University of Waterloo

  • Research Manager

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    2650 - Geography
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $45,561 - $56,951
  • Overview

    Term: 2 years


    The Research Manager position is responsible for providing project management services to Dr. Sarah Burch, who is the Project Director of TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces (SSHRC, 2018-2026). This is a crucial role in the TRANSFORM initiative, involving partnership building, communication, research coordination/implementation, and project management responsibilities. 


    The Research Manager will coordinate knowledge translation, reporting activities, and ensure that project deliverables are met in a timely manner. The Research Manager will coordinate among research ‘Hubs’ in Canada, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia, ensuring that all Hubs are meeting project milestones. The Research Manager will also orchestrate the activities of TRANSFORM’s Advisory Board and Steering Committee, and oversee communications through social and other media.


    This role is contingent on funding.


    Project Support

    • Work closely with the Project Director (Dr. Sarah Burch) to assist in ongoing management, implementation and reporting/accountability requirements of TRANSFORM research project

    • Understand and adhere to university policies and procedures as they relate to research grants and contracts, financial management, procurement services and human resources

    • Develop in-depth understanding of the specific accountabilities associated with the SSHRC grant for which project management is being provided, and ensure these accountabilities are met

    • Provide general problem-solving and oversight with respect to budgetary allocations, submission of deliverables and progress reports, correspondence with external sponsors to ensure effective performance monitoring of TRANSFORM

    • Work with Dr. Burch to attract additional sponsors of the ongoing research program

    • Other duties as required

    Undertake specific communication/dissemination requirements for the project. For example:

    • Website development and maintenance

    • Social media communications

    • Reports for public, policy-maker, and business audiences

    • Stakeholder/partner workshops

    • Teleconferences/webinars

    • Coordinating with UW communications for press releases

    • Meeting agendas and meeting minutes

    • Ensure high-quality deliverables by preparing accurate effective project reports

    Assist in developing a sustainability plan for the project:

    • Identify potential new funding sources

    • Coordinate project team to identify additional partners or enhance collaboration with existing partners

    • Build internal integrated planning procedures and project manager capacity by supporting and educating stakeholders on best practices

    • Other duties as required


    • Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent education and/or experience. Completion of a research graduate degree or equivalent related experience preferred
    • At least 3 years of experience in project management and administration are essential, as well as budget development

    • Expertise in climate change policy, sustainability planning, governance, participatory processes, entrepreneurship or related disciplines

    • Strong proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management and web design software is required

    • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with different groups

    • Must have exceptional communication (oral and written), negotiation, consultation, presentation, analytical, leadership and organizational skills

    • Ability to lead meetings, on- or off-campus is required

    • Must possess exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including a demonstrated ability to take a proactive and innovative approach to research implementation and partnership building

    • Ability and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, senior university administrators and external partners from a variety of disciplines


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