Communications Coordinator (Global Institute for Water Security)

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK, CA

Primary Purpose: The Communications Coordinator supports the development and implementation of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) communications strategy,  engages local, national and international stakeholders and builds the reputation of GIWS and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in alignment with strategic communications plans.

Context: GIWS is the top-ranked Canadian water resources research unit (ranked #1 in Canada) and a global leader in water security research (ranked #19) in the field of Water Resources. GIWS manages the individual research programs of more than 94 faculty members from 21 academic units. GIWS also runs several facilities and programs, including its Canada First Research Excellence Fund project called Global Water Futures (GWF), a pan-Canadian research program in partnership with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University.  Additional information is available at:

Nature of Work: Reporting to the GIWS Director of Communications, the Communications Coordinator will be part of the GIWS Communication and Outreach team, and will ensure high quality in communications initiatives, including creative services and content creation, GIWS social media coordination and maintenance, GIWS branding and the planning, promotion and execution of GIWS-led events.  The Coordinator and the Communication and Outreach team will work closely with GIWS Executive Leadership team to help meet GIWS communications goals. The Coordinator, as assigned by the Director of Communications, will also support GWF in meeting any separate communications goals. The Coordinator will help ensure that digital content is aligned with these goals, as well as with university standards and guidelines.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:


  • Creative Services
  • Provides design and layout capacity for digital and print materials such as (but not limited to) infographics, brochures, presentations and powerpoints, advertisements, newsletters, banners and display items, promotional materials and merchandise, posters, websites, etc.
  • Works with Adobe software such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop towards professionally-designed print and digital materials.
  • Provides photo and video editing support for print and digital communications.
  • Content Creation
  • Creates content such as videos, photos, infographics, etc. that are used for the marketing and promotion of GIWS in and its programs and events, including (but not limited to) the GWF program and the Let’s Talk About Water (LTAW) science communication initiatives.
  • Science communication and science writing of research related to GIWS programs, faculty, researchers, facilities, etc.
  • Works closely with the Director of Communications and the rest of the GIWS Executive Leadership team to ensure alignment of GIWS priorities in the creation of content.
  • Social Media
  • Primary coordination and maintenance of GIWS, GWF, and LTAW social media channels that include (but are not limited to): Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mailchimp, and Eventbrite.  
  • Posts regular content to the above-mentioned social media channels, often relying on creative services and content creation as listed above.
  • Works in close coordination with the Outreach Coordinator and Digital Services Coordinator to ensure messaging aligns with GIWS areas of research focus, promotes coming events, and covers current events, etc. 
  • Brand and Reputation
  • Ensures all digital and print materials are properly branded and follow the GIWS branding guidelines for both GIWS (and related programs and initiatives) and the University of Saskatchewan (Usask)
  • Works with the brand to build the reputation of GIWS and water research at USask
  • Works to build the reputation of the GWF program
  • Events
  • Assist in the planning, promotion and execution of GIWS-led events, that include (but are not limited to) the Let’s Talk about Water film festival youth prize and water film prize; GWF Annual Science Meeting and Operations Meeting; the Distinguished Lecture Series and Women and Water Lecture Series; and World Water Day
  • Other Duties as Assigned (included but not limited to)
  • Support with website creation and maintenance
  • Support in the preparation of GIWS and GWF Annual Reports
  • Support with duties assigned by Executive Director of GIWS via the Director of Communications


Education: A minimum undergraduate degree in marketing, communications or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and directly relevant experience may be considered.


  • Minimum one year of communications work experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment, is an asset
  • Experience with web content management systems and embedding html/php programing
  • Fluent with software such as Office, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Background in website creation, maintenance, support, etc.


  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational, time management and creative thinking skills
  • Demonstrated customer service orientation and responsiveness in addressing user needs and delivering service in a timely manner
  • Careful attention to detail and proof-reading skills

There is a strong internal candidate for this position.