Media Relations Officer-Ocean Networks Canada, UVic- Victoria, BC

Company Summary:

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed along with mobile and land based assets strategically located, instruments that address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

The Communications team delivers communication services and products to raise the national and international profile and generate brand recognition of ONC consistent with ONC’s Communication Strategic and Annual Program Plans.  The team is responsible for developing consistent and clear messaging and brand implementation engaging a host of creative communications products and services to promote ONC’s unique capabilities across all divisions of corporate operations, science, observatory operations, innovation, learning and user engagement to a host of key audiences and stakeholders.

Location: Victoria, BC
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2017
Closing Date: 05 Jul 2017
Expiration Date: 15 Aug 2017
How to apply:

For a full job description and to apply for the position:  Please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your qualifications to: https://www.uvic.ca/hr/careers/index.php.  The deadline for applications is July 5, 2017

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Sales And Marketing
Apply Now: https://uvic.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/2785

The Media Relations Officer (MRO) uses their expertise to communicate high-tech advances and scientific discoveries through traditional media to advance the public’s understanding of ocean observatories, their value, relevance and importance to the global ocean and planet.  The MRO is tasked with raising the profile of ONC on a national and international level, by identifying key strategic opportunities and proactively engaging the media by writing creative, exciting content relevant to a broad audience about ONC’s world-leading activities.  Internally the MRO provides leadership to ONC staff engaged in communication activities.

Qualifications and Experience:

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications and/or public relations and 5 years of communications and/or public relations experience.  The ability to recognize and build compelling stories, translate complex science and tech publications into plain language, and extensive media relations experience along with the knowledge of the traditional media landscape (nationally and internationally) are required.  Ability to build rapport and provide media support and training for scientists, engineers and technical experts, as well as lead and manage teams, and contribute to a collaborative and innovative culture are essential.  A science and tech background and/or an awareness of the current ocean science and technology conversation and issues, as well as the ability to communicate both written and verbally in French will be considered assets.