Senior Advancement Communications Officer

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON (23 days ago)

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About us:
The University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:
The Office of Communications (MedComms) creatively promotes the Faculty of Medicine’s impact as one of the world’s top research-intensive medical faculties, training Canada’s next generation of leading physicians, scientists and rehabilitation specialists. Located steps from Queen’s Park subway station, MedComms’ team of collaborative professionals delivers award-winning strategic communications support to the Dean of Medicine and central Faculty units, and acts as a resource to staff embedded across more than 25 departments from biochemistry to surgery.

As the Senior Advancement Communications Officer, you will be integrated into a collaborative communications department where you will demonstrate initiative, good judgment, and exceptional editorial skill to inspire audiences and advance Faculty of Medicine priorities. Working closely with Advancement and Alumni Relations leaders and colleagues, you will develop and enhance key relationships, develop strategic communications plans, create engaging donor-centric content and oversee a range of editorial activities.

Your responsibilities will include:
Advising on communication strategies to engage and attract major donor prospects and developing communication plans to support fundraising campaigns
Researching and writing stewardship reports, cultivation material and fundraising proposals
Coordinating the development of case/proposal content with in-house design team
Creating, reviewing and editing original, published content and overseeing production of editorial activities
Executing assigned tasks and identifying and resolving editorial issues
Analyzing production operations and making recommendations for improvement and efficiencies
Conducting detailed analysis to inform decision making and determining key performance indicators to measure success

Essential Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in corporate communication, public relations, journalism, marketing or related field, or an equivalent and relevant combination of education and experience
Minimum five years of professional writing experience, preferably in a fundraising environment where investment in research is a key component
Demonstrated success working with academic researchers and/or physicians, writing clear case for support material and generating fundraising proposals up to $5 million
Experience planning communications projects in a consultative manner is essential
Experience writing engaging print and digital content to demonstrate the impact of investment in higher education and medical research
High degree of proficiency working with MS Office Suite and editing text in Adobe InDesign files
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent research, interviewing, writing, editing and collaborative project management skills is required
Professional demeanour with a strong customer service orientation and effective interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to work successfully under pressure and consider revisions to copy from editors, supervisors and clients/content partners
Ability to complete assignments under minimal supervision while at the same time, keeping supervisor and team members fully informed of all project developments
Must be adept at meeting deadlines, working independently and prioritizing own workflow
Creative and solutions-oriented; passion for communications and donor-centric storytelling; exceptional attention to detail
Ability to generate new ideas, propose changes and encourage innovation
Must be an enthusiastic and energetic team player who works collaboratively and diplomatically in a complex multi-stakeholder environment

Assets (Nonessential):
Brand management experience is highly desirable

To be successful in this role you will be:
Team player

Travel: None

Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW)

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 14 - $78,618 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $100,542. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Field: Communications / Media / Public Relations

Job Posting: Nov 12, 2019

Job Closing: Dec 3, 2019, 10:59:00 PM