Communications Consultant

  • Location: Saskatoon, SK
  • Department: Communications & Stewardship
  • Employment Terms: Full Time

Job Description

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation requires a temporary, part-time Communications Consultant to provide communications services including media relations, writing, editing, publication production and design supervision, social media management, and web site content production. This position plays a key role in executing donor-centric communications activities at SPH Foundation.

The successful candidate has one to three years of experience in the communications field with specific experience in: storytelling, media relations; publication production, social media marketing, project management and scheduling.

This is a .5 FTE temporary position from February 1 – December 31, 2019 with a salary range of $23,026 – $34,538 and an attractive benefit package.

Please apply in confidence before December 14, 2018 with resume and references to the Manager of Communications and Stewardship, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation at or mail to 1702 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Z9.

A criminal record check will be required.
We thank all applicants. Only those granted an interview will be contacted.

SPH Foundation was a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award recipient in 2017.

Full job description – SPHF & SPH Position

Communications Consultant (February 1 – December 31, 2019) .5 FTE Temporary Position)
Prepared August 2018
Pay grade 4 – $23,026 – $34,538 (.5 FTE)
$2,500 cash retention bonus paid at conclusion of term.

Position Summary

The Communications Consultant provides complete annual and Close To Home Campaign communications services to SPH Foundation. Services include writing, media relations, web site, social media, design supervision and print production. This position plays a key role in executing donor-centric communications activities at St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Position Created

The position of SPH Foundation Communications Consultant was created in December 2018.

SPHF Background

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Inc. was established in December 1982, in order to raise funds for expansion and improvement of the present facility. St. Paul’s Hospital was established in March of 1907.

Organizational Structure

Direct Reports:

  • to SPHF Board of Directors:
  • to SPH Foundation CEO:
  • to Manager of Finance and Operations:
  • to Manager of Major Giving
  • to Manager of Communications & Stewardship

Duties and Responsibilities

  • create inspiring content to support fund raising activities
  • research and development of case materials that convey complex, sensitive and technical information to non-technical, less knowledgeable audiences;
  • interview donors, volunteers, patients and families and hospital staff;
  • writing and editing compelling donor stories;
  • writing and editing accurate and accessible fund raising program information;
  • develop support materials for fund raising volunteers such as fact sheets, briefing materials and PowerPoint presentations;
  • develop and publish web site and social media content;
  • media relations including: media liaison and writing media advisories, media releases, public services announcements, backgrounders, fact sheets and information packages;
  • develop and submit content for partner and stakeholder newsletters;
  • editing and proofreading communications content;
  • liaison with contract suppliers (agencies, graphic designers, photographers, printers, media suppliers) to support the development and distribution of print material, advertising; and
  • event support including writing speaking notes and agendas, developing power point presentations, and developing support materials such as posters, tent card, invitations.


  • perform research and interview story subjects;
  • writing and content production;
  • project management, scheduling and coordination;
  • edit, proofread and fact check written documents;
  • ensure assignments and responsibilities are carried out with promptness and integrity;
  • meet weekly or as necessary with the Manager of Communications or designate;
  • establish and maintain good public relations with internal and external contacts in order to reflect a positive image of the Foundation office;
  • liaison with production suppliers;
  • perform other duties as required; and
  • ensure that the Foundation is well represented at all times.

Continuity of Service

Work with the CEO to ensure that continuity of service is maintained in the absence of the Manager of Communications and Stewardship.


Degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or related field.

Experience Required
One to three years of experience in a communications field with specific experience in: storytelling, media relations; publication production, social media marketing, project management and scheduling.

Professional Standards

Commitment to professional standards and ethical guidelines set by philanthropic organizations. Commitment to the mission, vision and values of St. Paul’s Hospital.

Skills Required

  • positive energy, honesty and integrity;
  • self-motivated, energetic and committed;
  • self starter with ability to work independently and also as part of a team;
  • proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines while juggling multiple tasks and priorities;
  • ability to multi-task and adapt to rapid changes and demands;
  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • computer and Microsoft Office experience including spreadsheet and desktop applications;
  • social media content and posting experience;
  • web site content management system experience;
  • understanding of confidentiality and privacy issues;
  • demonstrated respect for those most in need and a respect of Catholic health care traditions;
  • a demonstrated interest or experience in philanthropy and/or health care; and
  • desktop publishing experience (graphics, layout) will be considered an asset.
  • Google Analytics experience will be considered an asset.

Position Challenges:

This is a fast paced, high profile position requiring stamina to meet deadline demands. The Communications Consultant must have the ability to interact with everyone they come in contact with in a pleasant manner and positively representing the Foundation and the Hospital. They are expected to be a self-starter who is motivated to commence initiatives and complete assignments under minimal supervision. An understanding of the key concepts, terms and tools of philanthropy is preferred.

