University of Waterloo

  • Manager, Partnerships and Programs

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5476 - Office of Research-SOWC
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $77,049 - $96,311
  • Overview

    Position is responsible for strategic engagement and management of all non-profit stakeholder activities of Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) and the successful administration of a unique funding program. The Manager will be the primary liaison among 10 member post-secondary institutions and manage consideration of new memberships and affiliations.  The Consortium is a dynamic initiative for the testing and demonstration of innovative water and wastewater technologies and services with multiple post-secondary partners, and government, non-government and private sector supporters.


    Lead development of major grant applications


    • Manages and facilitates major grant applications on behalf of SOWC
    • Facilitates the development of new research partnerships with academic researchers
    • Identifies external research funding opportunities of interest to researchers and industry clients for projects and supports the development and review of applications to external competitions
    • Understands and interprets university policies and procedures as they relate to grants and contracts, financial management, procurement services and human resources

    Administers funding programs


    • Manages all aspects of pre- and post-award administration for any funding programs
    • Direct management of any new hires for program implementation
    • Develops all program policies, procedures, agreements and other materials
    • Assesses preliminary eligibility of projects and advises researcher and industry applicants
    • Reviews applications to ensure compliance with the requirements of the program and its funder
    • Assists in the approval of eligible applications
    • Provides support to Executive Director for overall program budget and reporting
    • Leads the promotion of the program to member institutions and other strategic partners

    Manages post-award activities for successful applicants


    • Notifies applicants and institutions of decisions and all program requirements
    • Requests internal project accounts
    • Develops and reviews contracts and agreements as required 
    • Provides support for financial oversight of awards
    • Ensures that required agreements and other documentation from partner institutions are in place
    • Manages all project tracking and reporting

    Manages Stakeholder Engagement


    • Liaises with SOWC's academic institution members and other non-profit partners (including municipalities)
    • Leads outreach to SOWC member institutions, including researchers, Offices of Research and Industry Liaison personnel regarding the AWT program and other external funding programs
    • Supports communications and outreach initiatives of SOWC, such as assisting with designing, planning and executing SOWC events

    Supports Governance and Government Relations


    • Supports Executive Director in management of Advisory Board and Committees, including solicitation of membership, preparation of materials, and meeting follow up
    • Monitors trends in research, training, and policy related to development and adoption of innovative water technologies and approaches
    • Supports Executive Director in constructively engaging government and other stakeholders in advancing the water sector


    • Advanced Degree (Master’s)
    • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in research grant administration including a minimum of 3 years experience directly managing a major program or grant
    • Demonstrated project management, university research administration, partnership development, and grant development experience
    • Knowledge of external funding sponsors, funding priorities, policies and procedures; strong project- and time-management, attention to detail and problem solving skills; and strong writing skills are required. Knowledge of the water sector an asset
    • Office based, occasional travel in southern Ontario


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