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Communications Officer - Faculty of Science

Department: Faculty of Science Office Effective Date: May, 2012


35 hr/wk

Reports to: Executive Officer, Faculty of Science

General Accountability

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the Communications Officer is primarily responsible for implementing the communications plan for the Faculty of Science and writing a variety of creative communications pieces for the Faculty of Science. The Communications Officer will work collaboratively with staff in the Office of the Dean of Science (including development, alumni affairs, recruitment, outreach), and with staff in Communications and Public Affairs and ODAA to establish and maintain coordinated, effective communications strategies and vehicles for the Faculty. The incumbent will also work closely with administrators, students, faculty, and staff across the Faculty of Science to identify news and develop stories about the Faculty.

Nature and Scope

The incumbent will require an expert eye for grammar and language usage along with well-developed proofreading abilities. The ability to write dynamic, creative copy with a marketing flavour is essential.

The incumbent must maintain productive working relationships with the Dean of Science Office, departmental units within Science, the Department of Communications and Public Affairs, and relevant administrative units across campus. The Communications Officer must possess excellent judgment and the ability to build consensus and foster teamwork among the variety of stakeholders in the Faculty. The incumbent must act as an advocate for all forms of communications within the Faculty.

The Communications Officer will be assigned a wide variety of projects, many of which may overlap. It will be incumbent’s responsibility to manage his or her time and priorities to ensure internal and external deadlines are met and that the Executive Officer/Dean is informed of the status of all ongoing projects.

This position is responsible for gathering news, conducting research, writing and editing, in support of the various activities of the Faculty of Science.  The incumbent will contribute to Science’s presence on its website.

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Specific Accountabilities

This Communications Professional with extensive experience in a communications role is responsible for maintaining existing and developing new communications strategies and vehicles for Science, including (but not limited to):

Working Conditions

There is a need to give close attention to various stimuli such as written material and verbal information. The work is varied and priorities must be juggled to ensure all projects are completed successfully. There are deadline pressures, while at the same time there is a demand for thoroughness and accuracy.