• Research Communications Officer

  • Job Description

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    Employee Group: Support Staff
    Faculty/Department: Office of the Senior Vice President, Academic and Research - Undergraduate Research
    Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
    Reference Number: 18/S/30
    Payband: J
    Hourly Range: $36.42-$42.22
    Hours/Week: 37.5
    Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Application Deadline: Open until filled
    Application Details: Position reposted to consider external candidates. 


    Reporting to the Dean, Undergraduate Research, the Research Communications Officer contributes to communication strategies that support Sheridan’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals. The purpose of this position is to promote and celebrate research as part of Sheridan’s polytechnic brand identity. The incumbent will apply his/her communications expertise to develop clear, compelling and creative materials using a variety of channels including web, print, and social media. Often working under tight deadlines, the Research Communications Officer will coordinate with members of Sheridan’s communications department to align their efforts and deliver high-quality results.


    Specific Responsibilities Include:


    • In consultation with the Dean, Undergraduate Research and with Communications/ Marketing/ Public Affairs, assesses communications needs and leads the development and implementation of a communications plans for research based on strategic and operational plans and objectives, and aligned with Sheridan’s brand and mission/vision/values;
    • Proactively generates content to promote and profile Sheridan’s research for a range of internal and external audiences, ensuring content is on-brand (consistent in terms of style, quality, tone of voice) and aligned with strategic aims;
    • Supports internal communications efforts of Undergraduate Research, including creation of newsletters, memos, Q&A documents, posts, and the rollout of new practices, programs, or policies;
    • Conducts interviews to inform development of content;
    • Writes original content for a variety of formats including (but not limited to) brochures, reports, press releases, news stories, scripts for promotional videos, etc;
    • Uses the institutional photo repository or takes and edits photos/video for various purposes;
    • Creates and maintains an active presence in social media, including planning and writing posts while attending or in advance of institutional events or live;
    • Liaises with external organizations as required to support relevant communication initiatives or provide content (e.g. funding agencies, Polytechnics Canada, etc.);
    • Regularly updates the research website and adds timely content;
    • Seeks opportunities and tools to improve content and user experience;
    • Researches and writes position papers, backgrounders and/or fact sheets on topics related to Sheridan’s research;
    • Plans and delivers communication projects, on time and on budget, that advance strategic objectives;
    • Provides project management for the design of the research website;
    • Consults with key internal (e.g. researchers, academic leaders, communications colleagues) and external (e.g. funders, government, partners) stakeholders to support the planning and development of communications plans, materials and events for specific initiatives or teams;
    • Works closely with teams in Communications/ Marketing/ Public Affairs to ensure research is integrated into other internal and external messaging, and to share ideas and content;
    • Maintains awareness of research activities across Sheridan, to identify storytelling opportunities and support decision-making for selection of projects or researchers for features;
    • Develops, tracks and measures a variety of performance indicators resulting from communications activities;
    • Proactively seeks new ways to measure the impact of our communications efforts. Recommends adjustments to communication strategy and plans in response to outcome metrics where warranted;
    • Works on other duties as assigned.



    • A minimum of 5 years of experience in relevant communications roles, ideally in a higher education or research environment
    • Successful candidate must possess a Post graduate degree or equivalent (e.g. Masters) in the field of Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Creative Writing or a related field;
    • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Experience researching and analyzing complex information, and describing technical/scientific information for general audiences.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective, positive relationships with stakeholders. Strong oral communication and interviewing skills.
    • Self-directed, proactive and the ability to work independently. Strong time-management and attention to detail to ensure timeliness and accuracy of content.
    • High degree of technical competency and proficiency using MS Word, PowerPoint or other presentation software, Adobe, email, digital camera (still and video), photo and video editing software, social media platforms, WordPress or other website software. Experience managing websites.


    Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


    Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.


    Please apply online: https://careers-sheridancollege.icims.com


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