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, as well as co-op and paid internship positions.

Communications Coordinator

We have an immediate opening for a talented, energetic and member-focused individual to step into the role of Communications Coordinator and join the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ small but mighty communications team! 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 Coordinator will work closely with the Manager, Communications and Membership, the Communications Officer and all members of the organization.  Activities will focus on understanding the changing communications environment for the Federation and continually working to plan and implement media and social media activities aimed at enhancing the Federation’s visibility and public profile to support  the organization’s 2016-2020 strategic goals.

The ideal candidate is energetic, understands the environment within which the Federation works, understands social, online and print media, and thrives on constantly adapting to new realities to generate content via blog posts, media releases/advisories and social media platforms.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develops and executes an ambitious social media strategy for the Federation, including smaller event-specific social media plans for Federation–led events.
  • Develops and executes a plan for the development of the Federation’s blog, including writing blog posts, soliciting posts from Canadian academics in consultation with the communications team, and editing a regular series of guest posts.
  • Generates posts and promotes fresh daily text and visual content to Federation social media channels and websites promoting Federation, member and partner initiatives.
  • Maintains the Federation’s social media calendar and social media contact lists for membership and stakeholder audiences.
  • Proactively monitors a variety of topics in the media and ensures relevant issues are communicated to policy staff and others. Identifies opportunities for the Federation to respond to media.
  • Publishes Morning Buzz media monitoring newsletter to Federation Board and staff in a timely fashion.
  • Generates Communications Quarterly Analytics Reports, and monitors social post performance on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Regularly monitors and tracks media pickup of Federation events, members and speakers.
  • Drafts media releases, media advisories, comment letters and Federation quotes for use with media.
  • Secures and oversees Federation contracted bloggers, tweeters and photographers for Federation events.
  • Works closely with the Manager, Communications and Membership on other media relations and earned media initiatives.
  • Other duties as required.

Education and experience

  • A post-secondary degree in journalism, public relations, communications or other related discipline
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in journalism, public relations, communications or marketing, including experience generating social media content and working directly with media.
  • Demonstrated experience in being responsible for an organization’s social media.
  • Experience in writing and maintaining a blog or similar forum.

Skills and abilities

  • Bilingualism is required; excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing in an engaging manner for a public audience.
  • Ability to write quickly, accurately and under pressure in both languages.
  • Ability to respond to social media interactions quickly and with sound judgment.
  • Strong knowledge of social media dashboards and metrics tools, including ability to track, compile and present social media measurement reports.
  • There will be domestic travel required up to two weeks at a time at least once per year.

Personal characteristics

  • Entrepreneurial and proactive, willing to roll-up sleeves and make things happen
  • Takes ownership of tasks and is motivated to follow through to completion
  • Gets personal satisfaction from producing high quality results that have a positive impact on a small, ambitious organization
  • Can establish strong and trusted relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Respects the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment
  • Is adaptable to different approaches and flexible to move in new directions as needed
  • Seeks to continuously develop skills and knowledge
  • Commitment to Federation values, vision and direction
  • Good sense of humour

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 April 12, 2019.

This position will remain posted until the position is filled, and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.