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Communications Coordinator (BCIRPU) – University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

Company: University of British Columbia

Address: Vancouver, BC

  • Full Time

University of British Columbia

Job Posting
Job ID:
Vancouver – Hospital Site
Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)
Job Category:
Information Services
Classification Title:
Information Services, Level A
Business Title:
Communications Coordinator (BCIRPU)
Faculty of Medicine
Salary Range:
$59,573.00 (minimum) – $71,515.00 (midpoint) – $85,818.00 (maximum)
Full/Part Time:
Desired Start Date:
Job End Date:
Funding Type:
Grant Funded
Closing Date:
Available Openings:
Guiding principle: “Midpoint” of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.
Job Summary
The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU)
To reduce the societal and economic burden of injury among all age groups in British Columbia through surveillance, research and knowledge development, knowledge synthesis, translation and education, and public information for the support of evidence-based, effective prevention measures. Injury prevention in British Columbia is about reducing unnecessary suffering and enabling people to live longer, fuller, happier lives. It is about promoting and safeguarding the health and well-being of British Columbians and reducing the need for health care services. Injury prevention means making choices to minimize risk at all levels of society while maintaining healthy, active and safe communities and lifestyles.

The Communications Coordinator will perform a wide variety of communications tasks designed to publicize and promote BCIRPU’s research activities, services, and injury prevention efforts at the local, regional, provincial and national level. The incumbent will also support the completion of the BCIRPU’s annual deliverables.

Organizational Status
Reports to Dr. Ian Pike, Director of BCIRPU and Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director of BCIRPU and works in conjunction with the staff of BCIRPU on various tasks that enhance BCIRPU’s communications strategies.
Work Performed
  • Lead the planning, coordination, delivery and evaluation (e.g. Google Analytics) of BCIRPU’s public safety communication strategies, including print, tv, radio and social media.
  • Advise BCIRPU management and staff on effective communications strategies and initiatives
  • Responsible for communications projects, including writing, editing, layout, print coordination and photography sourcing
  • Develop, design, format, and manage communications tools including brochures, fact sheets, infographics, powerpoint presentations, research posters, reports and others as needed
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the BCIRPU website and those of its affiliated research programs, including enhancements to content, design and layout, editing and identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Identify opportunities for communication of research and injury prevention messages, including in the news media and partner communication channels, in coordination with BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and/or University of British Columbia media relations specialists, as well as national injury prevention Communications Departments, as appropriate
  • Support faculty and staff with writing and editing speaking notes, reports, briefing notes, preparing digital presentations)
  • Monitor and track communications performance using tools such as Google Analytics
  • Support the Scientific Director of The Community Against Preventable Injuries in the planning and execution of an evidence-based social marketing campaign; including; writing blog posts, creating speaking notes, coordinating media inquiries in coordination with BC Children’s Hospital staff and security
  • Coordinate the bi-monthly BCIRPU tele/webconferences
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • At times, other priorities or opportunities arise at BCIRPU, and therefore the communications coordinator performs other related duties as required.
Supervision Received
The Communications Coordinator works under the general supervision of the Director and Associate Director of BCIRPU with many opportunities to work both independently and as a team member within BCIRPU.
Supervision Given
From time to time, the Communications Coordinator may supervise project volunteers, students and/or support staff.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Evidence to Innovation Theme and BCIRPU are members of the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR). Errors made could influence the ability of research staff to meet critical deadlines, as well as compromise the results of research projects, and therefore impact the credibility of the Director and other staff. Poor decisions may be damaging to the reputation of and cause financial loss to BCIRPU, the Theme, BCCHR, BCCH and the University.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of four years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook). Demonstrated experience in writing and editing for both print and web, and experience maintaining websites. Demonstrated experience with coordinating media relations activities. Demonstrated experience with social media. Graphic design experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat). Experience with WordPress and Google Analytics an asset. *

Knowledge of public health and injury prevention an asset. Ability to adapt writing styles for various purposes and audiences. Ability to convey research in a way that is understandable to the layperson. Accuracy and attention to detail required. Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and discretion. Demonstrated ability to set priorities, work effectively under pressure and be results-oriented, both when working independently and within a team. Ability to accurately proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, confident, demonstrate initiative and will have superior writing, editing and design skills as well as excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

All positions in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital require a Criminal Record Check (CRC). A pre-employment CRC is required as part of the recruitment process and any offer of employment is contingent pending positive results of the CRC.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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