June  18, 2021
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Associate Director, Media Relations

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Associate Director, Media Relations REF#: JG31394
Western University
Location: London, Ontario
Posted: June 1, 2021
Deadline: June 21, 2021


Associate Director, Media Relations

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

Unit Overview

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.


Reporting to the Executive Director, Editorial Strategy and Media Relations, the Associate Director, Media Relations will play a strategic role in designing, implementing and managing media relations efforts that positively position Western locally, nationally and internationally

The Associate Director, Media Relations will develop and execute proactive media relations strategies that promote and enhance Western’s reputation, and that strengthen its brand in alignment with the University’s strategic vision. In addition, this role will liaise with, and provide media relations guidance to various leaders across campus.

This position will also provide strategic and integrated leadership to staff, while articulating a clear vision which supports and empowers staff to excel.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has an undergraduate degree in journalism, public relations, communications, or related field, with seven years’ experience in media relations, delivering strategic content to a range of audiences via diverse channels on behalf of a publicly visible organization.

You have in-depth knowledge of theory and best practices in media relations; familiarity with the current media landscape in Canada; awareness of international media markets; and proven leadership skills to guide and develop a dynamic and successful team.

Exceptional media and editing skills and solid communications judgment are critical, allowing you to present and package information to maximize interest.

You have a demonstrated ability to collaborate with various stakeholders, and successfully lead and manage projects within budget and timelines.

Application Process

Interested applicants are asked to visit: https://recruit.uwo.ca for further information and to apply online, reference job #22889  by midnight on June 17, 2021

Western Values Diversity

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, Aboriginal 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 acknowledged.

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