April  15, 2021
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News Manager & Deputy Spokesperson

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News Manager & Deputy Spokesperson REF#: JG31314
York University
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: March 24, 2021
Deadline: April 30, 2021


York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

Communications & Public Affairs (C&PA) is responsible for advancing York University's brand and reputation by providing strategic advice and counsel to York senior management, disseminating news, developing and implementing internal and external institutional communication plans and strategies,  marketing communications, special events,  and developing strong relationships with key stakeholders. 

We are looking for a senior strategic external communications and media relations professional, with deep knowledge and expertise, a passion for high quality writing and content creation, and exceptional judgement.

Reporting to the Chief Spokesperson and Director, Media Relations and External Communications, the News Manager and Deputy Spokesperson must be a hands-on contributor who works well under pressure, often driven by tight deadlines. They will help lead York’s media relations and external communications team, managing the daily work-flow of Media Relations and Public Relations team members. The News Manager and Deputy Spokesperson will work with York’s senior leaders to enhance the reputation of the University through compelling reputation-enhancing news and storytelling opportunities, play a role in issues management as needed, and act as a University Spokesperson when required. 

The News Manager and Deputy Spokesperson will infuse strategic external communications and media relations input into pan-university initiatives and projects through plans and cross-functional teams, and have a laser-like focus on maintaining and growing York’s proactive media relations and external communications program. As a thoughtful collaborator, experienced team-leader, and gifted writer, you will help shape York’s brand in the external landscape through news and media relations opportunities, public relations, and external communications, across all external channels.

As a member of York’s CPM staff, the News Manager and Deputy Spokesperson will actively champion a culture of respect, collegiality, equity, and inclusion.


  • Undergraduate degree in journalism or mass communication, post-graduate degree preferred or extensive experience in journalism, public relations and/or communications.
  • Minimum of seven years of related experience in communications, journalism, project management, public relations, at increasingly senior management levels. 
  • Experience to include public relations, media relations, issues management, external communications, institutional communications and experience leading teams with strong management and leadership skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in a comparable public-sector institution operating within a unionized environment preferred.

For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the External Career Portal (www.yorku.ca/jobs) and refer to posting 102629.

We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit: http://hr.info.yorku.ca/benefits/

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.

York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.

We are committed to enhancing our environmentally and socially responsible practices for the benefit of all members of the York community. Our long-term perspective recognizes our responsibility to be innovators and to continually work as a community to reduce our ecological impact.

Please apply online through the YorkU career portal.

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