Communications Officer (Alumni Relations)

  • Location: Saskatoon, SK
  • Department: University Relations
  • Employment Terms: Full Time

Job Description

There is 2 opening for this posting. Located in Saskatoon. Note: the department is hiring two people for two identical positions.

FTE: 1.0
Status: Permanent
Requisition: req3504
Open Date: 11/9/2018
Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is CAD $62,850.00 – 98,205.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The Communications Officer works as part of the alumni relations communications team to plan, executive and evaluate strategic communications initiatives that support Alumni Relations priorities and programs. The primary goal of the position is to support the alumni relations goals with effective and high-impact communications in order to build and maintain a positive reputation for the university and within the university’s over 155,000 global alumni network. Work should be aligned with the Alumni Action Plan, University Relation’s strategic plan and the overall University Plan.

This individual in this position is an employee of University Relations and will specialize in communications for the alumni relations portfolio. The Communications Officer reports to the Director of University Communications, working closely with the Alumni Relations Communications Specialist, Editor, the Associate Vice-President of Alumni Relations, and the entire alumni relations team. The incumbent is a member of the university’s broader Marketing and Communications team. The position is based in Saskatoon.

Nature of Work: The position involves considerable judgment and discretionary decision-making in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of multiple communications plans. The incumbent will work both independently and collaboratively within University Relations, alumni relations (and other) staff based in the colleges, as well as interact with other campus units as needed. It is expected that all work will be coordinated appropriately between college-based and central channels to ensure the maximum benefit to both the college and university. It is expected that the individual develop a solid understanding of Alumni Relations’ mandate, programs, culture and stakeholders. It is critical that the individual establish and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, partner organizations, and media, among others. Consequence of error is significant to the reputation of the college and university. The environment is dynamic and fast-paced. The position may require some travel and occasional work in evenings and on weekends.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate integrated marketing and communications plans and campaigns for a broad range of central and college-based Alumni Relations programs, events, initiatives and projects.
  • Conceptualize, seek out and create stories and visual (e.g. photos, video) content that celebrates alumni successes and stories and builds pride for alumni and the university, written in accessible language that is appropriate for various mediums.
  • Working closely with the marketing team to create branded publications and materials, such as banners, promotional materials, swag, event invitations, booklets, publications, etc.)
  • Manage and provide content for alumni relations websites and social media channels, ensure channels are audience-centered, follow best practices and that content is accurate and updated regularly.
  • Prepares speaking notes and ensures that alumni key messages are infused in communications across the university, as appropriate.
  • Measures effectiveness of communications plans and applies learning to future initiatives, with guidance and support from University Relations
  • Manages budget for communications and alumni relations, ensures effective use of resources, follows all university guidelines
  • Stewardship of the U of S brand and visual identity
  • Keeps informed of and follows communications and alumni relations best practices, learns from and shares with colleagues across campus, and participates in training as appropriate.


Education: An undergraduate university degree, preferably in communications, marketing, journalism or related field. An equivalent level of education and experience may be considered. Credentials and professional designations through IABC or CPRS would considered an asset.

Experience: Five years of directly related experience with a demonstrated progression in level of responsibility, including a breadth of experience developing, leading, and implementing all areas of strategic communications and/or marketing. Knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan, the academic environment and/or alumni relations would be an asset.


  • Excellent writing and editing abilities, careful attention to detail and proofreading skills
  • Ability to conceptualize and create stories/content for a variety of channels, including web, social media, media, print, etc.
  • Understanding of online communications, social media, marketing
  • Thorough understanding of communications principles and strategies, proven experience in applying them and achieving results in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated leadership, analytical and organizational skills, including the effective planning and management of multiple projects, able to adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly effective interpersonal communications, with the capacity to build consensus and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, exercising diplomacy, judgment and tact, and to act confidentially and with cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Photography and/or video skills would be an asset
  • Effective planning and management of multiple projects and events
  • Experience with Indigenous audiences, knowledge, cultural competency would be an asset
  • Experience with, or an understanding of, alumni would be an asset

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Kris Foster at

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA).

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Communication & Promotions Assistant

  • Location: Saskatoon, SK
  • Department: Communication and Development
  • Employment Terms: Part Time

Job Description

Company description

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon is a non-profit graduate-level, post-secondary training centre and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). LTS nurtures and challenges all people for Christ-centered leadership and witness for God’s mission in the world. In this position, you will be responsible for the communication and promotion of this friendly seminary community whose constituency is located throughout the Western provinces.


The Communication and Promotions Assistant works under the collaborative direction of the Director of Communication and Development. The successful candidate’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all social media accounts are kept up to date and properly maintained
  • Producing, editing and mailing the LTS Newsletter, ordinarily five times per year
  • Maintaining and updating the LTS web-site, currently being re-developed
  • Developing and producing LTS brochures and other promotional materials as required.
  • Assisting the Director with fundraising and recruiting appeals, as needed.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • University Degree, Community or Business College Diploma in Communication, Marketing, Journalism, English, or related field, or a combination of education and experience
  • 3 years relevant experience working with non-profit or in the education system preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Windows, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop
  • Experience writing content and/or working on web-site redevelopment, design and maintenance an asset
  • Ability to write content and maintain social media, including but not limited to: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Experience in producing newsletter, brochure design and copy-editing a must
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in advanced photography is an asset
  • Ability to thrive in a Christian environment
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Skilled in working both independently and collaboratively in a busy, deadline-defined environment

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a one-year contract position with possibility of renewal
  • Dependent on education and experience, the salary range for this position (at 20 hours per week) is $26,000 – $30,000
  • A competitive benefits package including health plan and pension
  • Anticipated start date of September 4, 2018


  • Applications considered starting as of August 1, 2018 and until an appointment is made
  • Please e-mail a cover letter and resume, with the names of three references, to Rev. Fran Schmidt:
  • We thank all applicants. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.