Communications/Media Advisor

Req #: 2017-016B-NMG
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Job Classification: Administration
Position Type: Permanent Full-time
Post Date: 9/5/17
Close Date: 9/26/17


Since opening its doors in 1967, Niagara College has grown to become a leader in education and training and one of the most enterprising colleges in Canada.

Niagara College is recognized as a leader in student satisfaction, consistently ranking among the top colleges in Ontario in this area according to annual Key Performance Indicator surveys mandated by the province of Ontario. The survey also gives Niagara College high marks in graduate employment rate, graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction. Niagara College has an enrolment of more than 9,000 full-time students and more than 15,000 part-time registrants annually.

We are seeking an energizing individual to join the External Relations team as Communications/Media Advisor.

Reporting to the Manager, Communications, the Communications/Media Advisor assists in the development of both long and short-term strategies to raise the profile of Niagara College.  The primary responsibility of the position is to implement communication plans to support projects, events, publications and media relations.  This position is responsible for executing tactics for the promotion of college initiatives through a variety of communication channels including print, digital, media relations and social networks.  The incumbent will strategically leverage social media channels for college stories, earned media, and stakeholder engagement.

The incumbent, working with the Manager, Communications, will create, write and edit external communication pieces (including gathering facts, planning and research).  This includes submission to various sector publications as well as proactively pitching stories to the media. The position represents the college to the media, frequently acting as a first point of contact and spokesperson.  The incumbent liaises with external partners and is responsible for coordinating the production of all media materials.

  • A minimum of a 3-year degree/diploma in Journalism, Public Relations or related field
  • A minimum of 5 years related experience in the not-for-profit sector; experience in post-secondary education and a large, complex organization an asset
  • Media relations experience
  • Proven track record of managing issues and experience in crisis communications
  • Demonstrated ability to write, edit and proofread at an advanced level in the English language with impeccable accuracy in grammar, spelling and content verification
  • Expertise in creating compelling communications pieces for a wide variety of audiences using multiple communication vehicles
  • Proficiency in writing full stories, converting written articles/media releases into various formats
  • Strong knowledge and familiarity with communication technologies and channels, including digital and social media
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels

The incumbent must be an experienced and creative writer with an ability to work independently and exercise good judgement while adhering to deadlines and managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with constantly shifting priorities.

This posting is open until filled with candidate review ongoing.

A  Job Fact Sheet is available for review in Human Resources during the posting period, please contact Nadia Gugliotta at to request a copy of the JFS.

If selected for an interview, candidates must present proof of education (ie: original transcripts/credentials). Note: Credentials obtained outside of Canada require an evaluation to determine the Canadian educational equivalence. This evaluation must support the educational requirements for the position as a condition of employment. For further information, visit: World Education Services ( ).

We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Niagara College is committed to workplace diversity and provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout our hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please contact the Recruitment Consultant.

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