Senior Writer
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Position Purpose
Oversees the writing and editing of communications and marketing materials for a wide range of communication channels, including online and print material, email marketing material, press releases, along with video and social media content. Implements innovative strategies to optimize the value of content appearing across the Faculty of Medicine’s communication channels to ensure it supports the Faculty of Medicine, boosts the University’s reputation and fulfills its main objectives.

Essential Qualifications
Knowledge of journalism, communications or public relations normally acquired through post-secondary studies or equivalent work experience
Five years’ experience in writing and editing for journalism, communications, public relations
Proven management skills and ability to resolve conflicts
Proven experience in project management
Experience in a health research and post-secondary or public sector environment
Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks under pressure
Strong organizational, planning and analytical skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Proven ability to work as part of a team, and to interact positively with creative professionals in a fast-paced environment that features high stress situations and changing priorities
Sound judgment, initiative, creativity, flexibility, tact and diplomacy, as well as experience in dealing with conflict situations and sensitive issues that reflect on a corporate image
Proficiency in word processing and knowledge of desktop publishing, HTML editing software (eg.WordPress, Drupal) and image editing software (e.g. Paint Shop Pro)
Bilingual (French and English) with emphasis on excellence in one of Canada’s official languages
Availability to occasionally work evenings and weekends

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

Applications from employees belonging to the bargaining unit SSUO will be considered first. Priority will be given to employees who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies. The University also accepts external applications; they will be selected in second place. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Workshops offered by Leadership, Learning and Organizational Development that you have taken may be considered an asset if you apply for a position at the University. Don’t forget to list them on your CV. We thank all candidates for applying. We will only contact candidates selected for further consideration. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).

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