Job Type: Full time, Temporary position

Hours: The position is for 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday

Location: University of Alberta, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation 

With the current COVID-19 situation the applicant will be required to work remotely from home until stay at home orders are lifted.


Obesity Canada is Canada’s leading obesity charity, made up of healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers and people with an interest in obesity.

The mission of Obesity Canada is to improve the lives of Canadians affected by obesity through the advancement of anti-discrimination, prevention and treatment efforts.

 The network’s strategic goals are:

  1. Addressing the social stigma associated with obesity
  2. Changing the way policy makers and health professionals approach obesity; and
  3. Improving access to evidence-based prevention and treatment resources.

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. To this end, Obesity Canada works toward reducing weight bias and stigma through research, education and action. In alignment with its mission and strategic goals, Obesity Canada aims to facilitate knowledge exchange regarding obesity prevention, treatment, and policy.

Position Summary

Under the direction of Obesity Canada’s Operations and Communications Directors, this position is responsible for learning how to develop work plans as a team and creating engaging content for the network’s social media presence, including keeping social media channels updated and brand-focused.  The incumbent must have exceptional computer skills with a solid understanding of office procedures and practices. The candidate must possess strong communication, customer relations and organizational skills. The successful candidate must be motivated to work productively on their own, but is also able to work as part of a creative team. Experience with video editing, content creation and implementing social media activities would be strong assets. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in taking on increasing responsibility, an aptitude for learning on the job, and enthusiasm. A social media coordinator who has a successful experience, and is thinking of pursuing a career in an applicable field, could be retained by the employer at the conclusion of the placement.

Responsibilities / Activities 

  • Assist with all duties related to social media and Google Ads/Campaigns (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube) as they pertain to Obesity Canada’s public engagement and professional education and initiatives 
  • Creates dynamic written, graphic, and video content. 
  • Develops and optimizes content following search engine optimization (SEO) 
  • Develops content that promotes audience interaction and participation, and increases audience presence on the Obesity Canada website
  • Assists to best solve existing inclusivity issues and to include accessibility features whenever possible
  • Assists Obesity Canada team with large projects, events, and initiatives 
  • Works as part of a team to develop large social media campaigns
  • Analyses and reports audience information and demographics, and success of existing social media projects
  • Proposes, develops and implements new ideas and concepts for social media content
  • Works with marketing and OC team members to coordinate ad campaigns with social media strategy
  • Works with the Director of Operations and the Communication Director to assist with managing social media communications
  • Uses timelines and scheduled content to create a consistent stream of new content for audience interaction while analysing, managing, and altering schedules where necessary to optimize visits. 
  • Incumbent must have an extreme level of attention to detail

Qualifications and experience:

  • Experience with Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft Suite and Adobe Pro (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Experience in video editing and photography an asset
  • Experience scheduling using Buffer, for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In posts
  • Experience using Canva for image creation is an asset
  • Certification in Google Analytics is an asset 
  • Self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team
  • Time management, communication and organizational skills are essential
  • Proficiency in French is an asset

Please note since this position is partly funded by  a government program, the applicant must be;

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment,
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**,
  • 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

Email resume and cover letter to:

Dipika Parmar

If you have any further questions please call 780-492-9057