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Halifax, NS
Communications
Experienced
Full-time - Permanent

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,800 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that's celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

The MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance at Dalhousie University is a nationally focused, non-partisan, interdisciplinary institute supporting the development of progressive public policy and encouraging greater citizen engagement. Reporting to the Scholarly Director, the Communications Officer will work to raise the profile of the MacEachen Institute among on-campus and off-campus audiences, and to design and implement communications plans in alignment with the Institute's growth strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop and implement comprehensive short-term and long-term communications plans for the Institute.
  • Promote the Institute's work through a variety of channels, such as traditional media relations, social media, web content, public lectures and events, printed promotional material and emails. This includes writing, editing and distributing content for all channels.
  • Maintain the Institute's website and social media sites, responding to comments or issues, and carrying out community management. 
  • Assist with the development of research grants and funding proposals, including associated communications plans and knowledge-mobilization.
  • Monitor all communications coverage and analyze performance metrics. Use metrics and performance data to develop progress reports for the Institute's Governing, Research, and Advisory Councils.
  • Organize and assist in the smooth execution of Institute events and meetings such as speaker series, roundtables, workshops, and symposia. This includes planning, creating promotional materials and invitations, ensuring media coverage, and logistics support.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in Journalism, Public Relations, English, Social Sciences or related field, plus approximately three to five years related experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience). Demonstrated experience in developing and executing communication strategies is required. Must have strong verbal and written communications skills, demonstrating excellence in media relations and stakeholder engagement. Demonstrated fluency in the use of software applications, social media, and content management platforms is required. Self-motivation and strong organizational skills, including experience managing multiple projects and planning events, are also necessary.

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by July 15, 2018 to competition DPMG-18089.

Salary Range: $50,240 - $67,973 per annum (ADM-05). This is a two year term. This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months. This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

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Dalhousie University

 Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that’s celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.