Institutional Awards Officer

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) main campus is located in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. USask is one of the top research-intensive, medical doctoral universities in Canada, and is home to world-leading research  in areas of global importance, such as water and food security and infectious diseases.

Research Profile and Impact, one of four support units within the Office of the Vice-President Research, leads strategic research storytelling across the university —through print, video, web, social media, advertisements, speeches, op-eds, and events—working with the university’s broader communications network to share the findings and impact of USask research and build profile for the university.

Primary Purpose: The Institutional Awards Officer plays a critical role in telling the university’s research story, leading a central strategy to secure prestigious national and international awards, and advancing the university’s placement across several university rankings systems.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director, Research Profile and Impact, this position works with many campus stakeholders – including the VP Research, Deans, Associate Deans Research, Centre Directors, Research Facilitators, Manager of University Rankings, and communications professionals. This position plays a leading role in developing and implementing institutional processes and supports resulting in the successful creation of high-quality nomination packages for national and international awards, particularly those that are used to evaluate the university’s placement in university ranking systems. This position also supports communications, engages media, and fosters partnerships that advance the university’s reputation and profile as a research-intensive university.

Work is self-directed and deadline driven. Occasionally, there may be a requirement to work outside of standard hours. The incumbent will be expected to manage their own workload and set priorities to achieve results and meet targets.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:
The Institutional Awards Officer is responsible for:

1.       Institutional Awards and Nominations

  • Develop an institutional strategy that identifies high performing faculty, capitalizes on career-stage appropriate recognitions, and creates mechanisms to support and enhance the storytelling, recognition, and celebration of the accomplishments of USask artists, scholars, and researchers.
  • Collaborate with various campus stakeholders and draw upon examples of leading practices at other U15 institutions, to create and administer an annual process for institutional specific awards, particularly those that are used to evaluate the university’s position in domestic and international university rankings systems.
  • Facilitate results-driven strategies that increase the number, quality, and success of award nomination packages for prestigious awards. This will often involve writing nomination materials themselves, or co-writing materials with college faculty and staff.
  • Liaise with award-granting agencies and organizations to identify award opportunities, protocols, and deadlines, and communicate these opportunities to the broader university community.

2.       Research Communications

  • Assisting Research Profile and Impact with various communications and media that advance the university’s reputation and profile as a research-intensive university, including print, video, web, social media, advertisements, speeches, op-eds, and events.
  • Supporting the Director of Research Profile and Impact and collaborating with other members of the Research Profile and Impact team, on communications-related projects and activities.
  • Develop strategies to celebrate recipients of awards of distinction and create opportunities for recognition through the USask web page or public events.

3.       Data Collection and Reporting

  • Monitor program outcomes, predict key factors for future successes and adjust program strategies as needed. This will include collecting, maintaining and interpreting data regarding potential awards and their deadlines, past nominees, award winners, pending submissions, and potential nominees.
  • Prepare an annual report on the activities and accomplishments of the position.


  • Raises the University’s profile and advances its research reputation, locally nationally and internationally by communicating research findings and impact. 
  • Ensures key U of S messages and strategic goals for research, scholarly and artistic activity are effectively communicated to target audiences in all initiatives. 
  • Ensures that activities are carried out in accordance with best practices in strategic communications and news writing/editing. 
  • Ensures effective knowledge transfer by working to understand highly complex research results and translating these results to the public in clear, understandable language. 
  • Builds collaborative relationships and partnerships within the University and with external stakeholders.
  • Other tasks and assigned duties/responsibilities, as required by the unit and or staff.

: An undergraduate degree is required. Post-graduate training and/or graduate degrees preferred.

Experience: Three to five years of communications-related experience. Previous experience developing, writing, and implementing system-wide strategic plans; knowledge of the post-secondary education sector and its norms; past experience developing and implementing successful awards application strategies would be considered an asset.

Skills: Superior written, oral and interpersonal skills; demonstrated collaborative leadership and decision-making skills; effective writing and editing skills; highly organized and able to work independently on multiple projects with competing demands.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Leslie-Ann Schlosser at [email protected]

Department: Research Profile and Impact (OVPR)
Status: Permanent

Employment Group:

Core operational Hours, Mon – Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm, Flexible

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):

The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $64,107.00 – 100,169.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable):
Specialist Professional

Salary Phase/Band:
Phase 2

Posted Date:

Closing Date:
3/31/2023 at 6:00 pm CST
Number of Openings:
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace Guidelines

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff andstudents in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin taapwaywin tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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