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Halifax, NS
Communications
Experienced
Full-time - Permanent

Position: Communication Officer, Science

Department: Dean of Science Office, Faculty of Science

Salary: $55,726 - 71,815 (APC Group 5)

Under the supervision of the Dean of Science, the Communications Officer, Science develops communication materials for students, staff and faculty. The Communications Officer manages and facilitates the promotion and/or communication of information about the programs, research, academics, events and activities of the Faculty of Science to both internal and external audiences. Serves as the primary liaison with IT Systems and Support and External Affairs in regards to web development for the Faculty. In collaboration with External Affairs, serves as the primary liaison for the Faculty of Science with the press and other mainstream media outlets.

What you'll do

Responsibilities

Duties as the Communications Officer, Science include but are not limited to:

  • Develops and executes dynamic strategic communication plans for the Faculty of Science.
  • Develops communication materials for students, staff and faculty. (E.g. newsletters, news stories, program fact sheets, advising brochures, event posters, and open house presentations, etc.).
  • Takes, gathers, edits, organizes and distributes photographs or other media that showcases the Faculty of Science
  • Advises and develops training programs for faculty and staff on communications topics, such as dealing with the media, legal communications requirements, and communicating with prospective students during on campus events.
  • Coordinates with the Faculty of Science staff members who are planning events to ensure communication needs and goals are met.
  • Maintains relationships with Department chairs, secretaries, outreach committee members, and faculty to remain knowledgeable about all services and programs within the Faculty of Science.
  • Develops and implements a strategic online communications plan for the Faculty of Science.
  • Maintains the Faculty of Science websites and social media platforms.
  • Monitors the Faculty of Science Departmental websites and social media outlets, and works with the Department web editors to ensure all sites are up to date, have appropriate content, meets legal/University requirements, and appears both professional and on-brand.
  • Advises and trains staff members who are responsible for web editing on online communications topics including writing for the web, using website software, and website layout and design.
  • Serves as the primary liaison with IT Systems and Support (ITSS) and External Affairs with regard to web development for the Faculty.
  • Works with ITSS and staff members who are responsible for web editing on transition websites to new or upgraded templates as needed.
  • In collaboration with External Affairs, serves as the primary liaison for the Faculty of Science with the press and other mainstream media outlets.
  • Collaborates with External Affairs to handle press requests, press conferences, and develop strategies for dealing with the press that are on site for Science related events.
  • Collaborates with External Affairs to write, develop, and distribute promotional materials for the press about the programs, research, academics, events and activities of the Faculty of Science.
  • Writes and distributes public service announcements, press releases, media kits, or other promotional materials.
  • Manages and directs administrative staff on publicity projects from the Office of the Dean of Science as needed.
  • In collaboration with External Affairs, serves as the primary liaison for the Faculty of Science with the press and other mainstream media outlets.
  • Collaborates and coordinates joint communications, marketing or recruitment projects with Enrolment Services to ensure accuracy and coordinated approaches for all Science related communications material and strategies generated by their Office.
  • Organizes science training/information sessions for Student Recruitment staff.
  • Works with Recruitment staff and outreach coordinators to ensure effective communication during joint events such as open houses, interactive campus tours, and school visits.
  • Regularly evaluates the differentiating features and prime selling points of the Faculty of Science and communicates this information to Student Recruitment staff and administrators.
  • Keeps Student Recruitment staff and administrators up to date on any new activities, information, or programs to ensure their staff has the most current information about the Faculty of Science.

What you'll need

Qualifications

To be the successful Communication Officer, Science you will possess an Undergraduate degree with a concentration in Arts, Science, Public Relations and/or Communications with a minimum two (2) years' experience in directly related experience. Also required is excellent oral and written communication skills. You possess the ability to research, process, organize and present information interestingly and convincingly. You will also possess the ability to prioritize work assignments and deliver by appropriate deadlines. You will have proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and social media practices and trends. You must have a high level of independence and autonomy. Experience or understanding in academic and administrative structures is considered an asset.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Communication Media Press Science

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary's University is home to one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at www.smu.ca.

Are you interested?

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Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

Competition Opens: 6 August 2019 Competition Closes: 16 August 2019

Saint Mary's University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary's University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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