University of Waterloo

  • Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Project Management
    2480 - WISE-General
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $66,605 - $83,256
  • Overview

    This position is responsible for the successful management of projects and delivery of results for a wide range of stakeholders involved in a variety of multi-disciplinary research projects designed to support WISE faculty members and global partnerships.


    This role is contingent on funding.


    Project Management and Program Execution

    • Manages the Affordable Energy for Humanity Global Change Initiative (, a multistakeholder research and action initiative at the intersection of energy research and international development. Roles and responsibilities include:
      • Liaising with partner researchers within and outside of the university
      • Organizing and facilitating workshops and other events that bring project partners together to seed new projects
      • Raising funds for new initiatives
      • Management of the project website
      • Research and writing tasks that effectively communicate project outcomes
      • Assists with the development of global initiatives on low-carbon energy system transitions
    • As part of the AE4H initiative, independently manages an ongoing internship program that provides scholarships to UW co-op students who intern at AE4H partner organizations in the global south. Responsibilities include:
      • Recruiting and maintaining relationships with host organizations
      • Coordinating on-campus partners
      • Conducting pre-departure training, promotion, reporting, budgeting, and successfully securing additional funds
      • Frequently travels internationally to recruit host organizations. See program webpage:
    • Works closely with WISE members to ensure effective management of programs that involve multidisciplinary research initiatives typically funded through government agencies and with industry partners. This may also involve providing lead technical writing and organizational management skills of group proposals prior to approval
    • Assists the WISE team in creating, writing, editing and managing dissemination of on-line and print communications including highlights of project achievements, WISE Annual Report, Research Spotlights (capsule summaries of energy research), Research Bulletins (in-depth features on energy research), promotions, and other materials


    Collaboration and Outreach

    • For specific high impact project results, develops and implements an outreach plan with potential for impact at the global level
    • Autonomously adapts technically heavy academic literature to improve understanding of the value of research to a broader audience
    • Assists faculty in stewarding existing academic and industry collaborations
    • Reports on status of collaborations and new funding opportunities
    • Assists Executive Director, WISE in organizing faculty members into active "working groups"
    • Presents content and coordinates marketing and distribution of outreach activities
    • Guest lectures in undergraduate classes as a means of promoting WISE activities, in particular the AE4H internship program described above


    Web Management

    • Assists with the strategy, planning and maintenance of the WISE website and provides support to the WISE Administrative Assistant making day-to-day changes as required
    • Evaluates new and emerging e-communication tools for WISE use, develops expert knowledge of collaborative on-line systems and makes recommendations to the Executive Director, WISE
    • Assists in the improvement of the WISE website by including rich program content that is consistent with design, navigation, user interface and functionality


    Workshops, Visits, Events

    • Provides scientific and organizational support, coordination and management for national and international workshops, visits and events structured around project outputs
    • Organizes the event logistics with the WISE Administrative Assistant (e.g., venues, technical, program, transportation, gifts)
    • Executes the workshop program and addresses the individual needs of the delegates during the workshop/visit with the WISE Administrative Assistant -Follow-up on post-workshop action items
    • Follows up on post-workshop action items
    • Works with the WISE Administrative Assistant to organize and deliver regular WISE events such as the WISE Public Lecture and Seminar Series


    • A Graduate degree in Engineering, Science or Environment and ideally with strong interest in sustainable energy
    • 2-5 years of relevant experience, either in an academic environment or externally would be an asset
    • Demonstrated success in developing and executing research initiatives including building partnerships with multi-stakeholder teams, securing funding, outreach and program promotion, and project management
    • Experience in the development and production written reports and promotional materials
    • Strong knowledge of energy and sustainable development related innovations and issues is a significant asset
    • Proven ability to synthesize scientific and technical literature and ability to produce communications material appropriate to the target audience
    • Keen awareness and knowledge of developments in the energy sector worldwide
    • Broad understanding of the relationships between energy, economic, socio-cultural and environmental systems and ability to effectively communicate the nuances of these relationships to expert and non-expert audiences
    • Exceptional communication skills in written and verbal form including superior presentation skills and technical writing capabilities
    • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, design software, and web management
    • Travel is required


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