Communications Editor

McGill University

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Position Summary:
Promote and present a consistent image of McGill as a major institution of international calibre. Develop and implement communication services consistent with the University’s mission and objectives, including news, public relations, social media, translation, graphic design, audio-visual, photography, web and multimedia. Maximize philanthropic support and increase alumni involvement by promoting strong relationships with donors, alumni, volunteers, students, employees, external organizations, government, and communities of interest. Organize conferences, symposia, workshops, campaigns and fundraising events. Publish manuscripts, books, textbooks, magazines, brochures and newsletters. Develop advertising, sales and marketing techniques and practices.

Primary Responsibilities:

KEY ROLES: Administer, analyse, supervise, manage or direct the activities related to the University’s communications services. Promote McGill’s research, teaching, innovations and accomplishments. Produce communication material and offer multimedia services including live web-streams, video conferencing, photography, audio-visual, and graphic design. Plan events such as conferences, symposia, workshops, press conferences, fairs, exhibits, alumni fundraising events and other activities. Maintain websites and promote McGill using social media platforms. Promote McGill’s alumni relations, fundraising and public relations.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS: (i) Perform and organize activities to support the daily operations of the unit by ensuring that administrative services are carried out in accordance with established goals and objectives. (ii) Implement administrative procedures or systems that are moderately complex in support of the faculty, department or unit’s operations and ensure activities meet or exceed established quality requirements. (iii) Apply the most appropriate procedure to meet the needs of the unit and requirements of the client, based on information received. (iv) Research, write and edit short articles, biographies, press material, and bibliographies. (v) Verify facts to ensure accuracy of the information. (vi) Edit and proofread documents in various stages of production. (vii) Compile statistics and data for inclusion in reports. Update documents and reports, either in print or on the website. (viii) Plan meetings, conferences, luncheons and fundraising events. Record and distribute minutes. (ix) Prepare and administer budget related to events. (x) Select external suppliers for events and catering and ensure costs are within established guidelines and budget. (xi) Prepare and disseminate information concerning events through documentation, website, and posters. (xii) Create a variety of multimedia products using specialized software and graphic programs. (xiii) Assist in the design of websites, maintain content and produce social media feeds (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), while ensuring information is accurate and complete. (xiv) Respond to requests for information or interviews from the media, or forward them to the appropriate person. (xv) Establish and foster effective working relationships by identifying needs and providing support in the delivery of services. (xvi) Assess and resolve problems. When appropriate, inform supervisor and formulate recommendations. (xvii) Attend meetings. (xviii) Supervise support staff or oversee the work of employees, including casuals and volunteers. Assist employees in their training.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: — Three (3) years’ related experience

Minimum Education and Experience:

DEC III 3 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 02) $47,030.00 – $58,790.00 – $70,550.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


Academic Associate

Position End Date (If applicable):

Deadline to Apply:


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [email protected] .

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