Executive Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing (Schulich) – Western University

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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, and in support of Schulich’s bold new goals to build its profile, Western Communications is searching for an Executive Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing (Schulich).

About Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides outstanding education within a research-intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists, health researchers and other scholars learn to shape the future of healthcare in our community and around the world.  With a goal of becoming a global leader in optimizing lifelong health through innovation in education, research and active engagement with our community, it is a very exciting time to join our exceptional team.

This newly created role is critical to Western Communications’ evolution, helping to build and foster growth in the team.  In partnership with Schulich colleagues, this leader will set a new bar for high-level strategy and planning to promote the profile of both Schulich and Western.

As a member of Western Communications’ leadership team, the Executive Director will lead and direct the creation and implementation of Schulich’s overarching brand strategy and annual marketing planning and will provide strategic direction to senior leaders at Schulich.

The Executive Director will also lead Schulich’s communications team, which is focused on internal and external communications, media relations and event promotion.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader who can build and foster the growth of a high-performing communications and marketing team and provide strategic oversight for the development of high quality programs and materials that advance the University’s and Schulich’s brand strategy. 

Ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in marketing, public relations, communications or related field, with 10 years’ experience in strategic communications, marketing and building brand strategy, with expertise in advising and supporting senior stakeholders within a large, complex organization.

You bring expert knowledge of the necessary building blocks for outstanding communications and marketing plans, strategies and materials, including significant experience advising on high-profile, highly sensitive files that may present reputational risk to an organization. 

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: Look for reference number #21557 to apply. The deadline for all applicants will be midnight on March 25, 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 or phone 519-661-2194.

Please note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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