University of Alberta

Communications and Technical Writer

Department of Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    S104137628
Posting Date  -    Nov 14, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jan 10, 2019
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $46,627 to $62,954 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    35

This position has an end date of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Reporting to the Director of the Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT), the Communications and Technical Writer plays a key role in the coordination and finalization of communication materials produced on behalf of the staff and students associated with the Centre. The successful candidate must be comfortable in interactions with senior and academic colleagues.


  • Assists in developing written and graphic communications and public relations material
  • Researches and writes materials that raise awareness and the profile of the CETT
  • Assists Director in writing and editing of grants and award applications
  • Assists Director in preparing annual reports for the University, NSERC or industrial partners
  • Assesses the writing style necessary for each project and effortlessly transitions from one style to another
  • Works in a collaborative environment where consultation with the Director Staff and graduate students determines the guiding principles for each writing project
  • Writes for and updates the Centre’s website, researches and contributes articles, writes Centre’s newsletter, speaker notes and other correspondence as required by the Director
  • Produces clear, concise and accurate material for different audiences and in various online and printed forms; this includes but is not limited to: technical reports, PowerPoint presentations, thesis editing and website articles and maintenance
  • Assists with editing and proofreading thesis projects for graduate students
  • Provides high-level editing and formatting for academic journal and conference submissions
  • Communicates with printers and publishers
  • Responsible for writing instruction, tutorial, and independent research as necessary
  • Liaises with other communicators with department, faculties, the University, industrial partners and external stakeholders
  • Organizes CETT related meetings and workshops


  • Minimum of a post-secondary diploma in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related discipline; undergraduate degree in related discipline preferred; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • 1 year of demonstrated experience in communication
  • Technical writing experience in an academic setting and supporting journal and research writing
  • Experience in desktop publishing software, preferably Adobe InDesign
  • Experience with social media tools and web content management systems
  • Exceptional organization and analytical skills; ability to multi-task and manage time without losing attention to detail
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities
  • Strong research and information-gathering skills
  • Strong commitment to client service
  • Complete familiarity with MS Office products
  • Familiarity with desktop publishing software and with a variety of editing style guides
  • Familiarity with the University of Alberta and the engineering profession would be considered assets

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this position. Also, in your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the following question:

"How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?"

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered.

Individuals contacted for an interview, will be required to participate in an assignment to further assess writing skills.  

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.