Recruiting: Research Communications Manager, Canadian Cancer Society

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As a member of the Communications team at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the Manager of Research Communications is primarily responsible for managing the development and communication of materials that demonstrate the impact of the organization’s funded research.  As part of an expanding strategy to disseminate information about cancer research, this role is central to synthesizing and adapting scientific materials for public and donor audiences, and collaborating with colleagues to ensure nationwide alignment for research communications activities.

This role can be based anywhere in Canada.  Please note this role is a contract position for 1 year.


  • Produces a variety of plain language communications for diverse audiences (both internal and external) by synthesizing results of research for materials, including grant summaries, research impact stories, social media, website content, background for media requests, media releases, staff resources and content to support fundraising activities.
  • Reports on the impact of CCS’s funded research to enhance the profile of the organization with donors, the general public, media and other key audiences
  • Maintains a strong understanding of the Canadian Cancer Society’s research portfolio
  • Identifies new publications and significant achievements through regular literature scans and review of scientific progress reports
  • Manages and creates content for the CCS Research Twitter account to engage the research community and the general public
  • Responds to requests from internal departments to provide and review information for the public and donors about the value of the organization’s funded research
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key external partners, working collaboratively on announcements and other communications activities
  • Seeks out proactive research communication opportunities, liaising with CCS-funded researchers on a regular basis
  • Uses CCS’s Writing Manual and Brand Guidelines to accurately and appropriately tailor messaging as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in health sciences preferably with experience related to cancer biology in an academic, government or corporate research environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • 2-3 years of experience in research communications and knowledge translation
  • Excellent synthesis and writing skills, and ability to communicate complex scientific concepts for a variety of audiences and vehicles
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Good understanding and knowledge of the spectrum of cancer control research and health care sectors
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative and work collaboratively where required, while working under pressure with often changing deadlines
  • Excellent oral communication skills and ability to interact with diplomacy and tact with colleagues, the general public, as well as individuals in the scientific community
  • Proficiency in Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook and online search tools, including PubMed and grey literature
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Cancer Society an asset
  • French language proficiency an asset.
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