University of Waterloo

Manager, Research Program Development and Partnerships, Anti-Racism

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Job Category
University Research
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$68,037 - $85,046


Term: 2.5 years


This position is responsible for the successful development and delivery of a wide variety of multidisciplinary research-focused anti-racism programs and projects designed to support an understanding of anti-racism with a particular focus on anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism., to advance Waterloo’s goal of addressing systemic structural and institutional barriers across the research enterprise for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) researchers.


This role is contingent on funding.


Program Development and Partnerships

  • Working closely with the Senior Manager, Research Equity, the Manager brings a unique technical capacity to identify and address barriers in the research enterprise for BIPOC researchers. This involves addressing barriers in the ethics process, access to research awards, and preparing grant proposals
  • The Manager draws from a strong background in anti-racism to build capacity among researchers and to build awareness within the OR to deliver anti-racist programs and initiatives
  • Facilitates effective engagement between the Office of Research and community partners, including proactively identifying gaps in research support that acknowledges the intersection of poverty, class, and gender in the critical understanding of racial inequities
  • Assists the Senior Manager, Research Equity in managing a multi-faceted portfolio, including drafting proposals, budget development and analysis to support anti-racism research strategies and approaches
  • Develops and executes a workplan that has measurable metrics and results
  • Develops online and print communications, including contributing to the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, reports, Research Spotlights, promotions, and other materials. Works with the Office of Research Communications Team to strategize marketing and social media communications that are anti-racist


Collaboration and Outreach Programs

  • Develop and implement an outreach plan to faculty and external partners with a focus on facilitating and promoting anti-racist initiatives across the research enterprise
  • Independently adapt technically heavy academic literature to improve understanding of antiracism in research to a broader audience
  • Assist BIPOC faculty in stewarding research collaborations
  • Report on status of collaborations and new funding opportunities for anti-racism research initiatives
  • Develop and present content and coordinate marketing and distribution of outreach activities to address ongoing challenges faced by the BIPOC community


Planning, Implementation, Delivery and Monitoring of Anti-Racism and Equity Related Initiatives across the Research Enterprise

  • Provide expert counsel to senior administrators, faculty and staff on anti-racism as it relates to research
  • Evaluate current policies, practices and programs and external sponsor requirements to ensure Waterloo meets best practice
  • Work with researchers and Office of Research staff to ensure grant applications feature anti-racism and EDI best practices exceeding sponsor requirements and considerations are applied to the research enterprise
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the current literature and the legal and legislative frameworks related to anti-racism and EDI, and conducts related research (e.g. literature reviews, needs assessments, data collection and analysis)


Capacity Building (Training and Education)

  • Build capacity for a better understanding of embedding anti-racism in research through training and education
  • Provide scientific and organizational support, coordination and management for anti-racism research workshops, visits and events
  • Assists the Senior Manager, Research Equity in creating agendas, and identifying and contacting potential collaborators (internal and external)
  • Works with the Office of Research to organize and deliver events related to anti-racism research program development


Resource Management

  • Provides support to the Senior Manager, Research Equity addressing day-to-day priorities as required
  • Understands and promotes metrics collection, activity analysis and metrics-based outcome assessments of activities


  • A master’s degree in a related field and evidence of supporting background in anti-racism in a research-based context
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience project management and proven ability to align work priorities and realize strategic goals
  • Minimum of 3 years’ technical knowledge of anti-racism initiatives shown by direct work (not necessarily supervisory work) in industry, public sector, or academia
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in strengthening the research enterprise through anti-racism initiatives
  • Experience with leading discussions related to research
  • Experience with budget development, metrics tracking, and outcome analysis. A track record of successful and progressive improvement on metrics
  • A track record of successful contribution to funded research proposals
  • Experience with developing strong professional relationships that are sustainable over time
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Including excellent presentation skills and the ability to be an articulate advocate for the university in anti racism research strategies with internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated knowledge the concepts of equity, anti-racism, systemic barriers, inclusion, diversity, de-colonization, and anti-oppressive frameworks. Working knowledge of the Canada Research Chairs program, Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, and other relevant programs and organizations
  • 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
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


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