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Senior Writer and Public Relations Specialist

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. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

The Communications & Public Affairs Division (C&PA) is responsible for enhancing and protecting York University's brand and reputation. The division provides: strategic advice and counsel to York U senior management, develops and implements internal and external communication plans, manages media and public relations, strategic brand marketing and institutional advertising and develops and maintains strong working relationships with key constituency groups. C&PA includes the following units: Media Relations & External Communications, Strategic & Internal Communications, University Brand & Marketing and Business Intelligence & Planning.


In this role you will be reporting to the Chief Spokesperson and Director, Media Relations and working closely with the News Manager & Deputy Spokesperson. You will provide consistent, senior and strategic public relations support and counsel to top levels in the University, including directors, department heads and senior officials. The incumbent will unearth, create, edit and share the incredible stories of the University community to help bring the York brand to life and mitigate risk. In addition, in this role you will promote York to a wide variety of audiences, including and through mainstream media, community communications channels, and across the University's digital platforms and channels. As an integral part of the team of communication and public relations professionals, you will be a creative strategic public relations thinker, thoughtful collaborator, and a gifted writer. By generating compelling content ideas, you will shape the focus of storytelling, bringing York's brand to life and influence public opinion by advancing academic priorities and major university strategic initiatives, including new campuses and program offerings.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:

An Undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism, mass communications; post-graduate degree an asset. Seven years of related experience in public relations, and/or external communications, journalism, at increasingly senior levels. Recent and proven experience in a similar post-secondary or public-sector environment conceptualizing, writing, editing and sharing stories with the media, external stakeholders and the general public through a variety of digital platforms and channels. Ability to communicate with ethnic media and demonstrated issues management experience is an asset.

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 104010.

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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