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Don’t be fooled by our size; our team of professionals wields considerable clout across Canada and in the nation’s capital, and we’re always looking for new talent.

If you think you have the right stuff, come back to this page frequently and check out the latest full-time, part-time, and contract opportunities here. We also accept resumes, for future consideration, on an ongoing basis. 

Submit your resume and cover letter at https://secure.collage.co/jobs/fhss/19297.

Do not submit your application by email, but if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at hr@federationhss.ca

Job opportunities

Communications Officer – Six-month contract

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Ottawa, ON) has an immediate opening for a talented, energetic and member-focused Communications Officer to join our Communications & Membership team for six (6) months between January and June 2021. This position reports to the Manager, Communications and Membership. 

If you are a results-driven, team player, you will thrive in our collaborative environment, where we enjoy our work while achieving a lot for our members. In this role, your activities will focus primarily on promoting the virtual 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Congress 2022), including writing for online publications, undertaking design work, using website and email tools, and managing relationships with partners and suppliers.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.federationhss.ca.

Summary

The Communications Officer will work closely with the Manager, Communications and Membership, the Digital Communications Officer, the Member Relations Officer, as well as the Events team at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The position comes with an annual salary range of $46,000 to $58,000 payable in accordance with the Federation’s payroll policy, as amended from time to time.

The ideal candidate can work in both official languages, understands the academic milieu within which the Federation operates, and is an energetic team player who can deliver high quality products in a timely manner. The successful candidate will have solid all-round communications skills and experience.

This position is open to all candidates legally allowed to work in Canada. Fully remote, hybrid or in-person arrangements available.

What you will do

  • Write and produce a broad range of communications and marketing products in both English and French, including email campaigns, web content and advertising, as they relate to Congress 2022.
  • Collect information for, write, edit, build, lay out and send a series of email campaigns to Congress organizers and attendees.
  • Manage relationships with suppliers (e.g., designers, content writers) in order to deliver high quality products on time and on budget.
  • Prepare advertising materials as part of various cross-promotional agreements.
  • Edit a broad range of communication collaterals against visual standards, lexicons and style guides to ensure respect and consistency of the Congress brand across platforms.
  • Provide communications support to the events team in reviewing content in the Event Management System for Congress.
  • Perform basic graphic design for online material and work with external contractors on more complex design projects from brief to sign-off.
  • Write and post new content in English and French to the Congress section of the Federation website, making appropriate use of html and css styling to adhere to website best practices and accessibility guidelines.
  • Lead the Congress tradeshow booth communications strategy, in close collaboration with the Member Relations Officer.
  • Consistently measure the success of communications and marketing activities against an agreed-upon set of metrics.
  • Provide support during Congress (Federation virtual booth, virtual media room, attendance to events)
  • Other duties as required.

What you need

  • Post-secondary education in communications or related discipline.
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in communications and marketing, ideally in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. 
  • Bilingualism is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Experience writing and editing documents for various audiences.
  • Advanced software, web and graphic design skills, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, website content management (Drupal or WordPress preferred), email campaign software such as Constant Contact or MailChimp, and mailing list management.
  • Experience in building and managing relationships with suppliers.

What you bring

  • Entrepreneurship, initiative, creativity and a proactive attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities.
  • A detail-oriented mind, with a strong focus on organization, planning, follow-up.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multiple team members and stakeholders.
  • High ethical standards and a desire to work with like-minded high-achievers.
  • Clarity of expression — both in writing and orally. 
  • A sense of ownership of tasks and the motivation to follow through to achieve personal and team goals.
  • Establishment of strong and trusted relationships with colleagues and external partners.
  • A sincere respect for the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment; adaptability to different approaches and a flexibility to move in new directions as needed.
  • Commitment to Federation values, vision and direction.
  • A good sense of humour.

What success looks like

  • You can learn the role and deliver on existing priorities and deliverables.
  • You understand how effective communication can support and complement event planning, and you constantly seek ways to collaborate and align your work with the needs of the team.
  • You successfully juggle multiple – often times competing – priorities without losing your cool.
  • You take pride in a job well done, high-quality results, and in meeting deadlines.

To Apply

If this position intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter, and why this opportunity is a good fit for you.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. We are seeking applications from employment equity groups including but not limited to persons with disabilities, and Black, Indigenous and/or persons of colour.

You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted directly. The posting will remain active on our website until our search process is complete.

Please contact us in confidence and provide notice in advance if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé, by December 15, 2021 at https://secure.collage.co/jobs/fhss/26999.

For any questions or to request accommodations, please email us at hr@federationhss.ca.

Last updated 2021-11-29

Event Planner  

We have an immediate opening for a talented, energetic and member-focused individual to step into the role of Event Planner and join our Congress and events team! Bilingualism in English and French is an asset.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada.

The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella, and is Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Typically held in late May and early June, Congress is organized by the Federation each year. Congress 2022 will be held virtually, May 12 to May 20, 2022.

For more information, visit www.federationhss.ca and www.congress2022.ca.

