• Ontario
  • Type: Full Time
  • Waterloo

WLU Faculty Association

Date: Jan 17, 2023
Location: Waterloo, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Job Type: Continuing
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)
Campus: Waterloo
Employee Group: CUPE 1281

Application Deadline: The hiring committee will begin considering applications January 30th 2023. Applications received after that date will also be considered by the committee until the posting is filled. The committee’s anticipated start date is February 13 2023.

Requisition ID: 4977

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent for full time faculty, contract faculty and full and part-time professional librarians at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Communications Officer furthers WLUFA’s efforts to embrace the principles of Indigeneity, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and to better understand the diversity and needs of WLUFA Members, especially in relation to its communication strategies. The incumbent develops and implements a comprehensive communications and member mobilization strategy that engages WLUFA Members and extends WLUFA’s profile within and outside the university

Specific Duties

  • Engage members, including leadership identification and membership mapping. Develop and coordinate events, campaigns and other activities designed to increase member involvement using a combination of traditional approaches and digital strategies.
  • Provide updates and insight on the activities of WLUFA, OCUFA, CAUT and other Faculty Associations, with particular emphasis on member mobilization.
  • Develop and maintain WLUFA’s social media presence, website, and overall profile.
  • Design and create content for Association communications and campaigns designed to increase member involvement including but not limited to media releases, newsletter articles, op-eds, internal communications, and community outreach materials
  • Work with other WLUFA staff to manage the preparation and distribution of documents including but not limited to newsletters, pamphlets, bulletins, and handbooks.
  • Ensure that communication plans and platforms are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Work with all of WLUFA’s committees and bargaining teams to ensure the dissemination of their work to Members and external stakeholders
  • Develop a standard welcome package/ presentation for new members
  • Support and mobilize around provincial and national equity campaigns
  • Carry out other duties that may be assigned from time to time as the needs and or circumstances of WLUFA change (such duties shall be discussed prior to assignment to ensure compatibility with workload and expertise).

Qualifications and skills

  • Experience in mobilization related to collective bargaining or social justice action
  • Evidence of amplifying the voices of equity-deserving groups, especially the voices of Indigenous and Black peoples
  • An understanding of AODA and other accessibility consideration for both web and print communications
  • Preferably, a diploma or bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, labour studies, social justice, human rights, or a related discipline.
  • A minimum of three years’ full time work experience (or its equivalent) in communications, community and or labour organizing, post secondary education, media relations, public affairs, and/ or journalism
  • An understanding of and commitment to post secondary education and trade unionism
  • Excellent written and technical communication skills, including proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, and preparing print and electronic publications
  • Proven success in the use of social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and website design and management and ideally experience in running one or more social media platforms for an organization or union
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, time management, and prioritizing skills in a multitask environment
  • Ideally experience in planning and implementing communication strategies with creativity and imagination

Hours of work: This is a full-time, continuing position. Regular hours of work are 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.


Grade: 07

Rate of pay: $32.65 – $38.41 per hour, based on a 35 hour work week

The hiring committee will begin considering applications January 30th 2023. Applications received after that date will also be considered by the committee until the posting is filled. The committee’s anticipated start date is February 13 2023.

Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of WLUFA’s core values. WLUFA is committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and welcomes, in particular, applications from candidates who identify as members of the BIPOC community. We have strived to make our application process accessible; however, if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at careers.wlu.ca/content/How-to-Apply-/

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit www.wlu.ca/careers for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a résumé, cover letter and a sample of your work will be required in electronic form.

If you apply to this post because you saw it here, please mention that you saw the notice at the CALM Job Board on your cover letter.

To apply for this job please visit careers.wlu.ca.