Current job postings

1. French Writer/Revisor, University Affairs and Communications
2. Office Assistant, Corporate Services

French Writer/Revisor
University Affairs and Communications 

(One-year term position) 

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education, research and innovation. We publish University Affairs, the leading magazine and most trusted source of university job listings for those working in Canadian higher education.

We are currently seeking a French Writer/Revisor to work under the supervision of the Editor of University Affairs and the Assistant Director of Communications. You will work independently and as well as with the two teams to increase and enhance the coverage of our French-language universities in University Affairs as well as provide communications support in the advancement of the association’s advocacy priorities including engagement with francophone news media, social media presence, connection with francophone member institutions, and francophone thought-leaders and higher education champions.

You will be responsible for creating content that is compelling, concise, and relevant to our audience. Your excellent journalistic writing ability in French, superior planning skills and outstanding judgment and creativity will fuel your ability to drive the news agenda. You have solid knowledge of university structures, dynamics and information on higher education.

You are not in this alone; you will draw on the strengths and expertise of the University Affairs and Communications teams as well others throughout the organization who have contributed to the ongoing success of University Affairs for the past 60 years!

If you are right for this opportunity, you will possess the education and experience listed below:

Education and experience

  • University degree (preferably in Journalism)
  • Excellent verbal and written French communication skills
  • Superior grammar skills and high attention to detail
  • Strong knowledge of both official languages
  • Three to four years of progressive experience
  • Self-motivator with an outgoing attitude
  • Innovative, creative, imaginative
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to handle multiple tasks/priorities
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a highly collaborative, deadline-driven environment
  • Build relationships and work effectively with others
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage them efficiently 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Write news stories and occasional longer articles in French for University Affairs
  • Liaise with francophone freelancers, assign stories and edit their copy
  • Do supplemental reporting from French-language universities for news stories and features
  • Monitor French-language websites and social media and liaise with university communications offices and francophone higher-education organizations to develop potential story ideas
  • Craft catchy headlines, display copy and other textual additions in French, working in conjunction with the translation department.
  • Write/edit French items for francophone media, such as opinion articles and letters to the editor
  • Media relations with francophone media
  • Write French speaking notes and speeches for senior staff
  • Liaise with communications staff at member institutions
  • Prep senior staff for French language media interviews
  • Proofread and review layouts of French print publications
  • Maintain good relationship with francophone stakeholders

Tell us your story! Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae and their story to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by September 22, 2019. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

The hiring salary range for this position is from $67,862 to $77,999 depending on experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education, research and innovation. We also encourage cooperation among universities and among partners with whom we share interests. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit association, funded through membership fees and revenues from our publications and other services.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, group insurance, free gym membership and scholarships for children.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

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Office Assistant
Corporate Services 

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. We provide a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education, research and innovation. We also encourage cooperation among universities and among partners with whom we share interests. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit association, funded through membership fees and revenues from our publications and other services. We are currently recruiting an office assistant.

Under the supervision of the office coordinator, the incumbent will provide reception and telephone services to the association as well as perform a variety of administrative support duties.

This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that ideal candidates would possess.

Education and experience

  • A high school diploma and some postsecondary courses in administration or office management
  • One to two years of prior relevant experience

Knowledge/Abilities/Qualities

  • Knowledge of telephone console
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, Excel) and Office 365
  • Spoken proficiency in both official languages
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional customer service attitude
  • Ability to work with constant interruptions
  • Proactive, responsive, nimble and flexible

High degree of judgment, initiative, discretion and insightThe hiring salary range for the executive assistant position is from $40,477 to $45,000 commensurate with experience. Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer and offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes three weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, and life, disability, medical and dental care insurance.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by September 23, 2019. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the Human Resources Division. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

Universities Canada