Executive Director, Advancement Communications & Marketing

  • Western University
  • 1151 Richmond St., London, ON, Canada
  • Mar 12, 2021

Job Description

About Western Western University is one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities and is among Canada’s 50 best employers in the 2021 Forbes ranking. We attract individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. The University consists of 12 faculties/schools, which collectively offer more than 400 undergraduate programs and more than 50 doctoral and 80 master’s degree programs. The Western Experience combines academic excellence with lifelong opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our local, national and global communities.
  About Western Communications The Western Communications team provides strategic advice to university senior leadership, faculty, staff and teams of internal and external communications staff across Western in order to build the University’s brand on a local, national and global scale.

Western Communications has a renewed strategic focus for its work and is building a high-performing leadership team to elevate Western’s profile as a highly impactful research-intensive university that attracts some of the brightest minds from around the world.

As part of this strategic renewal, the team is searching for an Executive Director, Advancement Communications & Marketing.
Responsibilities This role is critical to Western Communications’ evolution, helping to build and foster growth in the team.  In partnership with University Advancement colleagues, this leader will set a new bar for high-level strategy and planning for alumni and development communications and marketing at Western.

The Executive Director, Advancement Communications & Marketing will lead a portfolio responsible for communications and marketing programs that instill pride in Western among its alumni, donors and potential donors worldwide, to inspire increased engagement and giving.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader who can build and foster the growth of a high-performing advancement communications and marketing team and provide strategic oversight for the development of top quality advancement communications and marketing materials that advance the University’s brand strategy and fundraising goals.
  Ideal candidate The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in marketing, fundraising management, communications or related field, with 10 years’ experience working in advancement communications and extensive experience managing or leading advancement communications programs, projects and teams.

You bring with you expert knowledge of the necessary building blocks for outstanding advancement communications and marketing plans, strategies and materials, including expertise in producing, writing and editing for a wide variety of audiences and channels.

You must be a confident and strategic leader with strong interpersonal and communications skills to lead a high performing team, and to establish and build healthy, respectful working relationships with academics, senior leaders, and other key stakeholders.
  Application process For more information regarding this highly collaborative and vital leadership role, visit: https://recruit.uwo.ca. Look for reference number 21059 to apply. Review of applications will begin March 17th and the deadline for all applicants will be midnight on April 1, 2021.  Applicants should include a detailed CV and five (5) references.
  Western’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Western is a community that respects, embraces, nurtures and celebrates the diversity of its members. Our community is one where all members are valued. We strive to ensure our working and learning environment is fully accessible and respectful of people's different needs and abilities.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwo.ca or phone 519-661-2194.
  Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.