University of Alberta

Communications and Technical Writer

Department of Civil & Env Engineering

Competition No.  -    S104136197
Posting Date  -    Jul 12, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jul 19, 2018
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $46,627 to $62,954 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    35

This position will be for a one year term, with the possibility of an extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Smart Transportation (CST), the Communications and Technical Writer at the Centre for Smart Transportation will provide comprehensive writing and editing support to CST faculty, staff, and students, including proposal development and high-level editing of scholarly material, as well as produce and coordinate all CST communications materials, including the CST website and newsletter, and coordinate CST-related training, information, and other events.


  • Provides technical editing, formatting, and proofreading for academic journal articles to be submitted for publication (and related correspondence with journal editors) and conference papers for presentations
  • Edits, proofreads, or assists with writing reports (technical, progress, etc.) for submission to collaborators or funding agencies
  • Coordinates meetings with Centre stakeholders
  • Drafts and edits correspondence as required by the Centre faculty members
  • Assists in developing and writing documentation related to the Centre’s governance organization, partnership and funding arrangements, and project procedures for internal and external use
  • Leads as site administrator and key developer of the Centre website, supervising other web editor(s) and managing all content; creates fundamental content and new material for website
  • Writes, designs, and produces a regular Centre newsletter for committed and prospective partners
  • Researches and writes materials for use in multiple venues that raise awareness and the profile of the Centre among target audiences
  • Researches training opportunities and assists in developing training events, including editing PowerPoint presentations, writing and producing handouts and other material, and advertising events widely in appropriate venues
  • Organizes and promotes special events and scheduled training events; distributes invitations and printed materials to appropriate contacts


  • Post-secondary certificate or diploma in a business communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
  • Two years of related experience
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills; ability to multi-task without losing attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with a variety of editing style guides
  • Knowledge of MS Office
  • Familiarity with the University of Alberta an asset
  • Knowledge of the engineering profession an asset

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this position. Also, in your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the following question:

"How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?"

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.