Summary

The Event Planner plays a key role in project managing events hosted by the Federation for which our members and stakeholders participate.  The Event Planner reports to the Director, Congress and Events and plays a key role in planning and executing events both internally and externally. This includes full project planning expertise in the planning, development and execution, financial and logistical requirements.  In any given year the event portfolio may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Big Thinking lecture series (Big Thinking on the Hill, @Congress)  
  • Board meetings (3 per year) and ad-hoc committee meetings 
  • Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences which includes expo management
  • Other ad-hoc events initiated by the Executive Directors’ office or Federation programming initiatives 

 The position comes with an annual salary range of $46,000 to $58,000 and a competitive compensation package including health/dental benefits, participation in the employer’s pension plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy which includes a year-end holiday shut-down period. There is also the ability to work in a fun, collegial and supportive work environment, where work-life balance is highly valued! 

Work location

This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Federation office in downtown Ottawa is partially closed due to COVID-19. The Event Planner will be mostly working from home, with the option to work from the office on an occasional basis. You will be provided with a laptop computer and the necessary software to complete your duties, including the use of Zoom and other online collaboration tools. You will be expected to provide your own Internet connection and telephone in order to stay connected.

Travel may be required for up to two-week period to Ottawa in the lead up to and during Congress 2022 in order to be onsite in the Congress command centre for the event. This will depend on the COVID-19 restrictions at the time. For future Congresses, travel will be required for up to a two week period to other Canadian cities in the lead up to Congress.

What you will do

Working within an event planning team, you will:

  • Contribute to event and meeting, planning, implementing and managing the full range of operational, logistical and administrative functions necessary to execute events
  • Lead and participate in the site selection activities for future Congress events;
  • Coordinate travel logistics for all Federation speakers at events;
  • Liaise with the Federation’s travel agency, secure and manage hotel room blocks, prepare accommodation webpage, obtain and monitor all hotel picks ups from Congress hotels and University residences;
  • Utilize event management software to build online registration forms for all events and write edit and produce a range of communications with organizers, exhibitors and advertisers, making appropriate use of html and CSS styling to adhere to website best practices and accessibility guidelines. These pieces include email campaigns, advertising and signage, and other correspondence as they relate to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications team on Congress and event related messaging including email campaigns, website content and print materials;
  • Coordinate planning on-site and virtual meetings for events held at partner universities;
  • Develop relationships with suppliers (e.g. show services/virtual event platform, AV companies, simultaneous interpretation, mobile app, university departments, etc.), in order to deliver high quality products on time and on budget;
  • Liaise with the partner university on a regular basis to collaborate and seek approval on deliverables relating to Congress;
  • Perform basic multimedia (video editing, graphic design etc.) for online materials relating to Congress and events;
  • Prepare work plans including workflows, approvals, and milestones and maintain throughout each project, report up/to necessary updates to director/team members as required. Maintain timelines to meet all milestones and provide alternative suggestions when required;
  • Maintain event budgets and contribute to overall team budget according to work plans and agreements in force. Prepare necessary scopes of work to procure goods and services for events, evaluate quotes and prepare price comparisons as required;
  • Support the work of the broader Federation team by providing similar logistical support for smaller scale activities when required.

What you need

  • You have 2-4 years of related experience in event planning, or a combination of education and direct experience; ideally within a NGO or non-profit environment. It will be an asset if you have experience in a membership organization, and understand the role we play to serve our diverse membership;
  • You have completed post-secondary education, preferably in event planning, events management, or related field;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skill;
  • Experience working with event management and mobile app software as well as proficiency with Microsoft suite of products;
  • Ability to work onsite at events for long periods of time; standing, carrying and lifting of 20lb boxes of conference materials;
  • Experience in building and managing relationships with vendors, key stakeholders, sponsors and members including sales efforts for exhibitors and advertisers;
  • Advanced software skills including word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, database management, email and scheduling;
  • Experience with project management and critical path documentation is an asset;
  • Bilingualism in English and French is an asset.

What you bring

  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt easily;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities;
  • A detail-oriented mind, with a strong focus on organization, planning, follow-up;
  • You exude excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multi-layered teams and diverse communities, establishing strong and trusted relationships, both internally and externally to the organization;
  • High ethical standards and a desire to work with like-minded high-achievers;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings with members, conduct presentations and leverage interpersonal skills to put individuals (colleagues or members) at ease;
  • Tact and diplomacy in dealing with colleagues, elected or appointed representatives of the Federation, as well as with members of universities and organizations;
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset, think proactively, and you’re always willing to roll-up your sleeves and make things happen; 
  • That feeling of achieving personal satisfaction from producing high quality results that has a positive impact on a small, ambitious organization is something your former managers or colleagues admire about you; 
  • A sense of ownership and accountability of tasks and the motivation to follow through to achieve personal and team goals;
  • You have learned how to navigate and understand that people work differently than you and so respect the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment;
  •  A sincere respect for the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment; adaptability to different approaches and a flexibility to move in new directions as needed;
  • Commitment to Federation values, vision and direction;
  • Willingness to continuously develop skills and knowledge;
  • A good sense of humor.

