Communication Officer and Writer UR947

Communication Officer and Writer UR947

09 Sep
University of Ottawa

09 Sep

University of Ottawa


Job ID:


Job Type:

Temporary Assignment or Contract


12 months / mois

Job Category:

Communications, Marketing and Public Relations

Open Positions:


Faculty / Department:

Student Affairs / Communication


Main campus (downtown)

Union Affiliation:

Support Staff (SSUO)

Date Posted:

September 9, 2021

Closing Date:

September 19, 2021

Hours per week:


Position Description

Salary (Grade: 10)

Hiring salary range


The University of Ottawa—A crossroads of cultures and ideas

The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live,

work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe. Our employees come together around the shared purpose of constant improvement, personal development, service excellence, teamwork and a passion for learning with a desire to make uOttawa and the world a better place. Everyone's contributions are valued, we all play a part in making uOttawa a world-class institution. Most importantly, we make it possible for you to achieve your full potential. Because at uOttawa, you belong!

Position purpose:

Reporting to the Manger, Communication, the Communication Officer and Writer develops communication strategies, making use of both traditional and digital communication tools, which aim at two objectives: to recruit the best students in the national markets and in all curricula of the University of Ottawa at all study cycles and, support the retention and experience of students in the current University community. Conceptualizes and ensures the implementation of communication plans, including the drafting and revision of the content, in order to project a positive image of the University and promote the brand.

Essential Qualifications:

Knowledge of the principles of marketing and communication normally acquired by means of a university degree in a related discipline or equivalent combination of studies and work experience.

At least three years of demonstrated experience in a similar role.

Experience in developing and implementing communication plans.

Knowledge of best practices in digital and traditional communication with diverse audiences.

Experience in the production of digital promotional material (video, photo, animation) and printed materials (brochure, poster, advertising).

Experience in the design and use of performance indicators used in the preparation and evaluation of communications plans.

Superior expertise in writing in both official languages for promotional purposes and reporting.

Ability to manage several complex projects with tight timelines in a constantly evolving environment.

In-depth knowledge of the tools normally used in communication including digital publishing platforms (Drupal an asset), customer relationship management (CRM) tools, social media management, spreadsheets, databases and evaluation tools (E.g. Analytics, survey monkey).

In-dept knowledge of web sites creation and web publishing (Drupal essential and html coding an asset)

Ability to conduct brainstorming sessions and to present results in a variety of contexts.

Creativity and attention to detail.

Bilingualism – French and English (oral and written expression).

Ability to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend.

Ability to participate in events held outside the city.

Bilingualism: French and English (spoken and written); to be considered for this position, candidates must be rated at the Low Advanced proficiency level or higher for both oral comprehension and reading comprehension in their second official language. The rating is determined by a proficiency test designed by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

Key Competencies at uOttawa:

Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa:

Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.

Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.

Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.

Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

The University of Ottawa embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We foster a culture of respect, teamwork and inclusion, where collaboration, innovation, and creativity fuel our quest for research and teaching excellence. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from qualified Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment. The University is also committed to working with applicants with disabilities requesting accommodation during the recruitment, assessment and selection processes. Applicants with disabilities may contact [email protected] to communicate the accommodation need. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Note: if this is a union position: The hiring process will be governed by the current collective agreement related to the union affiliation noted above; you can click here to find out more.

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