Building McMaster’s reputation in an increasingly competitive and global environment requires focus, ambition, and foresight. Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats is an ambitious and high priority program that builds on more than 15 years of McMaster’s world-leading expertise in infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, pandemics and preparing for the biological threats we may face in the future.
The Special Advisor will be a leader in helping to ensure that McMaster is looking at the near, medium and long terms in strengthening the worldwide reputation of the Global Nexus project through innovative communications initiatives. It will help position the Global Nexus at the vanguard of public, government and media discussion. The Special Advisor will play an important role in the initiative’s success.
McMaster has an incredible history of innovation and excellence and is uniquely able to bring together a vast array of researchers from a range of disciplines to make Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats an international leader. The Special Advisor will be instrumental in building the reputation of Global Nexus and the activities of the cross-university team of researchers that are part of its current and future success. In that same tradition, Communications and Public Affairs has a strong track record of breaking new ground and launching innovative programs and approaches in building reputation on a national and international scale. This role will be fully embedded in the Global Nexus project and will be accountable for achieving the project and university’s goals.
Success in the role requires comprehensive strategies that create unique and integrated approaches to help Canada’s Global Nexus achieve its national and international reputational aspirations. While drawing on the expertise and communication channels of the university, the role will be encouraged to take bold and ambitious approaches to its work and to develop and execute strategies that increasingly place the project and the university in ever increasing circles of influence within the Canadian and international environment. McMaster is ambitious to be a leader in finding new ways to raise its reputation through innovative strategies that both adjust to but more importantly anticipate the changing landscapes in which the university competes for researchers, funding and partnerships.
Key Responsibilities and Priorities
- Develop annual plans and a longer-term strategy that build the Global Nexus project’s ability to significantly advance its reputation in a rapidly changing media and influencer environment
- Utilize pre-existing and new relationships with media, influencers, and others to achieve national and international profile
- Work effectively with the Global Nexus Lead, researchers and others across the university to generate and maximize opportunities to build reputation and recognition and develop new opportunities for Canada’s Global Nexus
- Research media and new communication trends and best practices to identify short and long-term opportunities to enhance the project approach to and measurement of its reputational development
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the university’s communication, marketing, government relations and fundraising strategies and reputational goals and identify ways to effectively integrate with these teams and others across the university to achieve objectives
- Proactively develop external and internal relationships to deliver leading edge and strategic media and influencer strategies and platforms
- Actively support the communications, fundraising and government relations work connected to the project
- Help McMaster maintain its history of being a leader in communication innovation and its approach to reputational development
- Provide leadership and creative solutions that build on communication and marketing programs and that utilize a variety of communication platforms
- Maintain the highest standards for quality of work and develop productive and collegial working relationships across the university
How To Apply
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