Communications Officer

McGill University

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Faculty of Science

Position Title:

Reporting to the Director of Administration and Operations for the Faculty of Science, the Communications Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Faculty’s communication strategies that effectively describe and promote the Faculty. The Communications Officer will participate in the establishment and strategic direction and vision of the Faculty and create the necessary supportive communication strategy and publications to promote the Faculty therewith. The Communications Officer will also be responsible for creating new media and social media opportunities and channels to increase the Faculty’s visibility within McGill, locally, nationally and, over time, internationally. Collaborates with central Communications and External Relations units including the McGill Media Relations Office, departments and affiliated units of the Faculty, Faculty Advisory Board, and other University colleagues, as well as with external communications providers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assess the context and objectives of the Faculty and translate into communications objectives.

  • Collaborate with the central communications team and act as a conduit for Faculty-related strategy, news and information.

  • Advise Dean and Faculty senior management on appropriate communications strategies and tactics

  • Continue to implement the Faculty’s communications strategy to build awareness of Faculty research, people and students, publications, events and other initiatives, consistent with the University’s and Faculty of Science’s missions and strategic direction.  Identify new directions within the communications portfolio to support Faculty priorities.

  • Articulate and communicate the Faculty story and messages in a manner that is consistent with the Faculty’s vision, mission and   objectives.

  • Create and develop content for a variety of media, including written, photographic, graphic design and video for both external and internal audiences, ensuring it is aligned with Faculty and the University objectives.

  • Identify and optimize the most appropriate social media to support Faculty objectives.

  • Participate in the development of web communications strategies and project plans.

  • Manage social media content for student engagement, recruitment and alumni relations (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Keep current with best practices and new tools in the rapidly changing field of web communications, design, multimedia and social media.

  • Responsible for the writing and prioritization thereof moderating of blog posts, articles, newsletters, communications materials, and material for digital platforms (Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.)

  • Providing coaching and guidance on writing content, organization of web pages and information for faculty and department web editors. Deliver training and provide guidance to departments on the maintenance of their own websites, sections, and pages.

  • Assist the Faculty to meet strategic objectives regarding its educational programs, research activities, public seminars, and professional development workshops.

  • Coordinate with graphic artists, photographers, videographers, translators, printers, etc.

  • Liaise with Faculty stakeholders (current and potential students, staff, etc.) to proactively identify external and internal communications opportunities and challenges.

  • Support the work of the University’s Media Relations Office by identifying and providing information on research and other subjects of interest to the media and facilitating liaison with Faculty experts.

  • Provide guidance on key messages for speaking opportunities, events and announcements that have a major impact on the Faculty and University’s reputation.

  • Redesign and manage the content of the main Faculty of Science website ensuring information is accurate, complete and allows users to find information easily.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

  • Minimum of five years of experience in a communications role, including working with electronic communications such as social media.

  • University degree in a communications field preferred. 

  • Work experience in a research, educational or health care setting is an asset.

  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to make science palpable to a wide ranging audience.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, both for internal and external relations, including tact, diplomacy, discretion and good judgment.

  • Understanding of what subjects are of interest to local and new media.

  • Strong strategic communications/media planning and implementation experience.

  • Detail-oriented and organized, and able to set priorities, multitask, work independently under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Experience in supervising and managing staff .

  • Demonstrated ability to concurrently accomplish organizational goals, while navigating within a larger organization among multiple stakeholders and audiences.

  • Experience overseeing and proofing creative concepts and artwork for print and online publication.

  • High level of proficiency in English and French (written and spoken).

  • Proficient using MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel). Working knowledge of web, content management and social media applications (e.g., Drupal, WordPress, Hootsuite, Joomla, etc.). 

  • Familiarity with HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, Creative Style Sheets and Flash an asset.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 04) $58,470.00 – $73,090.00 – $87,710.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


Director of Administration and Operations

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