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Posted on: September 12, 2019
Deadline: September 25, 2019
Grade: 12


This posting represents a full-time maternity leave replacement effective until July 17, 2020.


Reporting to the Director, Strategic Communications and with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Dean, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, the incumbent is responsible for enhancing the visibility of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science to key internal and external constituencies.

Primary responsibilities

  • Plan, develop and implement external communications strategies to enhance the profile and reputation of the School; act as liaison in dealing with the media by handling and responding to media requests on timely topics, and identifying the School subject expert; arrange interviews; prepare background information for subject experts, and coach subject experts on interview techniques and how to communicate with the media; organize and coordinate media events such as press conferences.
  • Prepare news releases and information for the media, and distribute information; draft news briefs such as appointment notices, research awards and other items of general interest for distribution to external media.
  • Plan, develop and implement internal communications strategy and vehicles that will promote collegiality and keep all internal stakeholders informed of individual and collective successes of the School.
  • Transmit information regarding the School via social media network; write news stories and articles for Concordia’s NOW e-newsletter and other print and web publications.
  • Plan, develop and coordinate the School’s official newsletter/magazine including selecting and supervising specialists or suppliers.
  • Prepare and approve all communications for the Dean, such as speeches, press releases and other official School communications; organize preparatory material for media interviews.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise the communications aspects of events that promote and enhance the School’s public profile.
  • Pursue opportunities that will translate into media coverage in both official languages; liaise with Concordia’s departments of Media Relations and Marketing Communications.
  • Assist Advancement and Alumni officers in communications initiatives as needed.
  • Counsel faculty members, students, staff and others on how to organize specific events and on developing longer-term public-relations strategies to publicize activities or research findings.
  • Serve as official host for dignitaries and special guests visiting School facilities.
  • Respond in writing to requests for information about the School from external sources, including members of the general public.
  • Undertakes other tasks as required by the Director, Strategic Communications and/or Dean.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field; and two to four years of experience in communications or public relations.
  • Demonstrated skills in interviewing, writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver (or similar editing software) desirable.
  • Comprehensive 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) in a Windows environment.
  • Very good knowledge (Level 5) of spoken and written English to and write and communicate fluently and persuasively on sensitive and complex topics; good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken French to give and understand descriptions that may involve complicated details; able to support opinions.
  • Superior communications, writing and editing skills; demonstrated organizational and project-management skills, with track record for meeting tight deadlines, providing proactive responses, and performing well under pressure.
  • 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.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills; developed sense of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • In-depth knowledge of educational environment with particular emphasis on Engineering and Computer Science a definite asset.
  • Ability to work outside normal working hours when required.


$65,444.99 - $78,173.81 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by September 25, 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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