Department: Communications and AdvancementReference number: 16-060-P0132 Closing date: Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 17:00Employment status: OngoingFull or part time: Full-timeCompetition status: Completed Job description: Under the strategic direction of the Vice-President Communications and Advancement, the communications officer contributes to the work of Royal Roads University Communications to strengthen the university’s reputation and relationships with local, regional and national audiences. The communications department provides a centre for communications initiatives and services, including university communications, internal communications, news services, media relations and editorial services. Under the supervision of the senior communications manager, the communications officer creates and delivers communications collateral and activities across all areas of focus to support the university’s strategic priorities. The communications officer plans and executes strategic university initiatives by providing communications or special project support to the university’s executive, programs and departments (e.g., speaking notes, emergency communications, issues management, publications and event communications). The communications officer works closely with team members in a collaborative, fast-paced environment to write and pitch news stories and features, copy edit and proofread content, monitor social media and traditional media and post content to the university’s website, among other duties. Qualifications: A degree in communication or journalism and five years related work experience is preferred. A two-year certificate in communication, journalism or public relations with commensurate experience may be considered.Advanced writing and editing skills with experience writing feature articles, news releases and related communications materialsDemonstrated experience across all communications channels and platforms, including social mediaMedia relations and/or issues management skills and experience is considered an asset.Good organizational, project management and time management skills with the ability to work to deadlineIndependent initiative, sound judgement and developed decision-making abilitiesStrong interpersonal and verbal communications skills, including the ability to deal sensitively with critical issues Application submission information: This is a regular, full-time position, working 37.5 hours per week. The position has been evaluated at Grade 4 and the recruitment range starts at $53,768 per annum.The university is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of:16-060-P0132 – Last name, First nameOr mail to:Human Resources - Career OpportunitiesRoyal Roads University2005 Sooke RoadVictoria, BC V9B 5Y2Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2511The competition will begin on July 22, 2016 and will close on August 11, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. Royal Roads University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.If you are sending your application via email, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe PDF.