Health Canada is hiring!
Science and regional communications officer
Deadline for applications: Monday, December 16, 2019
Health Canada is seeking a science and regional communications officer in Vancouver. Reporting to the regional communications director for BC, the role focusses on supporting Canada’s open science agenda across the country, along with regional duties for BC. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in both regional and national communications files and functions.
Health Canada has been named among Canada’s top 100 employers for young professionals every year since 2015.
The ideal candidate:
- Proactive go-getter who is energetic, creative and insatiably curious;
- Solid writer who is passionate about science and can translate it into compelling stories;
- Experienced in creating engaging digital content and other communications products for a variety of audiences;
- A results-driven networker who doesn’t spend their entire day behind their desk;
- Able to cultivate effective client and partner relationships in person and virtually with professionalism and integrity;
- Comfortable using web-based collaboration, communication and project management tools to work effectively in a geographically dispersed team;
- Proficient in both English and French (Candidates with limited working knowledge of French, but motivated to further develop this skill set are also invited to apply.)
- Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. (At our discretion, candidates with an acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered).
Duties of the position include:
- Coordinating, researching and writing blog posts featuring scientists and scientific explorations, discoveries and innovations at Health Canada (HC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC);
- Creating social media promotional plans and campaigns;
- Creating internal communications plans and content;
- Supporting planning and execution of news conferences and other events involving the Minister of Health, including live streaming on social media;
- Pitching news and feature stories to local, regional and national media;
- Preparing responses to media enquiries and/or coordinating interviews;
- Helping subject matter experts prepare for media interviews;
- Planning and executing events across Canada to showcase HC and PHAC science to a variety of audiences including media and the public;
- Developing partnerships and opportunities to amplify HC and PHAC communications, marketing and digital campaigns and content;
- Helping to coordinate monthly HC-PHAC science communications network meetings;
- Participating in national working groups and committees on various files; and,
- Preparing briefing materials, presentations, event proposals, as well as various planning and tracking documents.