Communications Officer

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Full Job Description

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria’s largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $64,970 – $73,124 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $85,269 is available through annual performance increases.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following designated group(s). Candidates from the group(s) who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are encouraged to self-identify.

  • Indigenous Peoples

Job Summary

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) builds upon the principles and values articulated in both the University of Victoria’s Strategic and Indigenous plans. For Indigenous people, these plans make a commitment to education that redresses the historical and continued barriers that accessing and participating in post-secondary education has created. The IACE office is committed to building and strengthening respectful relationships with Indigenous communities locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. The office strives to create an extraordinary academic and culturally responsive environment, where students, staff, faculty and community members experience the university as a welcoming, supportive, safe environment in which Indigenous values, language and culture are evident.

Reporting to the IACE Associate Director, the Communications Officer develops and implements a strategic external and institution-wide internal communications and marketing plan and initiatives that emphasize IACE’s and the university’s strengths, identifies and anticipates potential issues that might adversely impact IACE and the university’s reputation, and works to strengthen relationships. The Communications Officer leads IACE communications initiatives and activities, including communications planning for specific projects, media relations, writing and editing a variety of materials (e.g. Ring stories, web content, newsletters), social media, issues communications, marketing of special events, and IACE website maintenance. The position contributes to university publications, initiatives and campaigns working closely with University Communications and Marketing (UC+M) staff and ensuring the broad promotion and consistent usage of IACE branding and UC+M guidelines across campus and online.

This position together with other IACE staff works as a team ensuring the sharing of relevant and timely information and engaging in informal team interactions and formal team meetings in order to contribute to coordination and team effectiveness. As with all IACE staff, the Communications Officer participates in learning and professional development opportunities and contributes to knowledge exchange and quality improvement initiatives.

Of critical importance to this position is an intimate knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Cultural competency, including an in-depth understanding of colonization, decolonization, land issues, cultural protocols, and settler/Indigenous relationships is essential.

This position will support programs, initiatives and events hosted by IACE that may take place in the evenings or on the weekends and requires the ability and willingness to work these hours as required.

Job Requirements

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in communications or journalism, or a related field plus 3 years of communications experience, and
  • Experience in writing and editing a variety of mediums
  • Experience developing and managing the content of websites, including the use of content management systems
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating communications plans and materials
  • Experience using social media as part of organizational strategy

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, including volunteering and community work.

Knowledge requirements:

  • Colonization and the myriad of issues that arise from colonization i.e. racism, mental health, addiction
  • Local Indigenous communities’ history and social circumstances
  • Indigenous issues, particularly as they relate to post-secondary education and local Indigenous communities
  • Understanding of appropriate protocol with Indigenous communities and organizations, particularly Coast and Straits Salish

Skill requirements:

  • Ability to work cross-culturally, in particular across the range of urban and First nations communities
  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with Indigenous students, Elders and community members
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people in a complex decentralized environment
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, make decisions independently, be self-motivated, and consistently meet deadlines
  • Proven superior ability in written and oral communications, including demonstrated expertise in research, writing, and editing a range of materials
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritize
  • Ability to adapt writing style to a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Strong computer skills and excellent knowledge of MS Office Programs is a requirement including experience with desk top publishing software


  • Experience with graphic design in the creation and design of print and multimedia materials

Equity and Diversity Statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Accessibility Statement

If you anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process contact: Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

COVID 19 On-Campus Requirements

The University of Victoria requires all new employees to provide proof of vaccination. Your information is confidential and will be securely stored.

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