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Dalhousie University

Senior Communications Advisor Issues and Media Term

Job Description

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that’s celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

The Communications & Marketing (C&M) team is a high-performing team responsible for stewarding and enhancing the reputation and awareness of Dalhousie University through brand leadership and stewardship, communications (including digital and social media), public relations, media relations, issues management, crisis communications and community engagement. Reporting to the Director of Communications and Public Relations, the Senior Communications Advisor is responsible for anticipating, monitoring and analyzing issues, and developing proactive and responsive strategies to manage emerging issues. The position plays a pivotal role in reputation management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In close connection with the Director, lead the development, facilitation and implementation of external and internal issues management strategies and tactics for emerging issues, which may involve highly sensitive content.
  • Participate in crisis communications planning and issues-related meetings and committees.
  • Build respectful, collaborative relationships with media and with key internal colleagues in senior administration, academic and research departments, and other groups on campus.
  • As an integral member of the C&M team, participate fully in developing unit plans and achieving the university’s strategic public relations and marketing goals.
  • Serve as media spokesperson as required.

Note: This position requires flexible working hours, some of which may be outside normal business hours.

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by 10 p.m. on February 28, 2018 to competition DPMG-18018.

Salary Range: $65,463 – $88,567 per annum (ADM-07). This is an three-year Term position. This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.

This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).


University degree, preferably in public relations, journalism or communications, plus a minimum of five years related experience in area of issues and reputation management (or equivalent combination of training and experience). Experience in managing issues in a high stress, crisis or critical situation is essential, along with a strong track record of successfully developing and executing strategic communications plans. Must have ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with national, regional and local media. Familiarity with social media is an asset.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies, in particular:

  • Communication
  • Thinking and Acting Strategically
  • Knowledge and Thinking Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Respect and Inclusion

How to Apply

Apply online by 10 p.m. on February 28, 2018 to competition DPMG-18018.

Here: Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Dalhousie University


Job Location

Job Level & Type
  • Intermediate Level
  • Full Time Contract Position

Listing to be posted until:
Friday, March 09, 2018