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Posted on: May 7, 2019
Deadline: May 21, 2019
Grade: N/A


This posting represents a three (3) year full-time contract.


Reporting to the Director, Strategic Communications, University Communications Services and dotted line reporting relationship to the Dean, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (GCS), the incumbent manages the development and execution of strategies and tactics designed to enhance the visibility of the GCS and of its faculty members, staff, alumni and students to key internal and external constituencies. He/she supervises staff and develops, implements and evaluates communications strategies and programs designed to inform the community and the general public of initiatives and projects.

Primary responsibilities

  • Lead the development of external communications strategies to enhance the profile and reputation of the School; liaise with the specialized media through outreach, story pitching, and by handling and responding to media requests.
  • Lead the development of an internal communications strategy and vehicles that will promote collegiality and keep all internal stakeholders informed of individual and collective successes of the Faculty.
  • Manage the development of a social media strategy for GCS; transmit information regarding the School and its academic and research units via social media networks, identify and engage with social media influencers.
  • Provide strategic counsel in matters of communications and public relations to the Dean, GCS; lead the execution of all communications and events for the Dean.
  • Oversee regular proactive meetings with the chairs, associate chairs, program chairs, directors and research unit heads in order to develop close working relationships and to be abreast of all new developments within these areas.
  • Develop a detailed editorial calendar of stories and events for dissemination on the different GCS communications platforms.
  • Oversee the writing of news stories and articles for Concordia’s NOW e-newsletter and other print and web publications, including Capstone.
  • Plan, lead and develop and the School’s official newsletter/magazines including selecting and supervising specialist or suppliers.
  • Prepare background information for subject experts, and coach subject experts on interview techniques and how to communicate with the specialized media.
  • Take a leadership role on creating media events in cooperation with UCS public affairs; organize press conferences as necessary.
  • Oversee concerted outreach to Montreal, Quebec and Francophonie-based influencers in key strategic sectors connected to the School’s areas of excellence; pursue opportunities that will translate into media coverage in both official languages.
  • Manage the preparation of news releases and information for both internal and external stakeholders (including media), and the distribution of information by hard copy or electronically; draft news briefs such as appointment notices, research awards and other items of general interest for distribution to external media.
  • Collaborate with advancement and alumni officers in planning communications initiatives and assigning/executing responsibilities as needed.
  • Oversee counseling of faculty members, students, staff and others on how to organize specific events and on developing longer-term public relations strategies to publicize academic activities or research findings.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field and four to seven years of experience in communications or public relations, with at least one year of experience supervising staff.
  • Very good knowledge (Level 5) of Spoken and written French and English; able to and write fluently and persuasively on sensitive and complex topics.
  • Experience in managing staff and working with senior-level decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated background and interest in communications and public relations that are focused on engineering and computer science.
  • Demonstrated skills in interviewing, writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Full understanding of social media platforms.
  • Good knowledge (Intermediate Level) of Word (able to do mail merges), Excel (able to create graphics using data in spreadsheets and incorporate graphics into other programs), and PowerPoint (able to create templates).
  • Proven ability to translate technical information to language understood by the layperson.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • In-depth knowledge of educational environment with particular emphasis on engineering and computer science.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project-management skills, with track record for meeting tight deadlines, providing proactive responses, and performing well under pressure while taking ownership of tasks.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills; developed sense of initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrated track-record in the elaboration and execution of a strategic communications plan.
  • Demonstrated creativity in communications; able to quickly grasp the scope of specific issues and the potential impacts on the organization.
  • Ability to work outside normal working hours when required.


$79,198.00 - $91,892.00 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by May 21, 2019. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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