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Research and Communications Specialist

Tłı̨chǫ Government
June 22, 2022
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Job Type
  • $89,000-$100,000, plus benefits
Salary Unit
Hotıì ts’eeda - Yellowknife, NT


The Research and Communications Specialist provides research and communications support, develops research and communications products, and establishes and maintain processes to undertake Hotıì ts'eeda programs and services.  A collegial team member who takes initiative and has a desire to learn, the incumbent will provide research, content development, and coordination support and on projects shared between staff.

This junior position is ideal for new and recent graduates seeking to devote their energy to developing their skills working in a decolonized, innovative, and dynamic work environment. Ideal candidates will have a University degree in a related discipline (social sciences and humanities, health and education, physical and natural sciences, communications) and an interest in research, communications, and working with partners across the NWT to support wellness - related initiatives.

Secondments from other governments and organizations, and flexible work options are welcome.

This full-time 35 hours per week, two-year term position has a yearly salary range of $89,000-100,000, plus benefits.

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To apply, send your resume and cover letter to:

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Closing Date: July 15, 2022


Provide senior level research and communications advice and consultative services to the Hotıì ts'eeda programs and services:

  • Research and write funding proposals and research proposals;
  • Lead and participate in research project identification, design, and implementation;
  • Undertake specific research in collaboration with team members, and produce associated products such as research summaries, policy papers, briefing notes, and knowledge translation and communication products;
  • Plan, design and/or facilitate knowledge sharing circles and workshops;
  • Receive and direct/advise on external requests from partners, researchers, and external organizations;
  • Provide advice on resources to assist with meaningful health research including Indigenous research protocols, cultural safety, and connecting researchers with community representatives and resources;
  • Lead specific projects and programs within Hotıì ts'eeda, and in collaboration with partners and funders;
  • Plan and organize aspects of Hotıì ts'eeda’s annual gathering; and,
  • Conduct other research-related duties as required.

Participate and lead in communications activities:

  • Maintain an active and engaged social media presence;
  • Draft speaking notes and power point presentations for HT staff and leadership as needed;
  • Develop graphic design of HT-branded posters, graphic web elements, and public-facing reports using Canva, Adobe Illustrator or InDesign;
  • Develop, design and order informational and promotional materials for Hotıì ts’eeda’s public presence as needed;
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for organizing meetings and workshops, and maintaining records such as updating planning documents, keeping and distributing notes, and updating project communication materials;
  • Provide technical support to virtual meetings and initiatives internally and with partners;
  • Attend NWT-based and national events, workshops, and conferences such as Healthy Living Fairs, as a representative of Hotıì ts’eeda;
  • Work with national Strategic Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) communities of practice related to communications, patient engagement, and knowledge translation;
  • Conduct other related duties as required.

Prepare reports, plans and other deliverables:

  • Develop a yearly work plan in consultation with the Director;
  • Produce project plans and communications plans, within tight timelines and budgets;
  • Implement and complete projects and initiatives as identified in the work plan as updated from time to time; and,
  • Complete reporting and administrative responsibilities as required to ensure implementation and delivery of projects including keeping correct and comprehensive files, following TG and HT policies and procedures, and ensuring quality control of internal and external products.


The Research and Communication Specialist is expected to have the following educational background, work experience and skills:

  • University degree in a related discipline (Research, Sociology, Health, Indigenous Governance) and related experience in research and communications; or, an equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Strong analytical and communication background
  • Experience in the preparation of presentations and the drafting of written material
  • Strong analytical and technical skills and dedication to accuracy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work with limited direction/minimal supervision
  • Ability to meet tight timelines, manage a substantial workload, and adjust to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Willingness to travel
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively present to a variety of groups including citizens, professional, business and community groups
  • Ability to work with a wide range of community members, representatives of other organizations and members of the media
  • Knowledge of office computer programs
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the Tłı̨chǫ language is preferred
  • Familiarity with the Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life is preferred

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