Senior Research Reporter (Term), Communications and Marketing, ADM6
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill is a world-leading, research-intensive university and the major research university in Atlantic Canada. Dalhousie attracts more than $150 million in annual research funding. The university's research mission is to create a hub of world-leading research and innovation that adds to the intellectual, social and economic capital of our communities. You can find out more about Dalhousie's research strategy at

Communications and Marketing is responsible for stewarding and enhancing the reputation and awareness of Dalhousie University through integrated strategic communications and marketing plans. Dalhousie's research story and media profile are important influencers of reputation and engagement. The Senior Research Reporter is a new, pivotal position focussed solely on strategically profiling our research narrative to local, national and international audiences. The incumbent will report to the Director of Communications and PR while working closely with the AVP of Communications and Marketing to develop and implement new strategies, approaches and standards for profiling Dal's research stories and researchers to engage audiences in the vital issues and importance of research and innovation.

Key Responsibilities:
Assess and analyse Dalhousie's research profile against our competitive set and use data and evidence-based decision making to develop strategies and approaches for research communications and planning to set a new standard for Dal's research story telling.
Develop and maintain deep and authoritative knowledge of research and researchers across Dal including the impact of research on the student experience and the intellectual, social and economic development of communities.
Develop an editorial calendar and continuous stream of compelling story ideas through researching, writing and/or coordinating and collaborating with campus colleagues, copyediting and proofreading the work of others, as needed.
Pitch approximately four to five stories locally, nationally and internationally on a weekly basis and track, monitor and adapt strategies drawing on insights from media analytics.
Draft social media content to help promote stories on the University's social media channels.
Note: The incumbent should be willing to be accessible and available outside of normal office hours for research-related story events, as necessary.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations or a related field (or an equivalent combination of education) and a minimum of five to seven years' experience. Experience reporting and writing for an established electronic news site or periodical and demonstrated ability to generate a reliable stream of original and compelling story ideas and extremely well-written content is essential. Familiarity with the post-secondary education sector and knowledge of Dalhousie University, including the cultures of research, teaching and student life, is an asset. Strong local, national and international media network is an asset. Other specific skills required include excellent research, reporting, writing, editing and collaboration skills; demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts; manage multiple projects; and exercise initiative.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie's core and leadership competencies, in particular:

Knowledge and Thinking Skills
Relationship Building
Respect and Inclusion
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by February 25, 2019 to competition DPMG-19018.

Salary Range: $ 57,777 - $78,168 per annum (ADM-06). This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months. This is a 3-year Term position.

This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit