Communications Officer (MR1138) McGill University Human Resources Canada

Communications Officer (MR1138)




McGill University - Human Resources


Position Title:

Communications Officer (COM2A)

Position Summary:


Reporting to the Office of the VP (Communications and External Relations - CER) and the Manager, Communications and Planning (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), the Communications Officer performs functions to support University and Faculty communications objectives. The primary responsibility of the incumbent will be to create communications plans and materials to promote the FAES and strengthen its relationship with internal and external audiences.

Primary Responsibilities:


Produce news stories and other content about the science that is taking place in the Faculty in English and French for print and online vehicles, as well as social media. Manage and support Faculty media events.


Working under the direction of the Manager, Communications and Planning (FAES) and the guidance of the Director, Integrated Communications (CER):


    Mine for content and pitch story ideas.

    Interview newsmakers and create content: articles, stories, web content, statements, briefings, op-eds, talking points, key messages and other written communications for a wide variety of audiences.

    Work closely with McGill’s Integrated Communications team to help ensure the consistent strategic alignment of messaging across the University and collaborate to share content.

    Work with the University’s Media Relations team to respond to media requests on timely topics and to identify subject matter experts; arrange interviews; prepare background information for subject experts and coach them on interview techniques and on communications with the media; organize and coordinate media events such as press conferences or media visits and tours.

    Develop content to support messaging.

    Develop and implement project specific communications plans in a manner consistent with the University and Faculty mission and goals. Draft communications/outreach content calendars for projects (for example Cannabis Program rollout);

    Translate materials when required and ensure quality by working with McGill’s Translation department.

    Manage key events (including event logistics, development of communications materials, speaking notes, briefings, etc.) in collaboration with colleagues.

    Liaise with in-house designers, McGill and external service providers to manage the production of communications and promotional materials.

    Assist the Manager, Planning and Communications with assigned tasks as required.

    Serve as a member of the Emergency Communications group, supporting the University’s communications in urgent situations where the security of the McGill community is threatened; this requires knowledge of applicable protocols and procedures, and availability outside of business hours.


Minimum Education & Experience:


Undergraduate degree


Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities:

Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing or a related field; and a minimum of two to four years of experience in communications. English and French (spoken and written). Demonstrated skills in interviewing, writing, editing, and proofreading. Demonstrated level of expertise with social media platforms. Superior communications, writing and editing skills.Proven ability to translate science to language understood by the layperson. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team

Reference Number:


Reporting To:

Director, Integrated Communications

Salary Range:

(Grade 04) $50,800 - $63,500 (midpoint) $82,600


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 May 24, 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, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at or 514-398-1660.

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