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Starting Salary: $28.05 - $32.95 CAD Hourly

Status: 3-month term, part-time

Job Summary

The KT/ Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and executing knowledge translation activities of the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) in alignment with the centre's mission and values of advancing gender equity and sexual health equity for all across research, policy and practice. Housed under UBC's Faculty of Medicine, CGSHE includes over 30 faculty members and their research teams and trainees. As part of a multidisciplinary and diverse team, the KT/Comms Specialist works under the UBC Communications Lead at CGSHE to develop, manage and execute KT and communications goals of the CGSHE. The KT/ Comms Specialist designs and executes designated KT projects to support both overall centre goals and project specific KT of faculty members/their teams, including project/report design/layout, creation of audiovisuals, graphic visual design, event KT, and social media campaigns, but may also provide design and implementation of comms tasks as needed (e.g. media and digital engagement, including website, social media and digital account support).


Under the supervision of the Communications Lead, this UBC position works as part of the core Comms/KT team at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Equity at UBC's Faculty of Medicine. The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of leadership in promoting gender equity and sexual health equity through in BC, Canada and globally.


  • Work independently under general direction from the Communications Lead on specific KT/ Comms projects and in collaboration with CGSHE senior leaders, faculty, and external experts to promote CGSHE's brand (e.g., newsletter and web copy, blogs, interviews, marketing materials, social media KT content, presentations and reports).
  • Provide strategic recommendations to the CGSHE Communications Lead regarding KT activities.
  • Provides KT/comms specialist support to events and roundtables (e.g. co-host webinars, KT design/layout for promotion).
  • Works with Communications Lead to oversee the tracking and monitoring of relevant KT/ comms activities and outputs.
  • Strategizes and provides support to faculty on integrated and end-of-grant KT activities.
  • For project-specific KT work, consults with relevant faculty leads to determine visual/design needs and executes KT project design.
  • Develops and implements KT projects that serve stakeholders
  • Creates simple language copy and final visual design of KT/comms projects including infographics, social media visuals, and visuals for websites, posters and policy briefs..
  • Strategizes and manages the dissemination of research findings through various KT activities.
  • ies gaps and opportunities for improving existing KT activities.
  • Performs other duties as requested by CGSHE Communications Lead and senior leadership team.

The incumbent will work from the CGSHE/UBC offices at 1190 Hornby St. Travel to meetings may be required from time to time.


This position entails a high level of confidentiality and discretion. Failure to maintain information in confidence could result in damage to credibility and poor relations with internal and external stakeholders. Implications of decisions or advice may result in restricted operations and legal and/or financial liability. Poor judgment or failure to act in a professional, tactful manner will have an adverse effect on the image of the CGSHE. Poor public/private sector relationships could result in a negative image of CGSHE and may impact levels of research funding made available through partnerships. Errors could result in significant concerns regarding the liability, credibility, and integrity of the Centre, PHC/PHCRI, and the University.


Supervised by and reports to the UBC Communications Lead at CGSHE. Works under general direction. Work is reviewed in terms of conformance with established standards and specific objectives.


May provide supervision of KT/comms activities contractors/third parties, as needed.


  • Undergraduate degree in marketing, communications, journalism, digital media or related field.
  • Minimum of five years' experience in a communications or graphic design role; four years of hands-on experience working with digital communications including social media.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Intermediate knowledge of multimedia practices (online video, podcasts, animation)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in social media, including best practices, tools and tracking.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide total website management, including advanced editing skills using WordPress, content strategy, U/X and information architecture skills, search engine optimization and web analytics abilities.
  • Solid understanding of HTML, content management systems (e.g. WordPress), knowledge of CSS.
  • Comprehensive computer literacy including demonstrated intermediate level skills with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Project management experience, including responsibility for developing project plans and timelines, and managing external suppliers or contractors.
  • Work experience in a research, academic or health care setting an asset OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Familiarity and commitment to gender equity and sexual health equity issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with a demonstrated ability to write in a variety of styles for a range of audiences, and to translate complicated scientific concepts into plain language.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical communications plans, coupled with excellent copy-editing and proof-reading skills.
  • Organized, with a proven ability to identify priorities, complete multiple tasks and deliver results on deadline; demonstrated ability to manage projects.
  • Team player with ability to work in a collaborative manner with diverse groups and be flexible in response to evolving organizational needs.
  • Resilience around working in a fast-paced environment and flexibility to learn.
  • Experienced in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders across diverse contexts, various levels and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and willing to learn.
  • Superior English-language written, editing, and oral communication skills with proven ability to write for diverse audiences.
  • Understanding of marketing and branding principles.
  • Experience in developing and managing social and/or digital engagement campaigns.
  • Experience in copy-editing, proofreading and preparing content for publications, documents, reports, and communication materials for mass distribution.
  • Experience in conference/event planning, including via Zoom.
  • Experience giving presentations to diverse audiences.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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