Senior Project Manager

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for a Senior Project Manager for the project entitled Governing Sustainable Municipalities.

This position is for up to a one-year term beginning as soon as possible. It is in-scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) and classified as a Specialist/Professional, phase 3. The annual salary will range from $81,037 to $134,978 plus benefits, depending on the successful candidate’s experience. This position is funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre. The successful candidate is expected to be in residence at JSGS, either at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina.

Primary Purpose: To provide leadership for and oversee the successful execution of a major research project entitled, Governing Sustainable Municipalities.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Senior Project Manager will provide leadership for and manage the successful execution of the research project and oversee the project team, including researchers and one staff member. Working closely with the Principal Investigator from inception through to completion, the Senior Project Manager will ensure that the project is designed, developed, and delivered to meet or exceed the funder’s expectations in findings, schedule, and budget. The position involves considerable judgment and discretionary decision-making. The successful candidate will work both independently and collaboratively with the project team and key stakeholders to meet project goals, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships is essential. This work requires strong attention to detail and the ability to balance competing deadlines and multiple tasks. The environment is dynamic and fast-paced with a high volume of work, and the position will be driven by critical deadlines. The work requires a high level of competence and organization.

Accountabilities

  • Provide leadership and direction for and manage the successful execution of the research project using best practices
  • Working with the Principal Investigator, lead the project team to prepare a detailed project plan, risk assessment, itemized budget, and schedule
  • Lead the project team, from development through completion, to complete the project within the allotted timeline and budget
  • Schedule and conduct team meetings to discuss project status and issues
  • Interpret and enforce research policies and procedures
  • Manage the ethics approval process
  • Address project issues and escalate complex issues to Principal Investigator
  • Perform day-to-day management of the project team and promptly address any team issues
  • Assist with employee recruitment, training, performance management, and related activities
  • Monitor and regularly report on project progress, budget, and any issues
  • Oversee the preparation of project documentation and research reports
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator

Qualifications

Education: A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a social sciences field, such as public policy or governance, political science, economics, environmental studies, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or a related discipline. A master’s degree is strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience: The candidate must have a minimum of three years of relevant experience, preferably in a research or higher education setting. Previous work experience or familiarity with the Saskatchewan municipal sector would be a strong asset. Experience working with elected/non-profit boards and/or decision-makers would also be ideal. Previous research experience is considered an asset.

Skills:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications and presentation skills
  • Effective people management, time management, organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and community stakeholders, including governments, Crown corporations, the private sector, the non-profit sector, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with people from diverse communities, cultures, and perspectives
  • Commitment to modeling a positive, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environment by actively engaging in mentoring, self-awareness learning opportunities, relationship building, and communication
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, as well as databases and reporting software

Applications will be considered beginning September 16, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applying early is encouraged.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the University of Saskatchewan’s Applicant Tracking System in a single PDF file, including a cover letter, current CV, and the names and contact information for three references.

About the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master’s and PhD in Public Policy – and a number of executive education options.

JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research, and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. Visit our website for more information about JSGS.

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for four (4) full-time postdoctoral researchers for the project entitled, Governing Sustainable Municipalities. Knowledge of and interest in one or more of the following policy areas are required: sustainability, environment, energy, municipal governance, labour market, skills training, public policy, social engagement.

The postdoctoral researchers will conduct research to answer four primary questions:

  1. What is the current state of municipal preparedness for sustainability?
  2. What are the key facilitators of and barriers to sustainability in the municipal sector?
  3. How can municipal sustainability initiatives engage underserved groups, particularly Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities?
  4. What is a strategy to move forward with municipal sustainability in its broadest context?

The successful candidates will have completed a PhD in a social sciences field, such as public policy or governance, political science, economics, environmental studies, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or a related discipline. JSGS is seeking candidates who have an established record of research productivity, independent investigation, innovation, and initiative. Experience with qualitative analysis is a strong asset. Experience engaging with one or more of the following stakeholder groups is a strong asset: governments, Crown corporations, the private sector, the non-profit sector, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.

These positions are for up to a one-year term beginning as soon as possible. The remuneration will be $65,000 annually plus benefits. These postdoctoral fellow positions are funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre. The successful candidates are expected to be in residence at JSGS, either at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina.

