Athabasca University (“AU”) is a global leader in online and distributed learning serving more than 40,000 students in every province and territory in Canada and in over 90 countries around the world. As Canada’s only digital learning university, created by Alberta innovators, Athabasca University’s classrooms, collaboration spaces, and student hubs are not bricks and mortar, but Cloud and Code.

We are currently recruiting an Associate Vice President (AVP), Communications and Marketing, to act as an essential partner to the Vice President, University Relations and other senior leaders of the university driving positive change. The AVP will help foster internal campus pride and promote AU’s I-CARE values to enable the achievement of institutional goals and priorities.

With a team complement of 29, the AVP has full leadership and supervisory authority for both the Communications unit and the Prospective Student Relations unit. Marketing and Communication is central to the successful implementation of the university’s Imagine Plan. The incumbent has direct impact to the value and success of the university’s leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key stakeholders, including corporate and government partners to enhance AU’s brand.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A post-graduate degree in Marketing and or Communications with seven or more years of experience in senior management in marketing and or communication division in a post- secondary institution or related industry.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic communications, media relations and marketing programs to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with brand strategy, integrated marketing, media relations, crisis communication, market research, and web best practices in planning, writing, editing and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories for undergraduate, graduate education markets.
  • Demonstrated success in increasingly responsible positions and as a change agent.
    Extensive successful writing, editing and producing experience within a variety of communications media

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If you hold these qualifications and you are looking to be part of a dynamic senior leadership team embarking on a mission fuelled by a new and innovative strategic plan, please contact Julie Barron with The Vogel Group either at 780.665.4965 ext. 103 or to receive a full Position Profile.

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