Senior Associate Vice-President, Strategic Communications and Marketing


2500 University Drive, NW

Calgary Alberta T2N 1N4


The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with over 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 14 faculties, over 1,800 academic staff, and over 3,200 non-academic staff across five campuses.  UCalgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude.  We are on an ambitious journey to become one of Canada’s top research-intensive Universities.  UCalgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.


The University’s communications and marketing must reflect the energy that is pervasive in the accomplishments being realized across its campuses.  We must embody the institution’s dynamism and vibrancy as we connect with purpose across the myriad of platforms accessed by today’s audiences.  We will dream big, take risks and prototype ways to demonstrate why we matter and why our community should care.


We are seeking a permanent full-time communications and marketing innovator to lead and redefine how we engage with our diverse community. As Senior Associate Vice-President (Strategic Communications and Marketing), you will hold the most senior Executive communications and marketing role on campus. You will work closely with the VP, Advancement and other members of the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams to lead the transformation of the strategic communications and marketing platform to advance UCalgary’s brand, identity and reputation.


You are a trailblazer in the world of communication and marketing strategies, including digital and social media, and public relations. An experienced, dynamic, and charismatic leader with a minimum of 10 years experience in a large, complex organization with a multifaceted stakeholder environment, you will engage your comprehensive team with your creativity, drive and responsiveness as you redefine strategic communications in ways that are authentic, future-oriented and inspirational. 


The successful candidate will have a university degree in Marketing, Business Communications or a relevant discipline and a Master’s degree.  You have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in strategic communications, public relations and/or marketing in large organizations with global reach; demonstrated expertise in strategic and innovative communications and marketing approaches; and experience developing and leveraging research and data analytics to inform and evaluate programs, campaigns and resource deployment. You have a track record of leading innovation in digital communications and marketing technologies, and can demonstrate the ways in which they can be leveraged strategically. You have deep expertise in directing measurable and impactful media strategy across local, regional, national, and international media.


This is your time to bring your proven track record to set new standards for post-secondary institutions to engage with their communities.

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The 10th largest advanced economy in the world, relying upon its abundant natural resources and sophisticated international trade networks, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. The salary range for this position is $167,000 to $284,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience.

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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