Communications Officer
McGill University - Human Resources

Communications Officer 


McGill University - Human Resources



Position Title: 

Communications Officer (COM2A)


Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Senior Director, Institutional Communications, the Communications Officer promotes a positive image of the University to the public, especially via the media. Stays abreast of, and reports on, news and issues at the University. Connects with researchers, administrators and other members of the community for information, in order to respond to queries. Researches, develops, writes and distributes press releases and other communications materials about the University. Reaches out to the media via both traditional and new media channels.


Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Conceive, write and edit materials for print and electronic communications as well as those intended for social media
  • Regularly contact colleagues and key faculty members to keep abreast of important news and issues
  • Conduct and summarize interviews with researchers, including for news items
  • Plan and implement media and public relations strategies in collaboration with other members of the team
  • Establish and develop strong contacts with journalists in a variety of media
  • Respond to enquiries from  and proactively contact media , individuals and other organizations via e-mail and telephone
  • Brief various McGill staff, faculty members for media interviews or other communication activities, such as press conferences
  • Initiate outreach opportunities to media regarding new projects and other McGill news
  • Target certain national and international blogs, magazines and traditional media for enhanced McGill visibility


Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience


Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 

Experience in journalism, a key asset, dealing with members of the press. Extensive and demonstrated oral and written communication skills in both English and French. Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomacy. Highly developed sense of priority and urgency. Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, in a context of changing priorities. Demonstrated proficiency with new media vehicles. Knowledge of commonly used software and technical tools.


Reference Number: 



Reporting To: 

Associate Director, Media Relations


Salary Range: 

(Grade 04) $51,600 - $64,500 (midpoint) $83,900



Office of the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations)


Position Type: 



Hours Per Week: 



How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1



The deadline to apply for this position is July 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM.


*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*


We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.


McGill applicants, covered by the McGill Non-Unionized, Non-Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures, must apply to a regular M and Excluded position within ten (10) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, or 514-398-3711.


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