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Associate Vice-President Communications

Royal Roads University

Job Description

The Institution: Royal Roads University
Situated within Hatley Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long and progressive history of excellence, learning, and high-quality education.  Originally a military college founded in 1940 as a training establishment for naval sub-lieutenants, RRU began developing its reputation as an educational institution for a large selection of service personnel, and was inaugurated in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act as a public professional degree-granting university.
Royal Roads University shares a rich history and connection with its communities, and it is this history and commitment to people that informs the institution’s mandate to provide continuing education, excellence in teaching, and applied research combining the very best of scholarship and practice for students and alumni to help them achieve success in their career and personal growth.  RRU has a notable reputation for innovation and pioneered the blended learning model, combining online courses and intensive on-campus residencies to leverage the benefits of team-based, applied, and experiential practices. Offering a suite of high-quality and interdisciplinary certificate, diploma, and degree programs from undergraduate to doctoral level in applied and professional fields, RRU is committed to accessibility and providing its learners with the tools and techniques required to enter a dynamic and changing labour market, and respond to new and emerging challenges in industry needs, instructional practices, and scholarship.
To learn more, please Royal Roads University’s website.

The Opportunity: Associate Vice-President, Communications
Under the strategic direction of the Vice-President Communications and Advancement, the Communications unit provides a centre for initiatives and services, including: university corporate communications (including   external stakeholder and multi-level government relations), internal communications, news services, media relations, and editorial services. The work of the Communications unit and the objectives of communications initiatives are aligned with and defined by the university’s strategic goals and relate to all audiences. Whether they are members of the internal or external community, prospects, students or alumni, donors, members of the public, federal, provincial or municipal government, or media, Communications connects people to the university’s mission and its unique value proposition.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • A graduate degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, or a related field, plus a minimum of ten years of relevant experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) with increasingly progressive levels of professional communication/public relations responsibility, preferably for a post-secondary institution;
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing communications and stakeholder relations plans;
  • Successful track record of building positive stakeholder relations, including media and multi-level government relations;
  • Ability to deliver effective, integrated communications strategies as part of a cross-functional emergency management team;
  • Demonstrated experience leading media relations for evolving markets, digital media, and social media;
  • Track record as an effective media spokesperson;
  • Well experienced with issues management; demonstrated experience in leadership communications andC-suite coaching and support for crisis communications;
  • Being an accomplished professional writer is essential; deep experience and successes as the architect of speeches, strategic plans, editorials and think pieces, with demonstrated ability to foster and develop high quality editorial standards;
  • Cutting-edge presentation skills, with significant public engagement experience including planning and leading events and initiatives for issues management and community relations.

How To Apply

The complete opportunity profile can be viewed: Here
Contact: James Laing or Greg Longster
Leaders International Executive Search
#880 – 609 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422
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Royal Roads University
Victoria BC
Job Location
Victoria BC
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
January 06, 2019
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