University of Alberta

HR Senior Communications Officer

Human Resource Services

Competition No.  -    A102838781
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Human Resources (HR) proudly values and supports the University of Alberta’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and community service.  Our primary goal is to foster a work atmosphere that emphasizes quality, innovation, respect and collaboration that supplements the diverse university community.  We have an exciting opportunity for a seasoned Communications Officer who cares to make a difference. 

Reporting to the Director, HR Operations and working closely with the HR Executive Leadership Team (HRELT), this position is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the communication and marketing activities and initiatives within HR.  This position understands the importance of ensuring consistent messaging, leading and managing strategic communication activities, proposing and implementing solutions to handle critical situations and issues, managing communication platforms, and managing the core communication and marketing activities.

Specific accountabilities include, but not limited to:

  • Developing, implementing and monitoring the strategic communication plan for HR
  • Working collaboratively with HR units to plan and implement strategic activities
  • Determining the communication goals, target audiences, key messages and distribution channels
  • Developing, proposing and implementing content that best conveys messages which includes determining editorial direction, visual design, along with the distribution strategies
  • Developing strategies to identify issues and respond to crisis effectively
  • Creating and implementing internal and external media relations plans using digital, hardcopy and social media platforms
  • Leading the strategic development of the HRS website and providing consultation on the communication principles
  • Analyzing and measuring the impact of communications and marketing materials
  • Working collaboratively with the communications staff
  • Participating, collaborating and serving on relevant committees and networks

 The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who exhibits the following:

  • Post Secondary Degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field
  • 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in communications, preferably in a post-secondary environment
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in successfully delivering initiatives
  • Sound knowledge of communications and marketing strategies and principals
  • Operate in a large, complex decentralized work environment with a mixture of unionized and non unionized staff
  • Strong business acumen to navigate ambiguity and appropriately translate sensitive material; research, analyze and summarize complex issues
  • Ability to facilitate and present diverse materials for diverse audiences
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities; advanced planning and management skills with a proactive approach to communications planning
  • Ability to lead and manage change
  • Ability to understand HR business processes and translate them into appropriate and comprehensible terms
  • Exceptional problem solving, critical thinking, writing, editing, verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity in equity, diversity and inclusion is an asset

To learn more on HRS, visit our website:

This full-time continuing Management and Professional Staff (excluded) position offers a comprehensive benefits package and an annual salary range that will commensurate with qualifications.

Interested applicants will submit a cover letter that outlines why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, along with your resume and a list of three professional references.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.