Director – Communications and Marketing

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Director, Communications and Marketing to work in an industry-driven research environment.  Vineland is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples, this territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. 

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others.  In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Communications and Marketing is responsible for developing and implementing communications, marketing and brand strategies; defining and promoting the corporate brand; directing all communications with partners, stakeholders and businesses. 

Working with Vineland’s Senior Management Team, the Director Business and Client Development (BCD) and program leaders, the Director develops goals, strategies and implementation plans to execute a comprehensive and cohesive marketing plan for all of Vineland’s initiatives and to promote its research and innovation programs, capabilities and outcomes. Marketing goals include maintaining Vineland’s brand integrity and strategically positioning Vineland as a trusted source for research and innovation for the horticulture industry.


(A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request)

  • Develop a communications and marketing strategy which aligns with Vineland’s corporate strategy
  • Lead the development and implementation of communication plans and strategies to support business and operational activities while ensuring consistency in key messages and brand identity
  • Oversee the development, management and maintenance of all online communication vehicles, including but not limited to: Vineland’s website, emails and online social media (including LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs etc.)
  • Create a positive work environment and culture by developing, mentoring and coaching the Communications and Marketing team


With your strategic leadership experience in a senior communications and marketing role, you are able to merge science/engineering with business and leverage networks to advance relationships with industry partners.  You will hold a degree in journalism, public relations, communications or business administration along with:

  • Excellent working knowledge of communications and marketing principles, tactics and tools with strong strategic, analytic and creative judgment skills
  • Knowledge of science/innovation media
  • Experience in writing copy for on-line and hardcopy communication media
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple initiatives at once
  • Applied knowledge of leadership, management and team motivation principles and practices with demonstrated experience in managing people
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, team environment with quickly shifting priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate relationships across multiple departments


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references
Full Time Position
Closing date: Open until filled
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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