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Chief Communications Officer And Associate Vice President

Job ID68-8D-07-5A-65-A2
CompanyWestern University
Date Posted2019-10-17
Posted Until2020-04-14
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryEducation
Western’s vision is to be a destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds seeking the best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university. Combining more than 1,400 faculty, 2500 administrative staff, and 32,500 FTE students (including more than 6,000 graduate students), Western has established itself as a globally recognized destination for academic excellence and leadership development achieved through learning and research. Through 11 Faculties and Schools, and three affiliated University Colleges, Western’s vibrant centre of learning offers its undergraduate students more than 400 specializations, majors, and minors, as well as innovative modular degree structures allowing them to combine numerous disciplines. In graduate education, Western offers 53 Doctoral and 83 Master’s programs. For more information about Western, visit

Western now invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Communications Officer (CCO)

Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor, and a key member of the University’s senior leadership team, the Chief Communications Officer is accountable for providing campus-wide vision and leadership to support and advance Western’s reputation and strategic institutional objectives. Working closely with the President, Vice-Presidents, Board of Governors, and other senior academic and administrative leaders, the CCO will provide leadership and strategic direction for the University’s communications, issues management and media relations, and marketing and branding initiatives, ensuring alignment with Western’s institution-wide strategic plan.

This critical appointment for Western calls for a visionary, strategic, collaborative and imaginative leader—someone who is energized by the opportunity to deliver on the mandate of the Communications portfolio, in support of strengthening and protecting Western’s brand and its reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, both nationally and globally. Managing a large staff and operating in a sophisticated and decentralized environment, the new CCO will possess significant leadership and management experience and will have a track record of success in leading a dynamic communications portfolio in a complex multi-stakeholder institution.
Candidate must also possess an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

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 with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process by contacting our search consultant (see below). In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
How To ApplyTo explore this significant human resources leadership position at Western University further, please contact Jane Griffith or Camille Petitti at or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at