This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months. About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018. Job Summary

The Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine (APMPM) is a large, complex clinical and academic department that provides patient care, delivers education and conducts research in the areas of anesthesia, pain management and perioperative medicine. Reporting to the Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, the Communications Advisor provides strategic advice, communications strategy and communications-related support to the department.


  • Creates and maintains the communications and marketing strategy for the department, which includes media relations policy, external communications, recruitment and promotion/advertising strategies, as well as an internal communication strategy for all departmental sites.
  • Researches material from a broad spectrum of sources (e.g., emerging trends, technology in marketing, audience engagement) to assist in the development of strategic communications plans, briefing notes and materials. Coordinates the department's online presence and social media activity
  • Develops a plan for the creation and maintenance of promotional materials to be used in the recruitment of anesthesiologists, residents and fellows, and the promotion of the department in general.
  • Maintains knowledge and understanding of department priorities and academic and clinical activity in order to effectively promote the department. Participates in various committees as necessary to support their objectives and provide strategic communications advice and guidance.
  • Determines content and prioritizes information. Writes articles, and interviews story subjects. Solicits and edits submitted articles from faculty and staff members.
  • Manages and coordinates special projects for the department head and the chief operating officer. Projects are of a wide variety and will vary depending on departmental priorities and planning.
  • Note Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations or Communications, plus approximately three to five years' experience in a related field (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Experience in creating and executing successful marketing and communications strategies, preferably in a medical or university environment. Experience with generating integrated content (creation of written content, video and/or photography) in a communications role, including the development of promotional material, newsletters, and annual reports. Demonstrated ability to exercise judgement and discretion in dealing with sensitive and highly confidential information. Service oriented, highly motivated, and equally capable of working independently as well as part of a team.


The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie's core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

  • Self-Awareness & Professionalism
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Knowledge & Thinking Skills
  • Thinking and Acting Strategically
  • Relationship Building
  • Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program. Application Consideration

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Halifax, NS, Canada
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