continually evaluate and improve upon communications strategies.

The incumbent will oversee, and develop appropriate marketing and communications vehicles needed to maximize communications through both targeted and broad-based initiatives, ensuring an integrated cohesive visual identity and message which is in keeping with the institutional objectives and promotional strategies of the Faculty. The incumbent manages relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders, partners and organizations.

As a leader and a mentor, the Executive Director will work synergistically with communications staff in the Faculty’s Departments/Institutes, and manage a staff of high-caliber, creative professionals and assume overall responsibility for human resources, labour relations and financial management including dispute resolution and compliance of collective agreements. The incumbent directly manages the staff and the quality and efficiency of work, ensuring the structure and duties are meeting operational objectives in the most effective way. The Executive Director will actively participate in senior-level decisions and the development of strategic crisis communications plans.


Graduate University degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

A minimum of ten years of progressive communications experience, including work as a leader, project manager and writer; management experience in progressive management positions in an unionized environment; experience working in an educational institution is preferable and experience in a technical environment a strong asset.

Superior oral and written communications skills. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated experience in managing complex multiple projects to completion. Must be able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks and responsibilities. Demonstrated success at building relationships at all levels of an organization, and at fostering collaboration. Ability to assimilate and interpret significant amounts of information.


Self-starter. Detail-oriented. Responsive. Flexibility to work in a consensus-driven environment. Ability to motivate staff to work collaboratively toward the goals of the Department and Faculty. Political sensitivity and ability to work effectively with high-level staff across the University system and in outside organizations. Requires a keen understanding of the principles involved in publications production. Knowledge of graphic design principles and an eye for first-rate design. Ability to work with minimal direct supervision.

Travel: None

Employee Group: Professional / Managerial

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $99,743 - $116,367 -- Broadband Salary Range: $99,743 - $166,239

Job Field: Communications / Media / Public Relations

Job Posting: Nov 30, 2018

Job Closing: Jan 15, 2019, 12:59:00 PM

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