The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is recruiting!

Marketing and Communications Assistant

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy are recruiting for a temporary, full-time Marketing and Communications Assistant.

The term would begin as soon as possible and continue until September 5, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

The hourly rate of pay will be based on experience and qualifications and will not be less than $13.00/hour at 35 hours per week.

Candidates must be a current undergraduate university student who has completed ideally at least two years of study; preferred fields are marketing, communications, business, education, humanities, or social sciences. The candidate must be returning to full-time studies in the fall. This position is funded in part by Canada Summer Jobs, and applicants must meet eligibility criteria as defined by the program (see Qualifications section).

The Marketing and Communications Assistant (MCA) will work at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) under the guidance and mentorship of the Marketing and Communications Specialist at JSGS on a range of marketing and communications projects to gain experience in the museums sector and higher education fields.

The MCA will: 

  • assist with the implementation of the communications and marketing plans for the DCC and JSGS;
  • conduct an environmental scan of different museum websites to look for best practices with the goal of refreshing the DCC website structure and content;
  • assist with the DCC website refresh and ongoing website updates;
  • assist with the management of the DCC’s and JSGS’ social media presence;
  • participate in the development and design of print and digital media for the DCC and JSGS; and
  • write and edit stories featuring JSGS faculty and student research success.

The MCA may also participate in community outreach initiatives for the DCC and student recruitment efforts for JSGS and occasionally staff the DCC’s visitor desk to greet and interact with museum visitors and special guests.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the DCC and JSGS are closed temporarily and staff are working remotely. The successful candidate would also work from home, and some of these activities will be assigned only when the Diefenbaker Building re‑opens.

Qualifications

Candidates must be a current undergraduate university student who has completed ideally at least two years of study; preferred fields are marketing, communications, business, education, humanities, or social sciences. The candidate must be returning to full-time studies in the fall.

The ideal candidate is passionate about Canadian history and will have some general familiarity with, or the willingness to learn, the following skill set: 

  • Culturally aware and a desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills and the ability to learn and retain historical information
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with interactive platforms such as Zoom, and working knowledge of MS Office
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change in a fast-paced setting
  • Organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities
  • An understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history, governance, and politics
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects and to take initiative
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • A commitment to exceptional customer service, including a tactful, responsive, pleasant, and effective manner in person, phone, and email communication
  • Ability to problem solve effectively in an independent manner
  • This position requires flexibility and may include weekend shifts. Some in-province travel may be required, including overnight stays out of town.
  • The ability to communicate in French (written and oral) would be considered an asset.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria set by Canada Summer Jobs: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible participants); and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to apply

Applications will be considered beginning June 3, 2020, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, send the following information in a single PDF file to jsgs-hr@usask.ca (note that the subject line of the email must state the position title: Marketing and Communications Assistant):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating how you meet the qualifications, why this position appeals to you, and what you feel you can bring to the DCC and JSGS teams
  • Names and contact information of three references