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External Communications Strategist, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 24773

Updated: January 14, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Overview

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a External Communications Strategist. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease and the Lead of Community Engagement for the Charbonneau Cancer Institute. The role would be a 50:50 split in duties for both the Evict Radon study and the Charbonneau Cancer Institute.

The External Communications Strategist will use their communications, public relations and public health outreach experience and expertise to manage the internal and external communication strategies, events, initiatives and publications for both the Evict Radon national study and The Charbonneau institute. While this role will involve 50% work for Evict Radon and 50% work for The Charbonneau, there will be operational overlap between each group that will enable significant efficiencies in workload. This position will work closely with the leader of the Evict Radon program, various departmental and faculty project leaders comprising the Evict Radon Confederation of Scholars, the Director of The Charbonneau and the Director, Communications & Media Relations in the CSM. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Communications:
    • Serve as the key contact responsible for communications liaisons within the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau programs, the University, and with key partners such as the CSM and Alberta Health Services, as well as funding and research stakeholders across Canada including but not limited to the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, and Health Canada
    • Working closely with the Charbonneau research community (members, trainees, staff) to understand what constitutes a new and important discovery and help them translate their scientific discoveries into exciting, energizing lay-language stories for the public
    • Create, update, maintain content, and provide management and oversight for the Evict Radon website and social media accounts of Evict Radon and The Charbonneau
    • Prepare and disseminate communication material for external parties, in collaboration with the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau teams and external web content and development vendors
    • Implement the communications strategy designed to increase awareness and advance the mission of the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau programs
    • To achieve the goals above, gain a cross-sectional understanding of the diverse faculties, departments, units and researchers comprising Evict Radon and The Charbonneau, to the extent necessary to effectively communicate this work to the general public
    • Work with the CSM, numerous other University departments and faculties, Fund Development, University Relations, Alberta Health Services, and other partner communication departments to coordinate news releases, media coverage, implement program launches, and other projects to promote the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau communication programs
    • Effectively manage expenditure budgets for communication products and activities
    • Responsible to assist in the compilation and or distribution of annual reports as required
    • Coordinate writing, editing, proofreading and production of communication materials
  • Strategy and Program Development:
    • Work closely with the Evict Radon Leader, the Evict Radon Confederation of Scholars and The Charbonneau Leadership team in long range planning, often dealing with multiple priorities
    • Assist in the development and implementation of new Evict Radon programs aimed at health awareness of lung cancer, radon gas exposure, and improved outreach into marginalized communities such as Canadians living with disability
    • Make recommendations to the Evict Radon program and The Charbonneau Leadership team on the development of communications policies and short- and long-term strategies to increase awareness and advance the mission of Evict Radon and The Charbonneau
    • Work closely with CSM and fund development partners across the University for current and future donor opportunities as related to Evict Radon and The Charbonneau and partner programs and organizations – specifically, to promote the goals of the OWN.Cancer campaign
    • Provide strategic assessment and make recommendations to leadership of events and tactics to determine feasibility, value to the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau programs, as well as propose and implement appropriate changes, to the annual event schedule
    • Work closely with communications offices across campus and nationally to establish an enhanced culture of collaboration and open communication between the nine faculties (and their institutes, centres, and departments) that have a strong interest in cancer and radon-related science to ensure consistent messaging appears in all related media
    • Serve as primary contact point for external vendors required (as needed) for creative content design, website development and related materials
  • Event Planning:
    • Effectively plan, organize, and stage events as required to effectively communicate the goals, activities, and priorities of the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau programs, and increase the public profile of the program and the Evict Radon Confederation of Scholars in the community
    • Represent the Evict Radon and The Charbonneau communications portfolio at National and International conferences, symposia and meetings
    • Work closely with the staff and trainees of the Evict Radon Leader, the Evict Radon Confederation of Scholars and also The Charbonneau staff members to coordinate plans and activities and support the success of these areas within The University of Calgary and beyond

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Required:
    • Post-Secondary or Graduate degree (e.g., Masters in Professional Communication (MAPC)) in a relevant area such as communications, public relations, and/or marketing
    • Fluency in written and spoken English and French
    • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant, related experience
    • Experience with social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    • Communication and administrative experience with emphasis on strategic planning, decision-making, highly developed organizational, analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to anticipate requirements, plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work with little or no direction
    • Must have demonstrated ability to provide a consistent high level of service
    • Experience producing a variety of communication vehicles aimed at various audiences
    • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills required in dealing with a range of situations, which may include complex, sensitive, and confidential issues
  • Preferred:
    • Familiarity with shooting, editing, and producing video segments is an asset
    • Familiarity with cancer and/or public health is considered a major strength / asset
    • Familiarity with government relations, particularly offices such as Health Canada, is considered a major strength / asset
    • Knowledge of the Cumming School of Medicine and University culture and operating procedures with strong understanding of the University's mission and values
    • High level of proficiency in writing and editing a variety of documents for a wide range of audiences/stakeholders
    • Ability to operate within a multi-faceted work environment and be a strong team player with capability to adjust work schedules to meet multiple demands and pressures
    • Experience working with the media both in a reactive and strategic planning capacity
    • Experience with the planning, scheduling, and production of print and electronic products and executing events for various sized groups

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine

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