Communications and Knowledge Translation Lead

Posted Date: Sep 12, 2022
Application Deadline: Sep 28, 2022

Status: Closed

Competition No. - S104848585
Position Type - Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range - $67,057 to $92,809 (pro-rated) per year
Grade - 10 Hours - 40.00

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has a term length on one year plus a day and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Location - North campus

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position summary

Working in the ABMI's Operations Centre, the Communications and Knowledge Translation Lead is responsible for: 1. leading the development and implementation of the ABMI's communication strategy to ensure the building of strong supportive relationships between the ABMI and its community of stakeholders; and 2. leading the development and implementation of the ABMI's knowledge translation activities.


1. Leads and Manages the ABMI’s Communications Function

Provides leadership, strategic advice and communications expertise to initiatives of the ABMI.

  • Develops and cultivates an awareness of attitudes and issues within both the ABMI community and the wider community.
  • Fosters and maintains frequent contact with the ABMI community of stakeholders to ensure that ABMI communications align with relevant integrated marketing strategies (e.g., University of Alberta).
  • Fosters and maintains an ongoing relationship with the ABMI community of stakeholders to ensure working knowledge of current monitoring and research advancements in order to find possible stories to pitch to the media.
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with outside media contacts in order to promote stories that feature the ABMI, its programs and research/ers.
  • Keeps abreast of advancements in communications theory and technology to ensure professional quality communication material that effectively realizes its intended purpose.
  • Assumes editorial and/or production responsibilities for related publications and projects.
  • Provides communication counsel to the ABMI and the ABMI's community of stakeholders.
  • Manages a staff of up to 5 and a budget in excess of $300,000 per year.
  • Ensures that supervised staff are provided with appropriate safety training, and adhere to all UofA health and safety policies and protocols.

 2. Directs Strategic Communications Activities

Participates in the development, monitoring, and implementation of ABMI marketing and strategic communication planning.

  • Develops and implements strategic communication plans that support the ABMI strategic business plan.
  • Leads the development of project identities and branding.
  • Leads the design and implementation of stakeholder workshops and quantitative surveys to identify stakeholder data.
  • Determines communication goals, target audiences, key messages, and distribution strategies.

3. Leads Knowledge Translation and Engagement

Develops, implements, and evaluates the ABMI's knowledge translation and engagement activities.

  • Designs and implements an ongoing Knowledge Translation process at the ABMI, to ensure stakeholder needs are understood and integrated into the ABMI’s research programs.
  • Identifies and engages with core stakeholder groups on ABMI research program through workshops, interviews, knowledge-exchange sessions, and presentations.
  • Using information gained through the stakeholder meetings, provides feedback to researchers to help fine tune research priorities.
  • Designs instruments for surveys and focus groups to assess the effectiveness of the knowledge translation.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with the ABMI's key stakeholders, including all levels of government and various industries and their associations, to expand awareness of the ABMI and uptake of ABMI products and services.
  • Presents (through oral and/or poster presentations) results of ABMI monitoring analyses at various meetings and conferences across the province;
  • Directs and manages the ABMI's public outreach and engagement initiatives, including providing strategic guidance, development of key messages, directing development of key collateral, and building partnerships.

 4. Delivers Communications Initiatives

Plans, manages, and directs all aspects of the delivery of ABMI public materials (including writing, editing, and graphic design) to convey the accomplishments and value of the ABMI to the resource management community as well as the broader community; to maintain high standards that are consistent with the image of the ABMI and affiliated organizations; and to ensure optimal use of resources.

  • Develops concepts and prepares copy, manages editing and production.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with service providers, contractors, and other partners to ensure that projects are completed efficiently and effectively.
  • Leads and participates in the development, monitoring, and implementation of special events for the ABMI.
  • Manages the ABMI website, including determining overall direction, navigation, messages, content etc.
  • Delivers ongoing public communications series such as webinars, newsletters, blogs, and social media.
  • Directs media relations activities, including promoting the ABMI by initiating, supporting, and promoting media coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-secondary degree in biology, ecology or related discipline
  • Greater than 5 years working experience in the field of science communications with excellent organizational, writing and interpersonal skills.  Preference given to those with:
    • Commitment to ABMI's values, vision and mission;
    • Relevant education and experience (communications knowledge and experience);
    • engagement experience
    • communications education
    • journalism education or experience
    • editing and mentoring skills
    • writing skills
    • production (management) experience
    • communications planning experience
    • Long-term career interest in promoting sustainable resource management;
    • Self-motivated;
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
    • A proactive approach to managing problems;
    • Ability to adapt and evolve as required;
    • An interest in learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with biodiversity or natural resource management;
  • Environmental sciences;
  • An interest in public policy and politics;
  • Post-secondary degree in communications or related discipline

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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