Communications Officer (MT5739, COM2A, GR4)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

Under the direction of the Dean, the Communications Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Faculty's communication strategies that effectively describe and promote the Faculty.  Participate in the strategic direction/vision of the Faculty and create the necessary supportive communication strategy and publications, over both the short and long term, to raise the Faculty’s visibility and to promote the Faculty. Works closely with the Faculty units and affiliated units in the development and production of publications and websites. Ensures consistency in messaging, voice and quality in publications, websites, social media and other communications emanating from the Faculty of Arts. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Craft messages and communication materials used by the administration to convey strategy and key information to internal audiences and to ensure consistency of timing and messaging. Draft high quality, effective content for the Faculty of Arts website, digital/social media, and other communication channels.
  • Collaborates with central Communications and External Relations units including the McGill Media Relations Office.
  • Edit, format, and regularly assess the content of the Faculty of Arts website/webpages, digital/social media, communication channels, email distributions and newsletters. Format and optimize web content for maximum usefulness and navigability and continually identify ways to improve it.
  • Write/manage the creation of content for the Arts Life Magazine, monthly Arts News, and biweekly Arts Events newsletters, and any other print and digital publications (Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms).
  • Lead the creation of the Communications Committee, through which you will implement new communications initiatives throughout all units in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Responsible for the preparation and delivery of public relations materials for the Faculty of Arts, in consultation with McGill’s Central Communications office. 
  • Develop, guide and implement communication strategies, plans, and systems to ensure that information, news, activities, and projects are communicated clearly, accurately and effectively to internal and external stakeholders. Assist the Faculty in meeting strategic objectives regarding its educational programs, research activities, public seminars, and professional development workshops.
  • Run the Arts Ambassador Program, providing journalistic training for selected students and managing the production of content (blog, social media) for Faculty of Arts communication channels.
  • Manage social media content for student engagement, recruitment and alumni relations (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Keep current with best practices and new tools in the rapidly changing field of web communications, design, multimedia and social media.
  • Provide coaching and guidance on writing content, organization of web pages and information for faculty and department web editors. Deliver training and provide guidance to departments on the maintenance of their own websites, sections, and pages.


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Excellent writing and oral communication skills in both English and French. Experience in developing and implementing strategic communication plans. Proven experience using social media and technology to improve communication with targeted audience. Ability to function under pressure and manage tight and changing deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build constructive and effective relationships. Strong management and mentorship skills, and experience running programs and training workshops. Discretion, integrity and tact. Ability to work in a PC environment with computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, Power Point and web management systems (Drupal).

How to Apply:

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter, clearly indicating the reference number by email to: apo.arts [at]

Applications must be received no later than January 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

Faculty of Arts
Dean’s Office
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $50,300 - $62,900 (midpoint) - $81,800
2 years
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