University of Waterloo

  • Communications Officer, Media

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Marketing / Public Relations / Communications
    3000 - Dean of Math Office
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - 74,291
  • Overview

    The Communications Officer, Media is responsible for researching, writing, editing, and coordinating communication materials specifically written for external audiences as a means to enhance the Faculty’s reputation as a world-class leader in mathematics. The overall objective is to advance the Faculty’s image through the production of professional, compelling and effective communications materials.


    Research and Writing

    • Write media releases, web stories, news stories, research profiles, op-ed material (for distribution by the UW Media Relations Office)
    • Conduct research, interviews, write, edit, source photos and fact-check a variety of story content for the Faculty and unit websites
    • Research faculty and student profiles for alumni publications as required
    • Interview faculty and researchers as required for story development
    • Support the integration and leveraging of content across a range of Faculty online channels as a
      means to support the Faculty’s marketing communications strategies
    • Ensure consistency, accuracy and excellence in quality and content of messaging in all written pieces


    • Identify opportunities for story profiles within the Faculty and review with communications team to determine next steps to add to Faculty Communications editorial calendar and planning tools
    • Analyze issues, events, trends and items that could impact Faculty profiles and alert the team
    • Regularly review and contribute to media relations editorial calendars for planning purposes
    • Work collaboratively with the communications team in order to strategically support Advancement and the Faculty’s goals
    • Provide excellent service to colleagues across the team and the Faculty of Mathematics


    • Provide back-up copy writing and editing services to members of the Mathematics communications team as required
    • Attend events to compose notes capturing key messages, take photographs and video and network with attendees to provide content for stories
    • Perform other duties of a comparable level/type as assigned
    • Other duties as assigned


    • University degree in journalism, public relations or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • 7 years of extensive experience as a writer in a journalism or media environment
    • Extensive experience in a journalism or media environment
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; excellent editing skills
    • Extensive experience in interviewing people for media profiles
    • Extensive experience in news and media researching skills
    • Extensive experience in translating technical concepts into simple language in order to facilitate understanding from researchers to media and other external audiences
    • Experience in writing effectively, authentically, and in a manner consistent with the quality and standard expected of university-level communication and aligned with brand strategies
    • Positive energy and attitude
    • A passion for and commitment to the Faculty of Mathematics and commitment to developing its experience for all stakeholders
    • Strong understanding of mathematics, statistics, and/or computer science and a curious mind
    • Proven ability to take difficult concepts and make them understandable and interesting to a general audience
    • Proven ability in managing multiple deadlines that require attention to accuracy, consistency, and the ability to work with many different people with competing priorities
    • Ability to build consensus, foster teamwork among a variety of stakeholders, and lead integrated project teams
    • Effective time management skills, ability to multitask, and confidence in decision making under pressure
    • Strong organizational skills coupled with proven ability to effectively document work, handle multiple tasks, and excel in a fast-paced environment characterized by changing priorities and short deadlines
    • Effective interpersonal and written communication skills
    • Ability to quickly produce and distribute quality, thoughtful and engaging content
    • Demonstrated ability to thrive in and contribute to an integrated and collaborative team environment and to apply a positive team approach to working with colleagues
    • Flexibility to adapt to unexpected and time sensitive demands
    • Strong photography skills
    • Extensive experience using web-based user interfaces to manage and maintain web content (e.g., web content management system)


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