Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) & CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN)

Job title:                                              Communications Officer

Departments:                                    Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) & CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) at the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI)

Location:                                             St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Salary:                                                Salary commensurate with experience

Desired Start date:                       As soon as possible

Full/Part time:                                Full-time (37.5 hours)

Term:                                                    2 year, renewable

Possibility of Extension:               Dependent on grant funding

Application Closing Date:            Open until filled

How to Apply:                                   Interested candidates should email their resume with cover letter to HR.


Job Summary

We are looking for a Communications Officer who can fit into a collaborative, can-do, and results-oriented work culture.

Located at St. Paul’s Hospital, CHÉOS is an interdisciplinary collective founded to pursue excellence in health outcomes research. In addition to conducting its own research, the Centre’s other primary function is to offer methodological expertise to other researchers, including assistance with study design, statistics, health economics, data management, and grant facilitation for both health outcomes research and clinical trials. The Centre consists of 65-70 faculty members and 130-150 staff and research personnel.

The CTN is an innovative partnership of clinical investigators, physicians, nurses, people living with HIV, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others that facilitate HIV clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards. Established in 1990 as a cornerstone of the federal AIDS Strategy, the CTN is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and jointly sponsored by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Providence Health Care) in Vancouver.

Work Performed

This role will support communications in helping to create visual marketing materials, update stakeholder contact lists, and provide support as needed to the Communications Manager on the delivery of current projects.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Coordinating, writing, and maintaining marketing and communications content for print, web, and social media.
  • Creating a weekly e-newsletter.
  • Coordinating events/seminars as needed.
  • Writing and posting blog updates.
  • Audio and video recording, editing, and a variety of electronic media production.
  • Ensuring all communications materials are up to date and on brand.
  • Maintaining and updating web content on two separate websites.
  • Planning, developing, and implementing digital content for social media channels.
  • Coordinating photo and video shoots.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

Reports to the Director of Communications and the Communications Manager.

Supervision Given

This position does not include supervision of other staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The incumbent must be able to operate independently and exercise sound judgment and decision-making. Errors in judgment could have harmful consequences, including adverse public relations, negative media reaction, and significant financial costs. Errors could have a significant impact on the success of the Centre, Network, and its affiliates.

Working Conditions

The applicant will be working at the CHÉOS/CTN office located at 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver. The incumbent will be provided with an appropriate work space.


  • Completion of a degree/diploma in Communications or a related field from a post-secondary institution plus a minimum of three years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Aptitude for multi-tasking concurrent projects while maintaining an eye for detail.
  • Strong communicator with experience working with a variety of mediums, including print, web, and social media.
  • Excellent computer and social media skills.
  • Proficiency with Mailchimp.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships.
  • Strong spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work in a deadline-driven context.
  • Photo and video editing, as well as comfort with graphic design programs and principals.
  • Ability to translate English communications to French an asset.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and the Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) is preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks, and manage competing priorities in a dynamic workplace.
  • A team player who collaborates and has strong people skills.
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and a positive attitude while performing in a fast-paced environment.

Equity and diversity are essential to research and academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

To apply for this job email your details to hr@cheos.ubc.ca