Applications will be considered beginning September 8, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applying early is encouraged.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the University of Saskatchewan’s Applicant Tracking System in a single PDF file, including:

  • a cover letter;
  • current CV;
  • a one-page (maximum) research statement that describes the connection between your research and one (or more) of the policy areas listed above; and
  • the names and contact information for three references.

This position is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international applicants currently living in Canada.

About the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master’s and PhD in Public Policy – and a number of executive education options.

JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research, and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. Visit our website for more information about JSGS.

Graduate Student Research Assistants

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for six (6) graduate student Research Assistants for the project entitled Governing Sustainable Municipalities, funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre.

Supervisor: Senior Project Manager for the research project
Status: Casual, up to 20 hours per week
Employment Group: Graduate Students - PSAC
Rate of Pay: $22.12 per hour (graduate student rate)
Duration of Employment: ASAP to April 30, 2023

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Conduct literature review on research topics (sustainability, environment, energy, municipal governance, labour market, skills training, public policy, social engagement)
  • Assist with the design and implementation of an index of Saskatchewan municipalities’ sustainability initiatives
  • Assist with the design of a database and do data entry
  • Assist with application(s) for ethics approval
  • Other project-related tasks as assigned

Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a social sciences discipline. Preference will be given to graduate students enrolled in a program at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina, but graduate students in other University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina programs are encouraged to apply.

Experience: Experience conducting or assisting with social sciences research is required. Conducting literature reviews and/or qualitative data analysis would be an asset. Experience with databases would be an asset.

Skills and Abilities

  • Qualitative data collection and analysis skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with people from diverse communities, cultures, and perspectives
  • Commitment to modeling a positive, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environment by actively engaging in mentoring, self-awareness learning opportunities, relationship building, and communication
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

To apply:

Applications will be considered beginning September 8, 2022, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applying early is encouraged.

  • Applicants must include the following in a single PDF file: cover letter, CV/resume, and references.
  • Applications must be sent via email to jsgs-hr@usask.ca. The subject line should read: “Application - RA, GSM project”.

Where a USask graduate student is hired, they would be in-scope of PSAC.

About the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master’s and PhD in Public Policy – and a number of executive education options.

JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research, and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. Visit our website for more information about JSGS.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for a Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the project entitled Governing Sustainable Municipalities.

This position is for up to a one-year term beginning as soon as possible. It is in-scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) and classified as a Specialist/Professional, phase 1. The annual salary will range from $49,301 to $77,033 plus benefits, depending on the successful candidate’s experience. This position is funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre. The successful candidate is expected to be in residence at JSGS, either at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina.

Primary Purpose: To provide communications leadership and tactical support for the research project in a wide range of communications and to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator (Coordinator) will be responsible for all aspects of the research project’s communications, including media relations, social media and website management, and preparing written and oral communications. The Coordinator will also initiate and manage the project’s relationships with stakeholders.

The position involves considerable judgment and discretionary decision making. The successful candidate will work both independently and collaboratively with the project team and key stakeholders to meet project goals, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships is essential. This work requires strong attention to detail and the ability to balance competing deadlines and multiple tasks. The environment is dynamic and fast-paced with a high volume of work, and the position will be driven by critical deadlines. The work requires a high level of organization.

Accountabilities

  • Develop the research project’s key messages and ensure that they are effectively and consistently communicated through various outlets to stakeholder audiences
  • Seek out and maintain an awareness of project-related news, events, and milestones, and use various platforms to communicate this information to stakeholder audiences
  • Write, design, produce, and distribute through various outlets relevant and timely content, such as issue briefs
  • Create promotional materials, such as posters, brochures, and presentations to promote the project to stakeholder audiences
  • Establish and manage the project’s social media accounts and website to promote and foster community engagement
  • Organize events such as stakeholder roundtables and summits
  • Manage the project’s relationships with stakeholders, including governments, Crown corporations, the private sector, the non-profit sector, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities
  • Work closely with JSGS’s Communications and Marketing Manager to generate media interest in the project and work with and/or seek advice from USask’s central communications office as needed
  • Assist with the preparation of project documentation and research reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Education: An undergraduate degree, preferably in communications, journalism, or marketing. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience: The candidate must have a minimum of three years of relevant experience. Familiarity with research and/or higher education is an asset.

