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Director, Communications and Marketing

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

Marketing & Communications
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Who We Are

  • We are a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future. Our purpose—the essence of SFU—is to create and connect knowledge, learning and community for deeper understanding and meaningful impact.
  • We are committed to fostering excellence, innovation, belonging and community in all that we do.

In the SFU School of Medicine, we are committed to shaping the future of healthcare through innovative education, ground-breaking research, and community engagement. As we embark on this journey to redefine medical education, we are seeking passionate individuals who are eager to contribute to our mission.

We envision a medical education system where students and residents learn as part of a team in primary care, community-level settings and patient-centred environments. Our curriculum considers social, environmental and prevention contexts while seeking to advance reconciliation by embedding and equalizing Indigenous knowledge systems in our learning, research and practices. As we establish the school in Surrey, B.C., we will foster our growing relationships with the local community, Fraser Health, First Nations Health Authority, physicians and Indigenous partners who will help us meet the diverse health needs of the communities we serve. We seek to improve access to primary care throughout the province while resting on a solid foundation of high-quality, accredited education and world-class research efforts that keep us oriented toward measurable and socially accountable outcomes.

About the Role

The Director, Communications and Marketing will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the communications and marketing strategy for the newly established School of Medicine. They will be a key advisor to the Faculty's senior leadership team while responsible for crafting and implementing a creative, integrated and
multi-channel marketing and communications strategy and program. The Director will establish and enhance the Faculty's brand presence, awareness and engagement within its core markets, communities and the general public. They will lead strategic and operational work to engage with target audiences and communities, facilitate external and internal communications activities, and deliver against the Faculty's strategic marketing and recruitment objectives.

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking and strategic leader with a passion for communications and marketing within a post-secondary or healthcare setting. They bring a combination of progressive experience that demonstrates establishing, overseeing and integrating communication and marketing activity while leading, directing and evaluating communication and marketing strategy. The candidate possesses a strong inclination in establishing and nurturing professional relationships with local, national and international media representatives, government and community partners and associations while managing a creative communication and marketing team.

Full Job Description


Master's degree in Communications and/or Marketing and six years of related experience, which includes experience in leading teams, managing complex projects and budget management, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Excellent knowledge of best practices in executing marketing strategies, including campaign setup, delegation of resources, project management, data-driven decision making and reporting performance results.
  • Excellent knowledge of best practices in branding, web and social media marketing, and communications. Good knowledge of current medical Faculty education and provincial health administration trends and practices in Canada and around the works, as well as socioeconomic and political changes.
  • Excellent team leadership, collaboration and consensus-building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a strong ability to interact and collaborate with diverse partnership groups.

What We Offer

At SFU, our goal is to ensure our people are valued and supported by promoting a healthy work-life balance, professional growth and development, as well as a safe and respectful workplace. We offer continuing employees who belong in the Administrative & Professional Staff Association (APSA):

  • 4 weeks’ vacation (prorated for the first year)*
  • Hybrid-work program for eligible positions
  • Employer paid defined benefit pension plan
  • On-campus tuition waiver for employees and their immediate family members*
  • Off-campus tuition reimbursements and professional development funds*
  • And more! View our benefits brochure

*Prorated for part-time employees

Additional Information

Please include your cover letter and resume in one attachment.

SFU is an equity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require any assistance or accommodations, please contact