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Posted on: July 29, 2019
Deadline: August 9, 2019
Grade: 14




Reporting to the Director, Strategic Communications and with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Director, VPRGS Sector, the incumbent is responsible for enhancing the visibility of the research sector with particular attention paid to certain units under the responsibility of the Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS), as well as overarching research concentrations.

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and maintain the integrated strategic communications plan for specific areas of the VPRGS sector.
  • Champion major communications initiatives; develop, execute and lead the communications outreach and strategies for the effective promotion of institutional priorities; this involves initiating projects, liaising regularly with key internal constituents, identifying and preparing relevant internal experts, producing planning documents, taking control of project progress, creating reporting documents, and applying best practices in project control to continually update the strategic plans in place.
  • Plan, develop and implement external communications strategies to enhance the profile and reputation of the VPRGS sector; liaise with the media by handling and respond to media requests on timely topics, identify subject experts; 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.
  • Plan, develop and implement internal communications strategies and vehicles that will promote collegiality and keep all internal stakeholders (the faculty and staff; Advisory Boards, the President, Senior Administrators, Senate and the Board of Governors) informed of individual and collective successes within the sector.
  • 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.
  • Provide strategic counsel in matters of communications and public relations to the VPRGS.
  • Proactively meet on a regular basis with the key decision makers in the area in order to develop a close working relationship and to be abreast of all new developments requiring communications support.
  • Transmit information regarding the sector via social media network; write news stories and articles for Concordia’s NOW e-newsletter and other print and web publications.
  • Prepare and approve all communications for the VPRGS, such as speeches, press releases and other official communications; organize preparatory material for media interviews.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise the communications aspects of events that promote and enhance the sector’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.
  • 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.
  • Respond in writing to requests for information about the sector from external sources, including members of the general public.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field and four to seven years of experience in communications or public relations.
  • Editorial experience in a research based publication or media outlet desirable.
  • Work experience in a research-based organization in either academia or private enterprise.
  • In-depth knowledge of the higher educational environment with particular emphasis on the graduate and research sectors.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Ability to work outside normal working hours when required; ability to be on call to coordinate and oversee internal and external information releases to the University community and the general public as part of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).


77,656.44 - $92,767.63 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by August 9, 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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