Communications Specialist, Operational Budget Adjustments


Department: Institutional Planning and Assessment / Internal Communications

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status:  Term, up to three years with the possibility of extension.

Salary Information: The salary range is $59,126 to $93,457 per annum (Specialist/Professional, Phase 2).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The Communications Specialist will primarily support the operational budget adjustments project through the development and implementation of innovative, effective and reliable communications strategies and tactics. This position will also develop and produce communications in support of key planning documents, the university’s strategic directions, assessment initiatives, and other internal communications as required.  The communications specialist maintains a full understanding of the tools and processes available to leverage communications and must be knowledgeable of communications best practices, university policies, guidelines and practices.

Nature of Work: The Communications Specialist reports jointly to the Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment (IPA) and to the Director of Internal Communications, contributing as a key member of both the IPA and Internal Communications teams. The position works closely with the IPA communications officer as well as a cross-section of university staff, faculty and teams, developing and implementing communications strategies and tactics. The position provides communications advice to the Assistant Provost, IPA, and to the Director of Internal Communications. This includes operational budget adjustments; the university’s integrated plan and its implementation, related strategic documents; the university’s planning process, assessment and other activities of the IPA office and internal communications. This position is highly collaborative, working with senior leaders, key stakeholders and numerous communications peers. The environment is fast-paced and complex with numerous competing deadlines. Impact to the university’s reputation and profile is significant. Occasional weekend and evening work is required.


  • Develop and implement operational budget adjustments communications strategies, plans and messaging, delivered through a variety of communications modes.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies, plans and messaging that support planning and assessment activities through a variety of communications modes.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies, plans and messaging that support a variety of internal communications activities as required.
  • Write communications plans and estimate related budgets, ensuring plans follow strategy and that tactics are completed on time and on budget.
  • Protect and enhance the profile and reputation of the University of Saskatchewan
    • Identify and take appropriate action to prevent and/or mitigate possible communications issues or risks.
    • Advocate for and steward the university’s position including messaging and visual identity.
    • Share expertise and experiences where strategies and activities have had an impact on the university’s reputation.​
  • Work collaboratively with key contacts and stakeholders to provide leading edge communications products in alignment with the university’s strategic directions.
    •  Represent the IPA and Internal Communications on cross-functional committees and provide appropriate advice, evidence and information to guide decisions and action.
    • Work collaboratively within the IPA and Internal Communications teams and with senior administrative offices.
    • Provide communications advice and perspective and take appropriate action to move projects forward.
    • Provide analysis of the communications aspects of funding requests, as required by the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP).
  • Foster positive, collaborative relationships with staff in colleges and campus units.
  • Develop and implement measurement systems in order to accurately evaluate and share the outcomes of communications activities.
  • Be aware of evolving or changing communications strategies and practices, and provide recommendations regarding the impact of those strategies.

Education: An undergraduate degree in communications, journalism or marketing. A graduate degree would be considered an asset.

Experience: A minimum of three to five years of directly related experience in communications with a demonstrated progression in levels of responsibility.

Skills: Strong evidence of relationship building, ability to work collaboratively, with polished presentation, written and interpersonal communications skills. Energetic, showing leadership in a highly collaborative manner and highly motivated with a strong working knowledge of strategic organizational communications and leveraging communications tools. Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically and exercise diplomacy and creativity in solving issues. Proven ability and creativity in negotiating mutually beneficial solutions. Demonstrated ability to lead a team as a mentor/motivator and by example.  Ability to make data-driven decisions and a demonstrated commitment to quality. Working knowledge of current and leading industry trends. Demonstrated experience in project management and proven ability to be highly organized. Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary computer applications.

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Should you wish to learn more about this unique opportunity, please contact Katharine Fahlman-Smith at (306) 966-6635 or forward your resume and introductory letter quoting competition number 12580-E, in confidence to:

Katharine Fahlman-Smith, Recruitment Specialist
Human Resources
University of Saskatchewan
Room E140 Administration Building
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2
Telephone:  (306) 966-6635
Fax:  (306) 966-7026

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Applications will be accepted until November 28, 2012.  We will communicate with all who express interest.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.