University of Waterloo

Manager, Research Program Development and Partnerships, Indigenous Initiatives

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


Term: 2.5 years


The University of Waterloo acknowledges the historical and current issues Indigenous communities face with research. We are committed to contributing to reconciliation by responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) Calls to Action and by supporting research with, by and for Indigenous peoples that emphasizes engagement and respect. This position is responsible for the successful development of a wide variety of multidisciplinary Indigenous research programs and projects designed to support Indigenous researchers and to advance Waterloo’s goal of structural and institutional change with respect to doing Indigenous research in a good way.


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 integrate and develop diverse elements of major multi-disciplinary research initiatives for strengthening the integrity of research programs impacting Indigenous communities. The Manager draws from a strong background in Indigenous research principles, partnerships, and ethics to understand the impact and future directions of programs supporting research with, by, and for Indigenous peoples as a focal point for action for reconciliation
  • Facilitates effective interactions between the Office of Research and Indigenous community partners, including fostering long-term relationships built on trust, respect and mutual interest to lay the groundwork towards improving research partnerships
  • Assists the Senior Manager, Research Equity in co-designing Indigenous research initiatives with Indigenous researchers and community partners, including drafting program proposals, budget development and analysis to support Indigenous researchers in setting their own research priorities
  • 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


Collaboration and Outreach Programs

  • Develops and implements an outreach plan with a focus on facilitating and promoting equitable access and support for Indigenous researchers
  • Independently adapts academic and non-academic literature on reconciliation to improve understanding of the role research plays in implementing the Calls to Action
  • Assists Indigenous faculty in stewarding research collaborations
  • Reports on status of collaborations and new funding opportunities for Indigenous researchers
  • Presents content and coordinates marketing and distribution of outreach activities


Planning, Implementation, Delivery and Monitoring of Indigenous Initiatives across the Research Enterprise

  • Provides expert counsel to senior administrators, faculty and staff on Indigenous Initiatives as they relate to research
  • Evaluates current policies, practices and programs and external sponsor requirements to ensure Waterloo meets best practice
  • Works with researchers and Office of Research staff to ensure grant applications feature best practices in research with, by and for Indigenous peoples that emphasizes engagement and respect exceeding sponsor requirements and that considerations are applied to the research enterprise
  • Maintains a strong understanding of the current literature and the legal and legislative frameworks related to Indigenous research and EDI, and conducts related research (e.g. literature reviews, needs assessments, data collection and analysis)


Workshops, Visits, and Events

  • Provides scientific and organizational support, coordination and management for workshops, visits, and events
  • Assists the Senior Manager, Research Equity in creating agendas, and identifying and contacting potential collaborators (internal and external)
  • Works with Office of Research staff to organize and deliver events related to Indigenous 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 and evidence of supporting background in Indigenous research, partnerships, and ethics
  • 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 Indigenous research, partnerships, and ethics shown by direct work (not necessarily supervisory work) in Indigenous-led organizations or academia
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in strengthening Indigenous research capacity contributing to reconciliation
  • Experience with leading technical 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 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 Indigenous research promotion and external partnerships
  • 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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