Communications Coordinator


Competition No.  -    S116048573
Posting Date  -    Sep 06, 2022
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $50,425 to $68,486 per year
Grade  -    08
Hours  -    35

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

This position has a term length of one year plus a day with the possibility of extension 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.

Department summary

The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) was founded in 2006 as a partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with core funding from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation. WCHRI is the only research institute in Canada—and one of the few in the world—to focus on women’s and children’s health, including perinatal health. The institute is considered to be a national authority and leader in women’s and children’s health issues. The scope and complexity of WCHRI is extensive—supporting over 430 members from 14 faculties across the University of Alberta.

Position summary

The Communications Coordinator must provide strategic support in stewardship, marketing and communications efforts that will increase awareness of not only of WCHRI, but also community awareness of research supported through WCHRI/the University of Alberta. This increased awareness raises donor dollars from WCHRI’s supporting Foundations, which in turn builds funding support to the University. The incumbent will help foster WCHRI’s objectives in the digital space—developing and implementing tools and strategies that will help bring WCHRI closer to realizing our long-term strategic goals. The incumbent will also provide key administrative and graphic design support within the communications department—intended to increase WCHRI’s profile among key internal and external target audiences.


  • Develop, suggest and execute strategies for web content and engagement including creating, designing and updating webpages, and analyzing analytics
  • Develop and oversee social media presence; identifies and reports on metrics; collaborates with partnering social media teams; and, recommends areas for improvement
  • Manage internal electronic communications initiatives for WCHRI members and staff
  • Develop communications plans for strategic initiatives and execute on plans
  • Research, edit, write, fact-check, review and publish communications material for internal and external stakeholders
  • Write lay-friendly content in the appropriate format (in accordance with style guide) for use in online platforms
  • Manage and maintain WCHRI’s event strategy, including development of comprehensive event plans and promotion; executing on plans; coordinating logistics with internal and external stakeholders; reporting on results and recommending areas of improvement
  • Support the communications team with communications and marketing requests from other WCHRI staff
  • Administer graphic design changes on promotional materials

Minimum Qualifications

  • Communications or marketing-related diploma or degree (Such as a Public Relations diploma, Bachelor of Arts degree, or Bachelor of Commerce degree.)
  • Minimum of two or more years of demonstrated experience within communications or a communications-related field, such as marketing.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, composition, editing and proofreading; for a variety of media. Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Strong digital marketing skills, including web content management (ideally with WordPress), SEO, social media, email marketing software (ideally Campaign Monitor), Google Analytics.
  • Proficiency in a Windows platform computer environment and a working knowledge of various programs and information skills, including Google Workspace, as well as working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and/or a health research environment and hospital foundations a definite asset.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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.