Technical Writer - Grant and Technical Communicator

$50,425 - $68,486 yearly
  • University of Alberta
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Aug 04, 2022
Full time Computer & Web Services, Info Technology Grants, Sponsored Programs, Research Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Technical Writer
ENG Chemical & Materials Engineer

Competition No.: S103648126
Posting Date: Jun 27, 2022
Closing Date: Aug 23, 2022

Position Type: Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range: $50,425 to $68,486 per year
Grade: 08
Hours: 35

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Location: North Campus Edmonton

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

Engineering at Alberta is top 5 Engineering school in Canada offering 21 fully accredited undergraduate degrees and a full range of graduate degrees, as well as programs for everyone from school-age children to post-graduates. The Faculty of Engineering is home to large-scale, long-term collaborative research programs, and is a leading participant in broad initiatives that draw expertise from across the University of Alberta campus and around the globe.


Reporting to the Academic Department Manager, the Grant and Technical Communicator will be responsible for maintaining the Department's website, including writing content/material for new pages, updating existing ones as required and ensuring that the information is current and accurate. The incumbent will assist with the preparation and submission of research, service, training, and other grant proposals to support the activities of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The incumbent will work in alignment with the External Relations Faculty Communications and Marketing Partner to ensure alignment with institutional best practices.


  • Research and write materials that raise awareness and the profile of the department
    Write for and update the department's website, research and contribute articles, write department's memos, speaker notes, funding proposals and other correspondence as required by the Chair
  • Edit, write, and coordinate grant proposals, manuscripts, and other documents related to academic research
  • Identify opportunities for peer-reviewed funding, locate suitable applicants, provide support with grant preparation, and work with Principal Investigators (PIs) and other staff to ensure timely submission of proposals so as to maximize external funding for the research programs
  • Oversee strategic development of grant proposals by PIs, including encouragement of early identification of opportunities, training of PIs, facilitation of proposal preparation, and enhancement of proposal quality prior to submission (e.g. pre-review of editorial and technical aspects); minimize preparation burden on PIs and ensure high quality customer service
  • Develop and facilitate an efficient proposal production process to include conducting effective project planning; coordinate proposal teams; pre-award grant writing/proposal editing
  • Research institutional and sponsor policies and regulations to ensure successful implementation in accordance with grant contract terms and agency requirements and compliance
  • Prepare drafts of proposals, including project narratives, budget, and other supporting documentation, in a timely manner to meet grant and award application deadlines
  • Drafting of supportive documents; coordinate, as needed, with the various funding agencies on grant administration issues
  • Edits, proofreads, or assists with writing reports (technical, progress, etc.) for submission to collaborators or funding agencies
  • Edit highly technical documents to high standards, sometimes under tight deadlines
  • Create and update templates for standard portions of proposals
  • Discover and implement best practices
  • Maintain accurate and timely records to track progress of multiple projects and deliverables
  • Perform other duties inclusive as assigned

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree required in business communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
  • Minimum two years of professional work experience preparing grants, scientific manuscripts, or other technical reports
  • The successful candidate must have exceptional technical writing skills, including technical editing, to facilitate preparation and editing of grant proposals
  • An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding
  • Flexibility in approach and demeanor in order to align with the shifting demands of evolving circumstances
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills; ability to multi-task without losing attention to detail
  • Familiarity with a variety of editing style guides
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, with demonstrated ability to create high-quality documents
  • Proficiency with standard Office software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and current web browsers (Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner
  • Ability to work productively with great autonomy and minimal supervision, and equally able to take direction, elicit input from others, and respond to feedback
  • Ability to initiate and implement multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make effective presentations to faculty members and other authors in face-to-face meetings and on telephone conference calls
  • Familiarity with the University of Alberta is an asset
  • Advanced knowledge of engineering terminology; technical publishing; grammar, syntax, and usage; new media, print, and web-based writing processes
  • Hands on experience with web design/web page editing (i.e. Cascade) is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with graphics software (i.e. Adobe) is desirable

Application Details

Please submit a resume/cover letter along with 2 pieces of technical writing included under "other" when applying.

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

If interested, please apply:

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.

When inquiring or applying for positions within the University of Alberta, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and professional and administrative staff employment opportunities with the University of Alberta and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To receive email alerts when new jobs at the University of Alberta are posted, please sign up at new job openings at the University of Alberta.




Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency