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University of Toronto
Research & Communications Specialist
Date Posted: 07/22/2021
Req ID: 5343
Department: Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society draws on world-class research expertise across multiple academic divisions; regional, national and international academic partners; and commercial and community organizations.
We see that the world is in the midst of a massive technological revolution. Artificial intelligence, biotech and other emerging technologies are remaking entire industries and rewiring the way we live, work and organize society. Technology is even challenging our conception of what it means to be human. And it's all happening at breakneck speed.
How do we make sense of this new world? How will our institutions metabolize this change? What's in store for ordinary citizens? Are we racing toward utopia or massive upheaval?
At the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, we believe that decoding the present age requires new modes of thinking that dissolve the boundaries between disciplines. Only by bringing together top minds and diverse perspectives from the sciences, humanities and social sciences can we begin to ask the right questions, challenge our assumptions and develop practical solutions.
Technology should always serve the common good, and we think humanity still has the power to shape the technological revolution in positive ways. But we can't just rely on the norms, rules and theories of the past. We have to reinvent our laws, institutions and social values to ensure technology improves lives and delivers a more just and inclusive society.
This role reports to the Director, Strategy and Operations and supports the Schwartz Reisman Institute's mission by enabling the research operations of the institute, and communicating research advances to a broader audience of stakeholders. The position also provides external relations and outreach strategies by planning, developing and implementing an integrated multi-channel communication strategy through community engagement with external collaborations and partnerships.The role communicates promotes the Institute via social media platforms, develops promotional and marketing materials, writes news stories and blog posts, as well as reports and drafts opinion pieces in collaboration with leadership.
Your responsibilities will include:
Implementing communication plans that support outreach goals and objectives
Creating and maintaining presence on social media platforms
Developing content for marketing and/or promotional materials
Promoting events and programs to target audiences
Advising on strategies to align websites with marketing/communication objectives
Fostering positive relationships with project partners
Informing stakeholders of project progress
Conducting systematic literature reviews
Bachelor's Degree in marketing, communications, journalism, a related field or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum five years of relevant communications, media and/or marketing-related activities, or equivalent.
Experience planning and developing an integrated multi-channel communications strategy with a relevant portfolio of proven outcomes;
Experience writing content, developing themes, and maintaining consistent brand identity for multiple audiences and platforms, including print, online, and digital. websites, and social media platforms
Experience advising on the effectiveness of digital marketing, social media strategies and web strategies
Experience managing an organizational website.
Ability to assimilate, interpret, translate, and distill research from primary sources into compelling, engaging, and enlightening communications for a variety of audiences.
Exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills and proficiency in communicating and engaging effectively with a wide range of constituencies
Superior fact-checking, and proofreading skills with a strong portfolio of writing that is clear, accurate, and compelling
Strong time management skills to achieve results and to meet critical timelines in collaboration with stakeholders.
Proven organizational skills, ability to adapt to constantly changing priorities, manage multiple projects concurrently, and complete work in required time frames.
Strong computer skills including MS Office, InDesign, Photoshop, LaTex, Mailchimp, ClickUP or equivalent
Familiarity with technological subject matter
To be successful in this role you will be:
Closing Date: 08/04/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget
This is a TERM role ending April 2023.
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13
$74,781 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $95,634. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Communication/Media/Public Relations
Recruiter: Anita Chooraman