Skills:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience writing in a variety of styles and formats, including news, storytelling, social media, website, and promotional materials
  • Creativity and a good sense of design with a keen attention to detail
  • Effective time management, organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and community stakeholders, including governments, Crown corporations, the private sector, the non-profit sector, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise diplomacy, judgment, and tact
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with people from diverse communities, cultures, and perspectives
  • Commitment to modeling a positive, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environment by actively engaging in mentoring, self-awareness learning opportunities, relationship building, and communication
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, as well as design and web-based applications

Applications will be considered beginning September 13, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applying early is encouraged.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the University of Saskatchewan’s Applicant Tracking System in a single PDF file, including a cover letter, current CV, and the names and contact information for three references.

About the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master’s and PhD in Public Policy – and a number of executive education options.
JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research, and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. Visit our website for more information about JSGS.

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Competition No.: 20220676SS
The successful applicant will work with a research team on a Tri-Council-funded project “Well-being in Policy: Cultivating Knowledge with Municipal Stakeholders about a Quality-of-Life Approach to Community Planning”.

The successful applicant will: 
  • Participate in creating interview guides, assist in carrying out interviews and conduct transcript editing;
  • Gain experience in an ethics application;
  • Assist in analyzing survey and interview data;
  • Convert academic findings into plain language summaries;
  • Communicate with project stakeholders and participants in varying capacities; and,
  • Work with the research team on writing a policy brief.

Must be able to begin on September 1st.

Applicants must provide a cover letter, their CV and contact information for two references. 

Position Requirements: Masters degree

Position Details:

  • Pay Grade: As per CUPE 2419
  • Salary Range: As per CUPE 2419 Collective Agreement
  • Status: Casual
  • Work Hours: The position will commence September 1 for a maximum of 10 hours per week for 20 weeks (semester and a half).

Contact Information: iryna.khovrenkov@uregina.ca 

Application Close Date: September 7, 2022

Under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Regulations the University of Regina is required to verify that International Students are eligible to work on campus prior to being hired. To confirm this eligibility, International Students are requested to contact UR International – Student Services to obtain a “Verification of Academic Status for the Eligibility to Work on Campus” letter that must be provided to the hiring manager prior to hiring. These letters must be updated each semester and/or as circumstances change.

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

Graduate Student Research Assistant (Several positions Fall 2022)

Competition No.: 20220785SS
The successful applicant will conduct research in relation to identifying regional social-ecological hydroclimatic and water security risks, assessing possible impacts on regional sectors (including ecosystems, primary economic activities, livelihoods, and infrastructure), assessing institutional adaptations and governance, working with partners and stakeholders in relation to Saskatchewan and South America. Duties include conducting database searches, web of science searches, building website content and linking research and data, conducting and analyzing interviews, analyzing quantitative/qualitative data, writing research reports and case studies, assisting with meetings/ roundtable organization and facilitation, and preparing manuscripts for publication, among other assigned research tasks.

Position Requirements: Masters or PhD students. Familiarity with social science, climate change, risk, water governance, environmental issues, websites, website hosting, scoping reviews and qualitative and/or quantitative research and literature reviews is essential, as are strong writing skills. 

Position Details:

  • Pay Grade: As per CUPE 2419
  • Salary Range: As per CUPE 2419 Collective Agreement
  • Status: Term
  • Work Hours: The successful candidate should be available to start work immediately. Hours of work are to be determined in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Duration: Fall 2022 Semester

Contact Information: margot.hurlbert@uregina.ca 

Application Close Date: September 7, 2022

Under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Regulations the University of Regina is required to verify that International Students are eligible to work on campus prior to being hired. To confirm this eligibility, International Students are requested to contact UR International – Student Services to obtain a “Verification of Academic Status for the Eligibility to Work on Campus” letter that must be provided to the hiring manager prior to hiring. These letters must be updated each semester and/or as circumstances change.

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.