Communications Officer — Development

  • Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: June 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

About the Job:

The Communications Officer — Development will support the implementation of the Lost Alumni Project, through which the university will engage with graduates of its predecessor institutions (University College of Cape Breton, College of Cape Breton, Xavier Junior College) via social media and community engagement sessions. The goal is to establish a relationship with “lost” alumni as we approach our 50th anniversary as a self-governing post-secondary institution


  • Review, edit, and finalize the draft communications strategy.
  • Prepare a schedule of engagement via various channels (social media, print) and community events.
  • Select, write, and edit content to be posted on social media, printed in the newspaper, or displayed at community events.
  • Where necessary, prepare content for use in digital format (digitization of yearbook photos).
  • Collaborate with the Communications Specialist to schedule social media posts and place content in the local newspaper.
  • Collaborate with Annual Giving Specialist and Institutional Advancement Officer to hold community engagement sessions (in collaboration with recruitment or other scheduled events where possible).
  • As new information is collected, direct it to the CRM Specialist for capture in the alumni database.


• undergraduate degree or in final year of undergraduate program
• ability to work independently in a remote-work environment
• strong grasp of technologies available for remote-working and project management
• excellent written communication skills
• exceptional social media skills
• preference given to candidates with fundraising/development experience

Canada Summer Jobs Eligibility:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
• have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
• The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.
• International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.
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Rate of pay: dependant on education and experience

Closing date:

Thursday, June 11 at 5pm

How to apply:

Send your resume and a one-page memo outlining how you meet the six qualifications using one specific example for each to