What success looks like

  • You can learn the role and deliver on existing priorities and deliverables;
  • You create strong working relationships with the team at the Federation as well as with stakeholders, partners and members;
  • Your work showcases your initiative, creativity, proactive attitude and commitment to continuous improvement;
  • You understand the importance of the humanities and social sciences in Canadian society and the role of the Federation and services it provides the member community;
  • You leverage your experience and knowledge of event planning and best practices to create impactful events for Federation members;
  • You successfully juggle multiple – often times competing – priorities without losing your cool;
  • You take pride in a job well done, high-quality results, and in meeting deadlines;
  • Your work showcases your attention to detail and willingness to make things happen.

To apply

If this position intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter, and why this opportunity is a good fit for you.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. We are seeking applications from employment equity groups including but not limited to: persons with disabilities, and Black, Indigenous and/or persons of colour.

You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged. Those selected for an interview will be contacted directly. The posting will remain active on our website until our search process is complete.

Please contact us in confidence and provide notice in advance if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé, by December 17, 2021, at https://secure.collage.co/jobs/fhss/26771.

For any questions or to request accommodations, please email us at hr@federationhss.ca.

 

Last updated 2021-11-15

Event Coordinator

(Contract position) January 1 to May 31, 2022

We have an immediate opening for an Event Coordinator to join our team on a contract basis at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This position reports to the Director, Congress and Events. 

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada.

The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella, and is Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Typically held in late May and early June, Congress is organized by the Federation each year. Congress 2022 will be held virtually, May 12 to May 20, 2022.

For more information, visit www.federationhss.ca and www.congress2022.ca.

Summary

As an Event Coordinator, you will play a key role in contributing to the success of a virtual Congress 2022. Working as part of the Congress and Events team, the Event Coordinator will support the implementation of the virtual event platform, assist internal and external users with content creation in the platform, and assist with event registration.

The ideal candidate is a pro-active team player, who has strong communications skills, a focus on attention to detail, and experience working with a variety of members, partners and stakeholders.

You will be paid $20/hour, payable in accordance with the Federation’s payroll policy, as amended from time to time. 

The contract will be for approximately 5 months, from January 1 to May 31, 2022.

Work location

This position is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Federation office in downtown Ottawa is partially closed due to COVID-19. The Event Coordinator will be mostly working from home, with the option to work from the office on an occasional basis. You will be required to provide your own laptop computer and the necessary software to complete your duties, including the use of Zoom and other online collaboration tools. You will be expected to provide your own Internet connection and telephone in order to stay connected.

Travel may be required for up to two weeks’ period to Ottawa in the lead up to and during Congress 2022 in order to be onsite in the Congress command centre for the event. This will depend on the COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

What You Will Do

  • Work collaboratively with the Congress and Events team, with staff at the partner university, and with member associations, to support the delivery of a virtual Congress 2022.
  • Prepare the virtual event platform for graphics upload.
  • Build out content on behalf of the scholarly associations in the virtual event platform.
  • Assist exhibitors with building virtual booths in the virtual event platform.
  • Assist the partner university with building content in the virtual event platform.
  • Assist other Federation staff and contractors with adding content to the virtual event platform, including the posting of speaker recordings.
  • Prepare documentation and instructions for all aspects of the virtual event platform, for various audiences including both the scholarly association organizers and the event registrants.
  • Assist the Congress Registrar with registration duties, both in the lead up to and during the event, including answering emails, responding to registrant inquiries, following up on any issues, and updating the virtual event platform onsite.
  • Other duties as required.

What You Need

  • Post-secondary education in event planning, events management, or a related field.
  • Two years of related experience in event planning.
  • Advanced software skills including word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, database management, email and scheduling.
  • Ability to work onsite at events for long periods of time.
  • Experience in organizing virtual events is an asset.
  • Experience managing content and events on a website (Drupal, WordPress) and in online event management software is an asset.
  • Experience in creating instructions and documentation for virtual event participants is an asset.
  • Bilingualism in English and French is preferred.

What You Bring

  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt easily.
  • A detail-oriented mind, with a strong focus on organization, planning, follow-up.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multiple team members and stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurship, initiative, creativity and a proactive attitude.
  • Clarity of expression — both in writing and orally. 
  • A sense of ownership and accountability of tasks and the motivation to follow through to achieve personal and team goals.
  • A sincere respect for the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment; adaptability to different approaches and a flexibility to move in new directions as needed.
  • Commitment to Federation values, vision and direction.
  • Willingness to continuously develop skills and knowledge.
  • Be comfortable working in a virtual office environment.
  • A good sense of humor.

To Apply

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit for you. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of colour.

This position to be filled immediately. Applications will be assessed as received. Please submit your résumé and cover letter with salary expectations by December 17, 2021 in our online portal at https://secure.collage.co/jobs/fhss/26773.

Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position.

The Federation is committed to providing an accessible work environment. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

For any questions about this position, or to request accessibility accommodations, please email us at hr@federationhss.ca. Do not submit your application by email.

Last updated 2021-11-15