Communications Specialist, First Nations and Métis Health Research Network, and NEIHR National Coord

Department: Psychiatry

Status: Term, 12 months with the possibility of extension

Employment Group: Research

Shift: Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 pm

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

Salary Information: The the salary range starts at $60,000 and is negotiable, depending on experience and expertise.

Salary Phase: Not Applicable

Posted Date: 12/15/2020

Closing Date: Until Filled.

Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose:

The First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training, and Knowledge Mobilization Network (FMHRN; is a Saskatchewan-based consortium of First Nations, Métis and allied individuals, organizations, communities, and institutions with long-established leadership and working relationships in Indigenous health research, training and knowledge mobilization, recently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as the Saskatchewan NEIHR (Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research) network. This network is focused on facilitating research with First Nations and Métis communities across the province, and we work regularly with community and government partners, Elders and knowledge keepers. Co-located with this network is the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre, which provides support to the nine NEIHR networks, and facilitates national and international research collaborations (

The Communications Specialist will act as a resource and support for these networks, supporting a wide range of communications activities, dependent on skill set and interests. These activities could include: assisting with academic publications and grants; organizing webinars, workshops and conferences; updating websites and posting to social media; supporting researchers and staff in developing online learning modules; and event photography and videography.

The Communications Specialist will join a small, highly collaborative staff team. It would be an asset for the incumbent to have knowledge of Indigenous health and health research, and knowledge of issues in reconciliation and decolonization.

Nature of Work: The Communications Specialist is accountable to Dr. Caroline Tait, the grant holder for both networks, and the research leadership of the networks. The incumbent will be part of a core staff team, who work collaboratively and are accountable to each other to support these networks.

This is a fast-paced work environment, and the Communications Specialist will need to balance competing priorities and shifting timelines and exercise judgment and discretion. The networks' offices are located at Station 20 West in Saskatoon, although we are currently working primarily from home due to COVID-19. We follow the USask standard work hours, with some variability for evening and weekend work. The position will involve some travel, once allowable as Public Health restrictions are lifted. This position is professional or supervisory in nature and is therefore exempt from overtime.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

Work will be undertaken with the guidance, support and direction of the Networks' Executive Directors and research leads, core staff team, and members of the Communications Committees. The Communications Specialist will be involved in a range of communications tasks, which could include:

  • Assisting researchers in preparing academic articles, which could include: identifying journals; conducting literature reviews; summarizing literature; reviewing and editing drafts; assisting with referencing and formatting per journal submission criteria.
  • Assisting researchers in preparing health research grant proposals, which could include: reviewing and editing drafts; and preparing CVs, letters of support and other attachments.
  • Identifying ongoing publicity opportunities, and writing and submitting profiles of researchers and research projects for publication
  • Organizing online webinars, workshops, and provincial and national conferences, including: creating marketing materials; advertising events; providing support to speakers before and during events; and recording and editing them for posting to our websites
  • Handling ongoing social media campaigns and website updates, event photography, and possibly videography
  • Supporting researchers and staff in developing online learning modules
  • Other duties as needed.


Education: an undergraduate degree in a related field (Arts, Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, journalism). A Master's degree would be an asset.

Experience: several years of related experience, including familiarity with academic research environments. The Communications Specialist should be very comfortable with technology, including hosting meetings in WebEx, Microsoft Teams and other remote technologies; exercise discretion in written correspondence (including email and other technologies), and at in-person and online meetings; and be familiar with using Microsoft 365 and other common research and office applications.

Preference for Indigenous candidate. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity and diversity. Applications from Indigenous persons are especially encouraged for this role, particularly those with First Nations, Métis or Inuit identity. The University of Saskatchewan relies on section 48 of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to give preference of employment to Indigenous candidates. If relevant, please self-declare as part of your application, and describe your relationship with your community or communities.


Communications and leadership: Ability to exercise independent initiative and work collaboratively with academics and research staff; ability to work well in a team environment; strong planning and organizational skills; exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Indigenous health: Some knowledge of Indigenous health research, Indigenous cultures, languages and governance. Familiarity with issues in truth, reconciliation and decolonization would be an asset.

Research: some knowledge of academic research, including research grant application processes, and familiarity with Indigenous research methods would be an asset.

To Apply: Please submit an application (resume and cover letter) and up to three writing samples or links to communications samples to this posting. The posting is open until filled, and we will begin to review applications January 8, 2021. (Note that the University of Saskatchewan is closed from December 19, 2020, reopening January 4, 2021.)

Any questions regarding this posting can be sent : Via Isarta

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan's main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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