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Senior Research Communications Officer - (999057)

University of Victoria

Job Description

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement. This position works at a senior level to communicate about UVic's world-class research.

University Communications + Marketing (UC+M) is part of the Division of External Relations.
External Relations is responsible for promoting strong and responsive relationships between the University of Victoria as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities and the external communities it serves. The Division supports UVic’s active engagement in the issues, opportunities and challenges facing our region, our country and our world, and seeks to build partnerships with individuals and organizations who share UVic’s vision of contributing ‘to the betterment of a rapidly changing global society’ through research that has a vital impact.
UC+M is responsible for positioning UVic with a range of target audiences, both external and internal, as a critical assist to the university’s achievement of specific key strategic objectives and its mission, vision and goals related to research as well as in other areas.

Media Relations and Public Affairs (MRPA) within UC+M has a central role in the strategic planning, creation and distribution of content aimed at achieving UVic’s research-related objectives with key audiences including community and industry partners, provincial and federal governments, policy makers, prospective and current students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors and the media.

Reporting to the Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, the Senior Research Communications Officer is a senior position within UC+M and has a leadership role in helping the university strategize and communicate about UVic’s research on multiple platforms with a variety of tools and tactics to influence key audiences.

The position works closely with the Vice President Research Office (VPRO) to develop, maintain and implement the university’s Strategic Research Communications Plan, which is informed by the annual Strategic Research Plan, which in turn is shaped by the university’s priorities and strengths.

This position is also responsible for the planning and writing of research-related publications produced by UC+M and providing advice for other UC+M teams. Also, this position works with individual faculties and units, including research centres and institutes, and their senior leadership to identify and generate newsworthy content and identify other communication opportunities.

Responsibilities include the writing of communication plans with analysis and strategic outcomes, news releases (as well as providing media relations support), profiles, feature stories, briefing notes, key messages, backgrounders, and producing video and social media content. A superior, demonstrated ability to communicate complex research to a general audience is essential.


This position requires an undergraduate degree in journalism, communications or public affairs and 5-7 years related experience in a complex organization; or an undergraduate degree in a research-intensive area plus 5-7 years in a communications, media or public affairs position, as well as:
  • Minimum three to five years in a position with responsibility for important stakeholder relationships
  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing strategic communication plans with measurable outcomes
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management 
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge requirements:
  • Sound knowledge and strategic use of social media platforms, their respective participants (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc.) and how each platform can be optimally deployed in different scenarios to achieve an organization’s goals and objectives.
Competency requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to produce engaging stories in varying formats or platforms including video, digital and other emerging forms of storytelling tools
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to persuade and influence, based on analysis and expertise, those in positions of leadership
  • Superior interview, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to explain complex, technical research to a general audience
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Proven track record of achieving project goals on time and producing deliverables of a superior quality
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
  • Proven track record of effective leadership and the ability to inspire others 
Assets or Preferences:
  • Experience at a post-secondary institution

How To Apply

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Job Title: Senior Research Communications Officer - (999057)
Department: Communications + Marketing (UC+M)
Organization: University of Victoria
Salary Grade: 12
Annual Salary: $63,058 - $70,971
Employee Group: Professional Employees Association (PEA)
Contact For This Position
University of Victoria
Victoria BC
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
November 01, 2018
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