Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

Senior Communications Consultant


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The Senior Communications Consultant is an experienced professional who will provide communications support for the university's senior leadership team under the direction of the Associate Director, Strategic Communications.

The Senior Communications Officer will function as a generalist, having the ability to provide a range of communication services that support communications to both internal and external audiences. Such services may include communication planning, media relations, event coordination, and writing for internal and external channels, including social media.

Work priorities will be determined in consultation with the Associate Director, Strategic Communications.


  • Provide strategic advice and tactical communications support for various initiatives stemming from the university's senior leadership team or their direct reports.
  • Regularly liaise with various units that report up to the senior leadership team to keep abreast of initiatives, issues, and seek opportunities for proactive communications.
  • Build and maintain a positive image for the university through the proactive communication of initiatives to a variety of stakeholders through strategic communication plan development, and at times, through issues management under the direction of the Associate Director, Strategic Communications.
  • Manage and update the internal and external website presence of members of the senior leadership team, and specific projects pages under the direction of the Associate Director.
  • Provide communications-related workshops, including media training, in collaboration with the Associate Director, Strategic Communications.
  • Support response to media queries during the day, and after-hours when needed.
  • Assist the Associate Director, Strategic Communications on major institutional announcements and events, including support with communications material development, gathering information and fact checking.
  • Support the Associate Director with crisis communications as required.
  • Provide communications support to the senior leadership team, under the guidance of the Associate Vice-President Marketing & Communications, in the Associate Director's absence.
  • REPORTS TO Associate Director, Strategic Communications



  • A Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or a related discipline

  • Seven (7) years working in a communications-related field
  • Experience working with middle and senior management level leaders preferred
  • Proven ability to produce and implement communications plans
  • A proven track record in a complex, multi-stakeholder, fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing skills, with attention to accuracy, and detail
  • Ability to write in varied tones and formats, to reach diverse stakeholder audiences
  • Experience in internal and external communications, media relations and issues management.
  • Demonstrated skills in social media channels
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently, and within a team
  • Proven track record in handling sensitive and confidential issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Pay Band

    $84,467.00 - $96,263.00 ( Admin Pay Band BH )


    Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

    # of Hires Needed


    Organizational Unit

    Thompson Rivers University -> Marketing and Communications

    Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

    Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.

    Job details


    Senior Communications Consultant


    Thompson Rivers University




    February 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 22, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Social Science

    About the employer

    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 as a public academic and Research University. Located in Kamloops, BC, Canada is the main campus of the university. Many global leaders and people in business have graduated from TRU. It has distance and online education programs with TRU Open Learning division.

    The inaugural convocation of TRU was held on March 31, 2005. The first official visit at the university was made by Prime Minister Paul Martin. On-campus, 15,500 students are studying a variety of programs.

    Programs are from these schools and faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Adventure, School of Business and Economics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Tourism, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Student Development, and School of Trades and Technology.

    The university is in the vicinity of the commercial districts and residential areas. And next door to Tournament Capital Center that is Kamloops' biggest recreational centre. Also, the University offers various outdoor adventures and cultural activities around its campus.

    With TRU's World division, they have many international partners. With 26,000 studying students on the campus or through distance and online learning, the university provide 140 on-campus programs and 60 open learning programs. It has 2000+ employees including academic faculty, staff and administration.

    TRU provides its students with academic research, extracurricular activities for community services. Most students from are from China, India and Saudi Arabia with other 70 countries.

    33,000+ Canadian Alumni and 15,000+ International Alumni have graduated from TRU's undergraduate, graduate and vocational training programs. The TRU Alum stay connected with AlumNights that happen in Vancouver and Victoria. The notable alumni of TRU are Canadian actor Lorne Cardinal, Canadian novelist and former professor at the University of British Columbia, Steven Galloway; and Kamar Burke, Canadian retired professional basketball player.

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