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Writer, University of Ottawa Publications

Office of External Relations - Communications Directorate

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Job Type: Contract

Open Positions: 0

Posting Date: October 10, 2013

Closing Date: October 20, 2013

Union affiliation: SSUO

Job Reports To: Manager, Print and Online Publications

Salary (Grade: 10)

Hiring salary range

Position Purpose

Oversees the written and graphic content of various University of Ottawa publications, particularly the Gazette and Tabaret magazines, both of which are online news magazines that target specific audiences. Major tasks include managing article publication from conception through to product delivery, writing articles and taking photos when needed. Seeks and investigates slideshow stories, contacts subjects and co-coordinates the writing, proofreading and translation of profiles.

Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of journalism, communications or public relations normally acquired through post-secondary studies or equivalent work experience
Five years’ experience in journalism and/or communications and/or public relations writing and editing
Minimum of three years’ experience in project management, namely in performing work breakdown studies, scheduling tasks, managing teams of professionals, such as freelance and staff writers, editors, photographers, translators and clerical staff.
Experience in coordinating a variety of tasks involving complex information under pressure of deadlines
Experience in a post-secondary or public-sector environment

Key Competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

Other required competencies
Strong organizational, planning and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, and to interact with creative professionals in a positive manner under conditions of high stress and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
Sound judgment, initiative, creativity, flexibility, tact and diplomacy, as well as experience in dealing with conflict situations and sensitive issues that reflect on corporate image
Proficiency in word processing and knowledge of desktop publishing, HTML editing software (e.g. Homesite, Frontpage) and image editing software (e.g. Paint Shop Pro)
Bilingualism, with emphasis on excellence in either English or French
Availability to occasionally work evenings and weekends


Contract of approximately 6 months, with possibility of renewal. Eligibility to benefits and union affiliation will be determined upon hiring.

All applications will be considered equally. This posting may appear simultaneously on external websites.

Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week.

CODL certificates can be considered an asset. Don’t forget to add them to your resume.

We thank all candidates for applying. We will only contact candidates selected for further consideration.

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