Media and Communications Specialist

Perimeter Institute’s vision is to create the world’s foremost centre for foundational theoretical physics, uniting public and private partners, and the world’s best scientific minds, in a shared enterprise to achieve breakthroughs that will transform our future.

In communicating throughout Canada and around the world, the External Relations group at Perimeter harnesses the collaborative power of team members from across all areas of the Institute. This includes interacting with other content-producing areas such as the research community, Educational Outreach, Publications, and Advancement.

These groups at Perimeter create a multitude of content to share among key audiences: research findings on the frontier of physics, interactive outreach activities for students, lectures from leading thinkers, international festivals and external-facing events.

The External Relations efforts exist to ensure communications continuity and connect the messages with key stakeholders and audiences at the right time. In doing so, External Relations conducts operations involving media relations, government relations, marketing services, and production services. The department also spearheads certain special projects and contributes to initiatives owned by other areas.

Within this collaborative context, the External Relations Department is currently seeking a highly skilled Media & Communications Specialist to contribute to the planning and delivery of external communications activities.

Reporting to the External Relations and Public Affairs Department, the incumbent will enhance the flow, repurposing, and dissemination of messages through existing Perimeter channels and carve out new pathways and relationships to share Perimeter messaging and content among diverse audiences. This will be accomplished through engaging national and international media, online and cultural influencers, third-party organizations, as well as existing stakeholders and key partners. In addition, they will vet inbound inquiries from media members, influencers, and organizations – followed by the research and recommendations on opportunities.

Applicants for the position should hold a post-secondary degree in Journalism, Communications, Sales & Marketing, Business Administration, or a related field and have 3+ years of experience with earned media, social media, marketing communications, and public relations messaging. The successful candidate will require exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of both traditional media and experience with modern and emerging channels are essential. The Media & Communications Specialist will, at a high level, deeply understand the nature of key audiences, plus the individuals and vehicles that best engage them.

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To ensure full consideration, interested and qualified candidates are invited to complete the online application form before January 15, 2014, making sure to include their CV; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.  Perimeter Institute encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities.