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Communications Manager

Date: July, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Dean
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Graduate Recruitment and Communications Specialist
Location: PAS - Dean of Arts Office

USG 10

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

As a key member of the Faculty’s strategic communications team, the Communications Manager is responsible for strategic communications planning and content creation across print, web and digital channels to promote and build a strong local and national profile for the research, teaching and outreach activity of the Faculty of Arts. The position functions as Arts’ liaison with uWaterloo Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) to align Arts strategic communications objectives with those of the University, and must understand the importance and distinctiveness of the Faculty of Arts and its position in the larger institution.

Key Accountabilities:

1.As Manager of the Arts Communications Team:

2.As lead writer, editor and manager for Faculty-level communications:


3.Supervises Graduate Recruitment and Communications Specialist (GRCS):


4.Manages internal communications that provide current, useful and promotional/community-building information about the Faculty and its activities to a variety of internal audiences:



Position Requirements


University degree (graduate degree preferred), preferably in a field related to communications (e.g., English, Drama, Journalism or Communication/Media Studies); or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Several years’ progressive experience in a communications capacity within a medium to large organization, with a proven track record of achievement. Advanced understanding of and experience working in post-secondary setting, preferably within humanities, social sciences and creative arts divisions.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate excel powerpoint

Web content management systems: advanced

Social media: advanced

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with a comprehensive array of faculty members, communications professionals, and senior management of the Faculty, CPA and occasionally other University leaders; externally, with members of the media and others interested in the Faculty of Arts and the University for the purposes of influencing and motivating.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for establishing strategic priorities for communications within the Faculty of Arts and for related deliverables.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for establishing communications priorities, plans and quality control and for adjusting priorities in consultation with the Dean, CPA, and others as appropriate.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Demands typical of a communications position, with extended periods of computer use.

Working Environment:

minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions.