Communications and Outreach Officer

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 04/30/2024

Req ID: 37171

Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Department: Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Position Number: 00050799


About us:

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:

Founded in 1843, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto is globally recognized for its role as an influential leader in all dimensions of women’s health. Our faculty members generate practice-changing research, improve national standards of care, advance public policy, and prepare the next generations of physician-leaders in the field. With this position, you would be joining a dynamic administrative team who directly facilitate and support the advancement of research, education, and knowledge translation in obstetrics and gynaecology, from a local to a global perspective.

As Communications and Outreach Officer, you will advise on and implement a robust communications strategy that showcases the broad range of academic, research, and advocacy work in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This strategy will include short- to medium-length news pieces, social media, departmental newsletters and other types of publications, as well as outreach to alumni audiences.

The successful incumbent in this role will independently and confidently take stewardship of all aspects of the communications portfolio, working collaboratively as part of our administrative team while also nurturing relationships with faculty members, allied healthcare providers, and the Temerty Medicine communications team.

Your multipronged communications plan will play a central role in highlighting the achievements of our Department, while also elevating the broader impact of our work on the health of women, trans people, and nonbinary people—in Toronto, across Canada, and internationally.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing communication plans that support outreach goals and department objectives
  • Conducting interviews with individuals for University publication
  • Producing promotional and outreach materials
  • Advising on strategies to maximize social media presence and growth and creating and maintaining presence on social media platforms
  • Customizing and coordinating website updates according to objectives
  • Delivering presentations outlining proposals to attract sponsorship opportunities
  • Training staff and faculty on the application of social media and content management systems
  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum four years of relevant communications experience in a university, teaching hospital or comparable environment
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies and plans
  • Experience making recommendations for improvements based on insights, best practices and objectives
  • Experience creating and deploying digital materials (newsletters, social media and web content), and effectively utilizing digital metrics
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating digital and print communications projects consistent with employer branding
  • Experience developing and maintaining brand presence across all communications channels
  • Experience delivering presentations and training end users
  • Experience building andmaintaining strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Skilled in working with content management systems, web analytics and e-newsletter software
  • Superb written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and print design/layout skills are essential
  • A self-starter possessing the ability to work independently in a high-profile, time-sensitive environment while balancing competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to create concise, effective written content, drawing from interviews with sources as well as translation of clinical and scientific material for a lay audience
  • Must be creative, resourceful and solutions-oriented

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience cultivating strong relationships with alumni
  • Experience working with Drupal, Canva, MailChimp

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Articulate
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Self-directed

Closing Date: 05/16/2024, 11:59PM ET

Employee Group: USW 

Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing 

Schedule: Full-Time

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: 

USW Pay Band 11 — $73,748 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,310. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 

Job Category: Communication/Media/Public Relations

Recruiter: Andrea Varicak

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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