University of Waterloo

  • Communications Associate

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Marketing / Public Relations / Communications
    5620 - Centre for Teaching Excellence
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - $74,291
  • Overview

    Term: 1 year


    The primary purpose of the Communications Associate is twofold: to manage and contribute to high profile external teaching award nominations and, in collaboration with various colleagues at CTE and UW, to undertake writing and communication tasks and projects that support the teaching mission of the university.


    Teaching Awards

    • Create materials and coordinate nomination packages for external teaching awards (e.g., 3M, OCUFA)

    • Provide guidance to nominators on submission content and processes

    Strategic Communications

    • Assist in the implementation and updating of CTE’s communications plan

    • Write profile stories that highlight exemplary teaching and/or learning practices used at UW

    • Manage CTE’s online presence by updating, revising, and developing its extensive website resources and by developing copy for its social media

    • Write CTE reports and general communications to help promote UW’s teaching and learning excellence for both internal and external audiences

    • Provide departmental guidance on accessible communications strategies and practices required for AODA


    • Completion of a Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in English, Professional Writing, Public Relations/Marketing, or other relevant discipline or equivalent education and experience
    • Three years of experience in a writing or communications role
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, editing skills, and interviewing skills. The role requires a high degree of facility in writing for different audiences (CTE staff, instructors, senior administrators, award adjudicators, external reviewers, students) and for different media (website, social media, annual report, brochures)

    • Deep knowledge of issues pertaining to teaching and learning in higher education, along with awareness of various disciplinary instructional practices. Experience teaching at the university level is considered an asset

    • Professionalism, trustworthiness, and tact. A high level of confidentiality is required for some projects

    • Time management skills, project management skills, and organizational skills. The ability to meet deadlines is essential

    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office is essential, and experience with visual design (creating posters, report layouts, graphics) is an asset

    • Position is office based with the possibility of occasional travel for professional development and networking purposes


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