Advisor and Deputy Spokesperson

Advisor and Deputy Spokesperson

Advisor and Deputy Spokesperson (CPM-11254)

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 53,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

We are currently recruiting for an Advisor and Deputy Spokesperson to work with Communications & Public Affairs Division for this exciting opportunity.

Do you possess several years of experience in media relations, public relations and issues management? Do you possess superior writing, research, interview and communication skills as well as knowledge of Canadian press standards? Are you able to distill complex research into clear language? Are you able to demonstrate the ability to work through conflicting leadership opinions on positioning projects to a diplomatic resolution? If so, keep reading!

In this role, you will provide consistent, senior and strategic media relations support and counsel to senior leaders in the University, including department heads and senior officials. As the lead strategist on issues management and sensitive media requests, and with a strong understanding of how issues are likely to play out in the media, provides positioning advice and plans, designs and executes media relations programs to mitigate reputational risk. In addition, provides strategic positioning advice based on media requests and media opportunities. S/he represents the CS&DMR in management-level committees to ensure that University Executive Committee members remain well-briefed and are well-prepared for media interviews or events. The Advisor and Deputy Spokesperson works to enhance the reputation and public image of York University through strategic media relations, executes media relations strategies approved by the University executives, identifies media relations opportunities that are consistent with University priorities and proactively promotes research and other academic work being done at York.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will possess:

An Undergraduate degree in journalism, mass communication or other relevant area of study required and extensive experience in media relations, public relations, issues management and/or communications. In addition, the successful incumbent will possess a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience in media relations, public relations, issues management, at increasingly senior management levels.

Experience to include

  • Navigate crisis and issues management, institutional communications and experience leading project teams with strong management and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in a comparable public-sector institution operating within a unionized environment preferred

To apply to this exciting opportunity or for full position details, qualifications and application procedures go to and refer to posting# CPM-11254. We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit:

York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. York University is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment. York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation. Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alexandria Shannon

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