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Director Strategic & Internal Communications

York University

Job Description

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success.

Communications & Public Affairs (C&PA) is responsible for setting the institutional communication plan and strategies for the University. Working with senior leadership and partners in Divisions and Faculties, C&PA advances and protects York University's brand and reputation.

We are looking for a senior strategic communication professional to join our team and to help build our employer brand by leading employee communications, organizational communications planning, and engagement initiatives.  

The Director of Strategic & Internal Communications will lead three of our eight centres of communications excellence i) Strategic Communication Planning   ii) Internal Communications and iii) Publications. 
Reporting to the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, the Director brings demonstrated communication planning experience in internal communications/ employee engagement and has superior writing and editing skills. They will identify, define and develop communication plans/strategies and implementation approach  to guide York communicators and others in designing, preparing and executing proactive or reactive communications.

As a thoughtful collaborator and experienced team-leader, you will effectively engage and work across diverse stakeholder groups and provide communication advice and counsel to senior leadership.

As a senior member of York’s CPM staff, the Director will actively champion a culture of respect, collegiality, equity, and inclusion.


University degree, preferably a Master's degree in English, journalism or a communications related field.

Minimum ten (10) years of experience in corporate/ institutional communications including senior management level experience, complemented by exceptional judgment and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic and complex environment. Experience in a matrixed organization having had a leadership role in internal / employee communications and producing publications. Knowledge of, and experience in other areas of communication is highly beneficial including media relations, marketing, and public relations. Essential Experience: Demonstrated ability to work across diverse groups to develop comprehensive and integrated communication plans and strategies. Internal communication/ employee engagement with specific experience in culture change communications. Internal issues management including labour relations.Understanding the nature of a University community, and academic priorities. second language. prior experience as a journalist are assets.

How To Apply

For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the External Career Portal ( and refer to posting 102798.

We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit:

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.

York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.

We are committed to enhancing our environmentally and socially responsible practices for the benefit of all members of the York community. Our long-term perspective recognizes our responsibility to be innovators and to continually work as a community to reduce our ecological impact.

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Job Location
Toronto ON
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
$100,000 - $149,999
Listing To Be Posted Until
May 15, 2021
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