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Position: Communications Coordinator
Organization: Ocean Tracking Network
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a rapidly growing international marine and freshwater monitoring platform that focuses on tracking the movements of species in the context of ocean climate change. OTN is headquartered at Dalhousie University and has ties to international universities and research institutions.

Supervisor: Anja Samardzic, Communications Manager, Ocean Tracking Network

Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000

Job purpose:

We are searching for a talented and professional communications coordinator to join our dynamic team at the Ocean Tracking Network. The duties will be diverse and multi-faceted; professionalism and creativity are vital for this role.

The successful candidate will help create promotional materials, contribute to the development of the OTN website, organize meetings and presentations, coordinate events, campaigns and projects, and develop strategies to effectively deliver organizational messages to OTN stakeholders. The candidate must possess superb written and verbal communication skills and have in-depth knowledge of trends in marketing and science communication.

This is a one-year grant paid position (likely to be renewed until 2023) and is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The communications coordinator will report directly to the OTN communications manager.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinating VIP and public outreach events, campaigns and special projects;
  • Developing communication and promotional materials (e.g. newsletters, news stories, fact sheets, event posters, and presentations, press releases etc.);
  • Maintaining and producing written/graphic content for the OTN websites and social media, and digital communications platforms to ensure all sites are up to date and appear both professional and on-brand;
  • Handling press requests, press conferences, and developing strategies for liaising with the press that are on-site for related events;
  • Writing, developing, and distributing promotional materials for reporters and journalists (science bloggers, other researchers, social media influencers) about the programs, research, academics, events and activities of OTN;
  • Coordinating with OTN partners to ensure communication needs and goals are met;
  • Liaising with Highly Qualified Personnel and PI’s to fact-check information disseminated through OTN online channels;
  • Working with the OTN communications team to create updated strategic documents that align with OTN’s changing long-term goals (communications plan, social media plan, crisis communications plan) and other supporting documents;
  • Archiving photos, video clips and other graphics for general OTN use; and
  • Assisting with other communications activities and tasks as needed


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in communications, marine biology, or a related field;
  • A demonstrated passion for understanding and communicating ocean science and technology;
  • A strong understanding of public relations, a strong, outgoing personality who works well in a group atmosphere;
  • Good communication skills, punctuality and reliability, creativity and problem solving;
  • Exceptional editorial insight, attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within tight and strict deadlines;
  • Understanding and interest in science communication;
  • Ability to research, process, organize, and present information interestingly and convincingly, and prioritize work assignments and deliver by the appropriate deadlines;
  • Demonstrated fluency in written English with exceptional grammar and punctuation skills;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (photo editing, graphic layout and design), social (Twitter, Facebook) and digital media (Wordpress);
  • Experience tracking, analyzing and reporting on web, social media and email performance analytics; and
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment with excellent oral and written communication skills

Please provide two recent writing samples (feature article preferred) and two design layouts (newsletter or other) with your application.

Application Deadline: August 19th, 2019 by 4:00pm

Interview Schedule: Week of August 26th, 2019

Start Date: September 16th, 2019

Applications will be reviewed when received. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Thank you!

ATTN: Anja Samardzic, , cc

Ocean Tracking Network
1355 Oxford St., P.O. Box 15000
Steele Ocean Sciences Building,
Dalhousie University Halifax, NS, B3H4R2
Tel: 902-494-4405

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Aug 15 2019    Numéro : 54379