University of Waterloo

  • Project Manager, Equity Initiatives

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Project Management
    5552 - Equity Office
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $66,605 - $83,256
  • Overview

    Term: 2 years


    Working directly with the Director of Equity, the Project Manager, Equity Initiatives is responsible for leading and sustaining the planning, implementation and evaluation of equity projects and initiatives. The Project Manager will initially be strongly focused on initiatives that are related to faculty and/or the research enterprise such as the Dimensions program. As such, the Project Manager has a dotted line report to the Office of Research and is a key liaison between the Equity Office and Office of Research ensuring the strategic priorities and objectives related to equity are aligned and met.


    The Project Manager delivers on cross-functional project priorities for the Equity office, providing oversight for deliverables, reaching milestones and achieving key indicators for the University of Waterloo. The Project Manager develops a strategy to collect and manage equity data, conducts background research, develops reports, evaluates results, and acts as a liaison on equity priorities with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.


    Research and Evaluation

    • Develop a strategy and methods for the collection and application of self-identification data
    • Collect and analyze equity related data to make evidence based recommendations
    • Determine key indicators of success and manage reporting requirements to leadership and external partners
    • Evaluate current equity related policies, programs and initiatives to assess impact
    • Assess, recommend and develop new strategies, initiatives, events and programs to identify and remove systemic barriers to underrepresented groups and promote a culture of equity
    • Develop a set of metrics to track and evaluate the effectiveness of equity initiatives
    • Maintain a strong understanding of the current literature and the legal and legislative frameworks related to EDII, and conduct related research (e.g., literature reviews, needs assessments, data collection and analysis)


    Project Management

    • Create project plans, deliverables and milestones for monitoring projects
    • Advance and execute the strategic direction set by the Director of Equity in collaboration with the Office of Research based on an understanding of best practices in equity issues and opportunities and requirements from funding agencies
    • Employ project management approaches to ensure that equity strategies, events and initiatives are effectively and efficiently managed, including monitoring of information, logistics and progress, and reporting on project deliverables
    • Support the measurement and evaluation of project plans with a focus on the creation of an organizational dashboard for impact and effectiveness
    • Liaise with and coordinate actions with stakeholders for strategic projects to ensure roles are clear and actions are executed effectively
    • Develop key communications, reports, presentations and other project documents as required
    • Monitors assigned project schedules and timelines and account for timely completion of objectives and key results
    • Identify and manage risks associated with projects that might jeopardize the success of the methods and/or outcomes



    • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders including the Office of Research and the faculties
    • Initiate a committee to advise on the collection and use of equity related data
    • Collaborate and build partnerships with relevant stakeholders and faculties/units on campus, including: The Faculty Association (including the FAUW Equity Committee), the Staff Association, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Union, the Graduate Student Association, the Research, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, AccessAbility Services, Human Resources, Organizational and Human Development, and others as determined


    • Master’s degree required or equivalent education and experience in related field (e.g., Public Administration, Social Work, Psychology, Social Justice, Sociology)
    • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience with equity data, strategic project management and proven ability to align work priorities and realize strategic goals
    • 4-5 years experience in a role related to the implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion and/or decolonization initiatives
    • Experience working with members of a senior leadership team on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
    • Experience in an academic research environment is an asset
    • Experience in collating and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and information to draft reports, provide briefing materials and recommendations to a range of audiences including senior leadership
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the concepts of equity, human rights, inclusion, diversity and decolonization. Working knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and other relevant legislation
    • Demonstrated ability to:
      • Manage multiple concurrent projects with different groups
      • Lead meetings effectively with internal
      • Take a proactive approach in service delivery
      • Communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and external partners
    • The intellectual acumen and approach that will facilitate credibility and foster trust and strong, productive working relationships
    • The professional confidence and communication skills to effectively engage community members on what can often be contentious or delicate issues
    • A high level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff members
    • The ability to conduct research of superior quality on improving equity
    • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral for the preparation of reports and making presentations
    • Good facilitation skills to lead groups to productive outcomes
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills
    • Ability to work on confidential and sensitive matters with tact and discretion
    • Ability to manage challenging conversations with stakeholders
    • Ability to work independently or in a team setting, with diverse individuals
    • Strong proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, database management
    • Mostly office work with travel to different locations across campus, as well as external meetings, conferences or events as needed


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