Communications Specialist (Permanent Full-time) #2

The Communications Specialist, reporting to the Manager of Strategic Insights and Impact Reports, will be responsible for translating complex scientific and medical information into donor-centric communications (e.g. proposals and impact reports) and serve as a knowledge resource in key areas of the Cancer Centre. In this role, the individual will work collaboratively with a passionate team of writers to support the needs of four departments and the organization as a whole.


  • Produce high-quality original content quickly and efficiently to meet tight deadlines
  • Research and translate scientific and medical information into engaging materials for stakeholders
  • Attend internal and external stakeholder meetings for collection of content
  • Edit, review and amend work in response to stakeholder feedback
Technical Skills & Capabilities

  • Writing and research skills of the highest quality – with the highest attention to detail – both in narrative style for reports as well as other donor communications (e.g, PowerPoint presentations, infographics)
  • Demonstrated experience writing about health and science topics directed to a broad audience
  • Proven editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong critical thinking and communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to work independently
  • Extremely well organized in order to accomplish a multitude of competing priorities under tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with the preparation and presentation of spreadsheets and graphs is expected
  • Demonstrated experience understanding and analyzing complex data
Leadership & Interpersonal Skills

  • The mindset of a ‘one team’ approach for effective collaboration
  • Ability to partner with stakeholders in a professional manner, and to develop and leverage professional working relationships
  • Highly inquisitive and comfortable working with ambiguity to find clarity
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to execute deliverables within stated timelines
  • Proactive mindset to anticipate project challenges
Experience & Education

  • University degree in science/health-related discipline is an asset
  • Minimum five years of experience writing scientific content, research grants or journalism content preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Raiser’s Edge and project management tools

To Apply: Please submit a resume and three examples of written work (preference given to content about science/health/technology content and whose primary audience is the lay public) no later than October 9, 2020.

POSTED DATE: September 29, 2020 CLOSING DATE: October 9, 2020

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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