The Communications Consultant should be able to:

  • communicate well, both verbally and in writing;
  • attend early morning, weekend and/or evening meetings;
  • deal with pressure to meet deadlines;
  • be accurate while handling constantly changing situations;
  • create a positive work environment;
  • deal with a variety of people, including donors, volunteers and Hospital staff;
  • handle stressful situations with a positive outlook;
  • give, receive, and analyze information;
  • gain new skills and knowledge necessary for the performance of job functions.
  • pay attention to detail;

Job Environment:

The scope of this position requires regular contact with Foundation employees, Hospital employees, volunteers, donors, and media.

Communications Officer (Alumni Relations)

  • Location: Saskatoon, SK
  • Department: University Relations
  • Employment Terms: Full Time

Job Description

There is 2 opening for this posting. Located in Saskatoon. Note: the department is hiring two people for two identical positions.

FTE: 1.0
Status: Permanent
Requisition: req3504
Open Date: 11/9/2018
Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is CAD $62,850.00 – 98,205.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The Communications Officer works as part of the alumni relations communications team to plan, executive and evaluate strategic communications initiatives that support Alumni Relations priorities and programs. The primary goal of the position is to support the alumni relations goals with effective and high-impact communications in order to build and maintain a positive reputation for the university and within the university’s over 155,000 global alumni network. Work should be aligned with the Alumni Action Plan, University Relation’s strategic plan and the overall University Plan.

This individual in this position is an employee of University Relations and will specialize in communications for the alumni relations portfolio. The Communications Officer reports to the Director of University Communications, working closely with the Alumni Relations Communications Specialist, Editor, the Associate Vice-President of Alumni Relations, and the entire alumni relations team. The incumbent is a member of the university’s broader Marketing and Communications team. The position is based in Saskatoon.

Nature of Work: The position involves considerable judgment and discretionary decision-making in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of multiple communications plans. The incumbent will work both independently and collaboratively within University Relations, alumni relations (and other) staff based in the colleges, as well as interact with other campus units as needed. It is expected that all work will be coordinated appropriately between college-based and central channels to ensure the maximum benefit to both the college and university. It is expected that the individual develop a solid understanding of Alumni Relations’ mandate, programs, culture and stakeholders. It is critical that the individual establish and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, partner organizations, and media, among others. Consequence of error is significant to the reputation of the college and university. The environment is dynamic and fast-paced. The position may require some travel and occasional work in evenings and on weekends.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate integrated marketing and communications plans and campaigns for a broad range of central and college-based Alumni Relations programs, events, initiatives and projects.
  • Conceptualize, seek out and create stories and visual (e.g. photos, video) content that celebrates alumni successes and stories and builds pride for alumni and the university, written in accessible language that is appropriate for various mediums.
  • Working closely with the marketing team to create branded publications and materials, such as banners, promotional materials, swag, event invitations, booklets, publications, etc.)
  • Manage and provide content for alumni relations websites and social media channels, ensure channels are audience-centered, follow best practices and that content is accurate and updated regularly.
  • Prepares speaking notes and ensures that alumni key messages are infused in communications across the university, as appropriate.
  • Measures effectiveness of communications plans and applies learning to future initiatives, with guidance and support from University Relations
  • Manages budget for communications and alumni relations, ensures effective use of resources, follows all university guidelines
  • Stewardship of the U of S brand and visual identity
  • Keeps informed of and follows communications and alumni relations best practices, learns from and shares with colleagues across campus, and participates in training as appropriate.


Education: An undergraduate university degree, preferably in communications, marketing, journalism or related field. An equivalent level of education and experience may be considered. Credentials and professional designations through IABC or CPRS would considered an asset.

Experience: Five years of directly related experience with a demonstrated progression in level of responsibility, including a breadth of experience developing, leading, and implementing all areas of strategic communications and/or marketing. Knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan, the academic environment and/or alumni relations would be an asset.


  • Excellent writing and editing abilities, careful attention to detail and proofreading skills
  • Ability to conceptualize and create stories/content for a variety of channels, including web, social media, media, print, etc.
  • Understanding of online communications, social media, marketing
  • Thorough understanding of communications principles and strategies, proven experience in applying them and achieving results in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated leadership, analytical and organizational skills, including the effective planning and management of multiple projects, able to adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly effective interpersonal communications, with the capacity to build consensus and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, exercising diplomacy, judgment and tact, and to act confidentially and with cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Photography and/or video skills would be an asset
  • Effective planning and management of multiple projects and events
  • Experience with Indigenous audiences, knowledge, cultural competency would be an asset
  • Experience with, or an understanding of, alumni would be an asset

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Kris Foster at

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA).

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