SAIT Senior Stakeholder and Public Relations Specialist in Calgary, Alberta
Senior Stakeholder and Public Relations Specialist
Communications and Marketing Department
At the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), we are the shapers. The makers. The originals, driven by a passion for excellence and impact. We are a global leader in applied education, an Alberta Top Employer and a destination workplace for people empowered to make a difference in the lives of students. We offer action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with partners from around the world. With a newly launched brand and ongoing celebrations marking 100 years of educating skilled workers, now is an exciting time to join this one-of-a-kind place…SAIT.
The Communications and Marketing department supports the achievement of priorities in SAIT's strategic plan, tells SAIT’s story, enhances our brand and executes on marketing strategy across SAIT, in collaboration with schools and departments. We continually seek to raise the bar, improve our practices and showcase creativity.
As the Senior Stakeholder & Relations Specialist, you will report to the Associate Director, Communications and Marketing and you will lead the development and implementation of high-level strategic integrated communications and marketing plans and initiatives. You will at times act as the backup to the Associate Director and will work closely with the department’s other senior level roles to ensure communications (internal, external, earned media and social) are aligned to SAIT’s strategic priorities. As the Senior Stakeholder and Public Relations Specialist you will also lead earned media relations and act as SAIT’s spokesperson.
You must be a flexible and detail-oriented professional with excellent communication skills — both a strategist and a doer who gets excited by new ideas, is a strong collaborator, as well as an independent self-starter. You will effectively manage and lead multiple concurrent priorities and use a high level of professionalism when working with sensitive and confidential matters.
NOTE: This is an Internal Competition for the Employees of SAIT Only.
Develop and implement high-level strategic integrated communications and marketing plans that align to SAIT’s strategic priorities
Project manage the execution of the plans which includes collaborating across the department and campus, active communications and marketing plans
Champion and exercise collaboration within the department and across the campus to facilitate and maximize effective content sharing, and appropriately positioned and timed communications.
Help manage the day to day workgroup activities
Identify client and stakeholder needs and priorities, collaborate to generate solutions and make decisions
Support the Associate Director and provide back-up when the Associate Director is unavailable
Support executive as requested, including crisis communications
Provide guidance and support to team members
Lead earned media relations and act as SAIT’s spokesperson
Cultivate and maintain positive rapport with media representatives, responding promptly to requests, and pitching strategic stories and maintaining a current database of media contacts
Act as SAIT spokesperson and prepare other spokespeople for success, as appropriate
Monitor current and emerging news/trends, recognize how they relate to SAIT and act on the appropriate opportunities
Organize media briefings, editorial board meetings, news conferences, and public relations events
Maintain a clear and concise public relations component to SAIT’s Crisis Communications Plan
Write releases, advisories, backgrounders, talking points, web and social content, fact sheets, photos, speeches and b-roll
Diploma or degree in Broadcasting, Journalism, Public Relations or Communications.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in marketing, communications, client relations, and stakeholder engagement.
Minimum of 3 years related experience in a senior role, working with executives preferably in the communications field
Demonstrated creative and strategic thinking, while exhibiting sound judgment
Excellent verbal, written communications and critical thinking skills
In-depth understanding of SAIT strategic priorities and brand
Strong interpersonal skills and able to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders
Experienced, confident spokesperson and media coach
Demonstrated experience in communications and issue management planning
Extensive and favourable relationships with media
Experience in producing high-quality communication materials for all mediums
Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced and evolving environment
Must be able to effectively manage competing priorities
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office
Why Work at SAIT:
Enjoy a stimulating work environment, a beautiful campus overlooking downtown Calgary and a great benefits package including: comprehensive health and dental coverage, a defined benefit pension plan, professional development programs, generous paid time off, free access to our Wellness Centre, transit subsidies and more.
Please continue with the online application process through the SAIT careers website or Workopolis.com. Online applications are strongly preferred.
Closing Date & Time: December 6, 2016 by 11:59 PM MT
If you have any questions about the role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not apply to this email address; all applications should be made through our online system.
SAIT is committed to equity and diversity within its community and invites applications from all qualified applicants
SAIT’s vision is to be a global leader in applied education
System ID: 2016-23668
Job Classification: Project Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time Permanent
Employee Group: APT - Exempt
Department: Communications & Marketing
Post End Date: 12/7/2016