A nimble team—with nationwide influence

Don’t be fooled by our modest size—the Federation team of professionals wields considerable influence across Canada and on Parliament Hill.

To further the multi-faceted Federation cause, our cohesive group administers a wide range of programs and services, balanced with the hosting of high-profile events such as our annual Congress and lecture series on Parliament Hill.

If you have the aptitude to join such a team, return frequently to this page for details on the latest full-time, part-time and contract opportunities with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We accept resumes on an ongoing basis for potential openings in the future. Please send your resume and cover letter to, and we will keep it on file for 6 months.

Communications Officer

We have an immediate opening for a talented, energetic and member-focused individual to be our new Communications Officer and to join our team at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This position reports to the Manager, Communications and Membership. 

If you are a results-driven, team player, you will thrive in our collaborative environment, where we enjoy our work while achieving a lot for our members. In this role, you manage and develop systems to engage and communicate with member organizations, all in keeping with the Federation’s strategic objectives.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit


The Communications Officer will work closely with the Manager, Communications and Membership and all members of the organization to plan, design and implement activities aimed at enhancing the Federation’s visibility and public profile in line with the overall strategic goals of the Federation. Activities will focus primarily on promoting the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including writing for online and print publications, planning long-term and short-term communications projects, undertaking design work and managing relationships with partners and suppliers.

The ideal candidate can work in both official languages, understands the academic milieu within which the Federation operates, and is an energetic team player who can deliver high quality products in a timely manner. The successful candidate will have solid all-round communications skills and experience.

The position comes with an annual salary range of $46,000 to $58,000 and great compensation package including health/dental benefits, participation in the employer’s pension plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy. There is also the ability to work in a fun, collegial and supportive work environment, where work-life balance is highly valued!

There will be travel required up to two weeks during the annual Congress event, and potentially overnight stays on a periodic infrequent basis.

What you will do

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive communications plan for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Write, edit and produce a broad range of communications and marketing products in both English and French, including written print and online materials, email campaigns, advertising and signage, as they relate to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Manage relationships with suppliers (e.g., designers, printers), internal and external content writers in order to deliver high quality products on time and on budget.
  • Liaise with the partner university where Congress takes place to seek approval on all deliverables, and ensure the Congress brand is respected and consistent across all initiatives.
  • Prepare advertising materials as part of various cross-promotional agreements.
  • Edit a broad range of communication collaterals against visual standards, lexicons and style guides to ensure respect and consistency of the Congress brand across platforms.
  • Perform basic graphic design for online and print materials and work with external contractors on more complex design projects from brief to sign-off.
  • Write and post new content in English and French to the Congress website, making appropriate use of html and css styling to adhere to website best practices and accessibility guidelines.
  • Support Congress website development projects, including building backend forms, in collaboration with web developers.
  • Consistently measure the success of communications and marketing activities against an agreed-upon set of metrics on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • Other duties as required.

What you need

  • Post-secondary education in communications or related discipline
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in communications and marketing, ideally in a not-for-profit environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. 
  • Bilingualism is preferred; capacity to revise French translations is a significant asset.
  • Experience writing and editing documents for various audiences.
  • Advanced software, web and graphic design skills, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, website content management (Drupal or WordPress preferred), email campaign software, and mailing list management.
  • Experience in building and managing relationships with suppliers.

What you bring

  • Entrepreneurship, initiative, creativity and a proactive attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities.
  • A detail-oriented mind, with a strong focus on organization, planning, follow-up.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multiple team members and stakeholders.
  • High ethical standards and a desire to work with like-minded high-achievers.
  • Clarity of expression — both in writing and orally. 
  • A sense of ownership of tasks and the motivation to follow through to achieve personal and team goals.
  • Establishment of strong and trusted relationships with colleagues and external partners.
  • A sincere respect for the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment; adaptability to different approaches and a flexibility to move in new directions as needed.
  • Commitment to Federation values, vision and direction
  • Willingness to continuously develop skills and knowledge.
  • A good sense of humour.

What success looks like

  • You can learn the role and deliver on existing priorities and deliverables.
  • You understand how effective communication can support and complement event planning, and you constantly seek ways to collaborate and align your work with the needs of the team.
  • You successfully juggle multiple – often times competing – priorities without losing your cool.
  • You take pride in a job well done, high-quality results, and in meeting deadlines.

To Apply

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit for you.

Please submit your cover letter including salary expectations and résumé to: by May 19, 2020.

This position will remain posted until the position is filled, and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.