The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Position Type
Part Time

Application Deadline Date
October 30, 2020

Job Location
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Expected Start Date
November 2, 2020

The employer is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

The employer welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Calling Canadian Graduate Students: SIRC is searching for a Research and Communications Intern to complement our growing knowledge mobilization team.  This is a part-time contract role from November 2, 2020 to March 31, 2021 with a possibility of renewal for the right candidate.

The Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) is Canada’s leading source for credible sport research and knowledge sharing. SIRC is committed to using relevant and innovative communication platforms to engage with organizations and individuals involved in the development of sport, recreation and physical activity in Canada and around the world.

Health and safety of our team members is a priority.  During these times of uncertainty related to COVID-19, we are offering a virtual and flexible work environment and will provide accommodations (within reason) for any student employees to attend classes and exams.

Reporting to the Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, the Research and Communications Intern may be responsible for:

  • Lead the development of SIRC’s comprehensive stakeholder list, supporting SIRC’s communication to stakeholders and sport organizations at all levels, throughout Canada and beyond;
  • Helping to develop, implement and evaluate social media campaigns.
  • Researching innovative programs, new resources, and upcoming events to help build SIRC’s content strategy.
  • Contributing to SIRC’s content calendar by sourcing imagery and uploading posts to SIRC’s communications/social media accounts.
  • Synthesizing research to create evidence-based “knowledge nuggets” to inform policy and practice on a wide variety of sport and physical activity related topics.

This position represents an outstanding opportunity to play a key role in supporting SIRC’s knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement programs.

Who You Are:

As the ideal candidate for this role, you are a Graduate Student with a passion for sport and physical activity, are detail-oriented, and have strong written communication skills. You are curious by nature and enjoy spending time answering questions, actively listening, and researching to find key details. You rise to the challenge when you hear “show me the data”. You embrace social media and applying innovative approaches to communications.

SIRC is a dynamic, growing team and we all pitch in. Crucially, you are a true team player and self-starter who brings enthusiasm and excellence to everything you do, whether it’s writing content or creating Excel sheets.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of SIRC’s comprehensive stakeholder list, supporting SIRC’s communication to stakeholders and sport organizations at all levels, throughout Canada and beyond.
  • Validate existing stakeholder lists to confirm data is relevant.
  • Update and promote SIRC’s events calendar, including online and in-person events happening in the sport system.
  • Support the upkeep of SIRC’s internal content calendar by researching and adding key dates and events.
  • Support the maintenance of SIRC’s website through monthly reviews;
  • Support the development of marketing campaigns and advertisements through paid social media channels.
  • Perform Search Engine Optimization duties as required.
  • Review research articles and synthesize findings to support content creation.
  • Craft content and measure the effectiveness of social media channels through analytics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a communication or sport-related field(e.g. journalism, sport management).
  • Candidates in the process of completing their bachelor’s degree will be considered if they have relevant experience in research or communication roles in the sport sector.
  • Familiarity with the landscape of sport organizations in Canada, and a passion for the mission of amateur sport.
  • Extremely detail-oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media related programs (e.g. WordPress, Hootsuite considered assets).
  • Strong research and writing skills, with the ability to organize, synthesize and clearly communicate complex ideas.
  • Respectful and professional telephone, verbal and written correspondence skills.
  • Experience crafting social media messages and content, and monitoring/assessing social media campaigns.
  • Strong technological orientation; enthusiastic about incorporating technology into knowledge mobilization initiatives.
  • Naturally curious, with a thirst for knowledge and the desire to be informed and to inform.
  • Highly collaborative and adaptable; easy to work with.
  • Dynamic and creative; keen to pursue novel solutions and initiatives.
  • Strong sense of drive, ambition, and the ability to take initiative and see ideas and projects through to completion.
  • French language skills are an asset.

Application Details:

Please send your resume,  cover letter and *writing sample no later than October 30th, 2020 to humanresources@sirc.ca. We will begin reviewing resumes prior to this date, and interviews may begin immediately so please do not delay in submitting your application. Start date: November 2, 2020 or ASAP.

All responses are appreciated, however, only those selected for an interview will receive a reply.

SIRC is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, record of offences, age, marital status, family status or disability.

SIRC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

*Writing sample should include a blog post or other knowledge translation product (e.g., bulletin, brief) and/or social media post(s). These can be either published online or un-published (e.g. written in Microsoft Word).