Website Sunnybrook Research Institute
The office of communications at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, has an opening for a full-time communications officer, one-year maternity leave replacement.
Sunnybrook Research Institute is inventing the future of health care. About 300 world-class scientists, part of a team of 1,200 research staff, are working to solve the most pressing problems in health care from discovery through to translation. Last year, they conducted $100 million in research in a quest to understand and prevent disease, improve patient care, and develop treatments that enhance and extend life.
Reporting to the director, SRI communications, and working within the SRI communications team, the officer will write, edit and design stories for SRI print and online publications (e.g., magazine, newsletter). This will involve doing research; interviewing sources; and writing, editing, fact checking, and proofreading copy and proofs, sometimes to tight deadlines. It will also involve booking photography sessions and working with in-house and external suppliers.
The successful candidate will write, edit and design other research-specific materials (e.g., reports for donors who have given to research, briefing notes, backgrounders, reports, web copy, profiles of scientists), and work on web-related projects.
The officer must be able to write clearly and effectively in a range of styles, including for the public. This will entail translating medical science concepts and “jargon” into compelling and accurate copy that is suitable for the targeted audience(s). Ability to write quickly and succinctly to a defined word count is critical.
The officer will work with the SRI communications team to identify new paths through which to promote research, and will be responsible for generating and pursuing story ideas. She or he will also lead and contribute to other research projects at SRI as needed. An example is organizing tours for VIPs and research-related events.
In all tasks, the communications officer will ensure messages that align with and seek to advance the strategic research plan of SRI, and Sunnybrook’s vision and mandate, are conveyed and consistent with branding standards.
The successful applicant will have a postsecondary degree in a relevant area (e.g., journalism, communications), with other education or training as applicable. A background in life sciences is highly desirable, as is an understanding of the research environment.
She or he ideally will have at least two years’ experience in a communications role. Superior writing and editing skills, including the ability to capture and translate complex ideas into engaging copy, are essential. The position requires a firm grasp of the mechanics of writing, a sharp eye for accuracy and detail, and experience conducting high-quality interviews.
The successful applicant will be skilled in using InDesign to lay out and design publications and components of publications, like infographics.
The officer must be able to work well in a deadline-driven environment and will be expected to juggle, prioritize and reprioritize tasks without compromising quality, reliably and efficiently turning in assignments to the prescribed word count.
Proficiency with relevant computer programs is essential, including Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop and InDesign. So, too, are good organization and time-management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills are needed to work effectively with people across the organization, especially researchers and their teams. A high degree of initiative is essential, as is reliability. The successful applicant will be professional and show respect for others at all times. Experience working in a large and complex institution in the area of science, research or health care is a plus.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a covering letter, résumé and three design/writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate communications officer, SRI, in the subject field of your email. The deadline is February 27, 5 p.m. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Samples will not be returned.