Communications Officer - Vancouver, BC | University of British Columbia | | 18/05/12
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Communications Officer Full-Time

Location: Vancouver, BC
Company Name: University of British Columbia ()
Category: Communications

Job Summary

The Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure effective dissemination of knowledge and knowledge translation between academic and government stakeholders. This is a contract position with possibility of renewal.

Organizational Status

Housed in the Faculty of Arts, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) is a multi-university research centre working closely with Public Safety Canada and other government partners.

Work Performed

- Promote research and events of the centre through social media and explore new mechanisms for disseminating information.
- Write synthetic summaries of research material for a policy audience, and potentially, for media releases.
- Produce daily news items on relevant topics, and a quarterly newsletter, including content and layout.
- Manage email list, using judgement to ensure appropriateness of announcements.
- Market and promote the network's programs and opportunities, including development of materials and identifying suitable target audiences.
- Act as media liaison facilitating interactions between researchers and media.
- Participate in the development of a new website, providing input on design and drafting content.
- Liaise with researchers across the country to develop rules and operationalize a virtual library.  This will involve working with research assistants across the country.
- Ensure that the content on the website remains current.
- Responsible for coordinating and drafting annual reports.
- Liaise with researchers and government officials using tact, diplomacy, and discretion.

Evaluate effectiveness of procedures and suggest improvements.
Perform other related duties as required.

Supervision Received

The position will work with the Senior Project Coordinator under general direction of UBC Co-Director, Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).  Must be self-directed, taking initiative, working within established policies, procedures and standards. Work will be reviewed against task objectives and conformity to standards.

Supervision Given

May assign and check work of technicians, support staff or students.
Consequence of Error/Judgement

Errors would have serious impact on the research project and future funding opportunities.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.  Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience working in an academic setting with knowledge of University policies and protocol an asset.  Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Bilingualism in English and French is a major asset, with reading comprehension in both languages required. Ability to exercise tact and discretion. Effective problem resolution, analytical and organizational skills. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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