Communications Assistant

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Job classification: Student Administrative Position – Work Study
Duration: 4 or 8 months, renewable
Hours: Part-time (10-15h/week)
Start date: September 2020 (flexible)
Hourly rate: $20-25 (commensurate with qualifications and experience)
Unit: University of Ottawa Centre for Law Technology and Society
Reports to: Director, Centre for Law, Technology and Society


Position Description

The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society is seeking a creative and driven Communications Assistant to support communications, marketing, and knowledge mobilization needs.

The Communications Assistant will support the promotion of the Centre’s community, events and research on the Centre’s website, newsletter, social media and through original video and design work. The Communications Assistant supports the creation, production and distribution of digital and print material, marketing and media activities. The Communications Assistant will support the centre by contributing to the design, development and dissemination of communication materials; and will ensure compliance with the university and centre’s branding guidelines. The Communication Assistant will support our digital presence including the website, social media platforms, and media relations efforts.

We are seeking a candidate that could support the following functions:

  • Writing news and other announcements
  • Updating our websites and creating contents (on Drupal, and Wordpress)
  • Managing social network accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram)
  • Recording, editing, and animating video (on Creative Suite and YouTube; experience in virtual events is an asset)
  • Designing posters, booklets, reports, etc. (on Creative Suite)

Reporting to Director, and collaborating with the Research Communications Coordinator, the Communications Assistant will join the growing team and dynamic community of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society, Canada’s leading research group in technology law, ethics and policy. They will be working both in French and English, and perform all duties autonomously and proactively. Occasionally, they may be seconded to support key initiatives or events.


Place of work and COVID-19: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we transitioned to a work-from-home model, and this role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances are unique and will work with the selected candidate to explore possible options. At the campus’ reopening, the position will be located within our new workspaces at 100 Thomas Moore, Ottawa. After a reasonable notice, it will be expected that the hired candidate will work in person in our office spaces.


About the Centre for the Law, Technology and Society

The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society is Canada’s premier research group on technology law, ethics and policy and a global leader advancing research and policy in an interdisciplinary setting for the benefit of Canadians and the world. We gather, in an interdisciplinary setting, 24 Faculty members from the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Law, and Social Sciences, 13 Associate members and more than 150 fellows, researchers and students.

Since its inception, the Centre has conducted cutting-edge research at the intersection of technology, law, public policy and society. Formally founded in 2009, the Centre builds on the law and technology research group established by trailblazers Michael Geist and Ian R. Kerr in the late 1990’s. For 20 years, our group has been leading global conversations on the impact of technology on society and civil liberties in efforts to shape policy for a better future in the digital context. Beyond Canada, we have taken important steps to build a global community and advance our role to the global stage.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Minimum qualifications: Bilingualism (French & English); Superior writing, editing and proofreading skills in one of the two languages (preferably in both); Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; Ability to multitask effectively.

Assets: Experience in communication or marketing (print or digital; professional or not); Experience in hosting virtual gatherings; Knowledge of Slack and Microsoft Teams; Knowledge of Drupal and/or Wordpress.

Eligibility: The candidate must be enrolled as a student at uOttawa, preferably within the Faculties of Law, Arts, Social Sciences, or Engineering. Preference will be given to candidates who qualify for the Work-Study Program.


How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and a résumé on our application portal before August 30.

If you're eligible, please also submit an application to the position on the Work-Study Navigator to position #84.

Questions can be sent to

The cover letter must indicate the level of proficiency in both English and French.

Duration: Positions are open for the next academic term, for 4 or 8 months with the possibility of renewal for the summer term. The number of hours are to be discussed depending on the candidate’s availability.

Number of positions: While the preference will be given to candidates able to support most of the functions, two complementary candidates could be hired to work as a team and provide a broad range of expertise to the Centre’s community.

We thank all applicants for their interest. While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted. Please be advised that, due to changes in our funding, management or organizational needs, we reserve the right to pause or stop a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in a timely manner.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as well as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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