Communications Officer, RVH Project (MT0620,COM2A,GR4)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Summary:

This role, reporting to the Director, Integrated Communications, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of communications related to the RVH Project. The Communications Manager will plan and establish strategic direction and vision for the Project and lead its successful execution in maximizing Project visibility, and keeping internal and external stakeholders informed as the project progresses. The incumbent will collaborate with communication colleagues in Communications and External Relations (CER), the RVH Planning Office, the Campus Planning and Development Office and all relevant stakeholders across campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy and associated plan to build awareness and share information about the project to a wide array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Articulate and communicate the RVH project vision/manifesto in a manner that is consistent with the University’s vision, mission and objectives.
  • Anticipate, advise and help to address sensitive issues.
  • Plan and oversee the production of content for a variety of media, including written, photographic, design and video for internal and external audiences, ensuring alignment of messaging/tone with that of the University.
  • Plan and oversee the dissemination of content on various internal and external channels and platforms.
  • Identify and optimize the most relevant social media to support communications objectives.
  • Develop a Web communications strategy for the Project and manage Web content to ensure that it is accurate, complete and well organized.
  • Liaise with other communications professionals to share best practices and to proactively identify opportunities to effectively target stakeholder groups.
  • Build strong collaborative working relationships with colleagues across the University.
  • In collaboration with McGill’s Media Relations Office, provide messaging (when appropriate) and respond to media requests on the Project.
  • 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.
  • Perform other communications-related duties as required.

Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree

Minimum five (5) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities

Preferred eight (8) years in developing and implementing communications plans (internal and external) for a large organization with activity at the national or international level. Demonstrated strategic vision and thinking in communications (internal and external). Demonstrated ability to concurrently accomplish organizational goals while navigating within a larger organization among multiple stakeholders and audiences. Detail oriented with proficient project management skills. Ability to function under tight deadlines. Capacity to work well under pressure and to undertake multiple projects simultaneously. Political sensitivity. Exceptional interpersonal skills including tact, good judgement, diplomacy and discretion. Knowledge of McGill University and the higher education sector in Quebec and Canada is an asset. BA in Communications, Public Relations or related field; MA, an asset. Superior writing skills in both English and French, including a strong expertise in overseeing and editing content for publication; excellent spoken English and French.

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

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The deadline to apply for this position is January 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.

Employment Equity:

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 angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660

Office of the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations)
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) 50,800 – 63,500 (midpoint) – 82,600
Two (2) Years
Reporting to: 
Director, Integrated Communications
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