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Posting ID : 3392
Apply By : 10/30/2013
Position Title : Project Liaison-Northwest Territories
Job Type : Part-time, Limited Term
Reports To : Designated Laurier Member of Laurier-GNWT Science Committee
Position Summary : In 2010, a partnership was formed between Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to undertake development of the Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research (CALIBER) as funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the GNWT and Laurier. Three theme areas constitute the focus of the collaborative research effort: Landscape Change, Cumulative Effects and Thresholds. Personnel involved in this project include researchers from Laurier and Territorial and Federal departments as well as collaborators from other partners.

The position of Project Liaison with the CALIBER project offers a wealth of opportunity with respect to assisting in the development of this collaborative effort.
Reporting to the joint Science Committee overseeing the scientific activities of the partnership, this position requires the successful candidate to work closely with researchers, regulators, community members, graduate students and industry representatives
Accountabilities : Liaison:
• Promotes and assists with the continuing development of the Laurier-GNWT Partnership;
• Acts as a ‘spokesperson’ for the Partnership and develops and maintains good media relations;
• Liaises with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis;
• Promotes the objectives of the program in the Northwest Territories by interacting with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, organizations and individuals, the media, communities and school boards, industrial partners, resource management boards, NGOs and various government agencies;
• Maintains direct contact with personnel of various outside organizations and university departments associated with CALIBER projects and other projects relevant to the partnership;
• Confers with and advises stakeholder and committee members to provide technical advice, problem-solving assistance, answers to questions and project/partnership goals and policy interpretations;
• Refers to appropriate person or department when unable to respond;
• Works closely with the chair, NWT-WLU Science Committee.

Project Management and Development:
• Seeks out opportunities for projects and works with the Science Committee;
• Assists Science Committee in managing project development and in developing new projects and new partnerships;
• Defines project scope, goals and deliverables that support the Partnership Agreement goals in collaboration with committee members, Partnership Scientists, and stakeholders;
• Estimates resource needs and assists with finding participants, funding and other resources necessary to achieve project goals;
• Drafts budget and project proposals as directed by Science Committee, and recommends subsequent budget changes where necessary;
• Assists in managing project expectations with Science Committee members and other stakeholders;
• Proactively assists with management changes in project scope, identifies potential crises, and devises contingency plans;
• Builds and develop relationships necessary to the success of the project;
• Assists researchers with their Partnership-related field projects including ensuring necessary field equipment is ready when needed, arranging logistics, providing direct and indirect support for field work (including field camps) and undertakes other field-related duties as required.

• Books and schedules facility and services for Partnership events/projects; estimates costs and determines project/event budgets; negotiates and prepares contracts determining fees and terms of contracts for meeting activities;
• Organizes the annual Partnership and Science Committee meetings and the monthly Science Committee conference calls;
• Acts as Secretary for Science Committee meetings;
• Develops and maintains the Partnership web page;
• Develops and maintains effective relationships with media personnel and government communications officers;
• Undertakes other administrative duties as necessary for project and Science Committee support.
Qualifications : • Education in environmental science or related discipline (Bachelor’s minimum with graduate degree in environmental science preferred), combined with extensive practical experience (office and field) in the Northwest Territories
• Well established contacts with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, organizations and individuals, applicable Territorial ad Federal government agencies, resource management boards and other relevant organizations in the NWT
• A solid understanding of GNWT policies on water stewardship, climate change impacts and adaptation, northern ecology, northern landscapes, and other northern science fields, the challenges of working in remote and difficult conditions in NWT, and key areas related to the Laurier-GNWT Partnership Agreement
• Significant project management and field experience working in NWT
• Previous experience writing grant proposals
• Must be self-directed and able to work independently
• Well established contacts with universities, industry and other potential partners and a proven ability to network effectively
• Must be a resident of the NWT
Salary : $42,500 plus part-time benefits
Salary Notes : This is a part-time, limited term position for approximately 3 years. The position will be based in Yellowknife, offers possibilities for travel within the Territories and to the Laurier campus in Waterloo, Ontario for occasional meetings.

*This part-time limited term position, (November 2013 to July 31, 2016), funded by Laurier as part of the multi-year agreement between Laurier and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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