Project Manager – Alberta Water Council and Clean Air Strategic Alliance – Alberta

Position summary
Reporting to the operations manager, the project manager (PM) provides leadership and direction to multi-stakeholder project teams, working groups, committees, and ad hoc groups tasked with developing various solutions and deliverables for some of Alberta’s most challenging water and air management issues. Working within the AWC and CASA’s collaborative decision-making processes, the PM plays an integral role to ensure that stakeholder participation is meaningful, diverse perspectives are heard and considered to reach solutions through consensus, and various deliverables are produced on time and of high quality.
The PM builds positive working relationships across a diversity of sector groups and fosters a climate in which interest-based negotiation helps stakeholders to reach decisions to water and air provincial challenges. Lastly, the PM manages multiple projects and works with teams to produce deliverables including policy recommendations, guidance documents, and toolkits, among others.

Specific duties:
1. Provide support and direction to multi-stakeholder teams to align with AWC and CASA processes towards developing consensus-based solutions that address water management and air quality management issues.
Interpret AWC and CASA board philosophies to teams and communicate board interests and concerns at the project team level.
Identify issues and barriers impeding team progress and take appropriate steps to rectify these.
Act as “process cop” to ensure that AWC and CASA’s processes are adhered to consistently.
Assist project team co-chairs in interacting with the board on behalf of the teams
Ensure that reporting relationships are clear and team members are aware of their accountability to their sector and AWC and CASA director and alternate.
2. Apply project management and facilitation skills to ensure project tasks are met on time and ensure effective communication among project team members.
Organize meeting logistics, prepare agendas, and record minutes from meetings and ensure timely review and distribution of relevant documents.
Lead project teams in preparing and executing work plans.
Prepare board briefing materials, reports, and other pertinent documents as required by project teams, working groups, and committees.
Assist the team with identifying potential sources of funding and preparing grant applications.
Design and deliver team meeting approaches to achieve meeting objectives.
Implement conflict resolutions and mediation processes to resolve conflicts among project team members.
Develop strategies to enhance communication among project team members.
Manage consultant contracts (i.e., review of invoices, ensuring contract terms of reference are met, and serve as the primary liaison between the project team and consultant(s) to resolve issues and exchange information).
Some overnight travel required several times per year within Alberta.
3. Other duties that contribute to the efficient operation of the AWC and CASA to achieve the organizations’ goals.
Maintain collegial working relationships with AWC and CASA staff to encourage a positive working environment.
Develop and maintain technical and personal skills to improve AWC and CASA performance.
Represent AWC and CASA at networking and outreach events when required.
Present project updates and findings to sector member organizations and other groups
Provide input towards AWC’s and CASA’s strategic and operational plans, annual reports, and communication materials (website, newsletters, webinars etc.).
Liaise with other staff to maintain effective internal communications.
Other duties as required.

Knowledge and experience required
University degree in a related field (e.g., natural resource or conservation sciences, environmental or public policy) or a comparable combination of education and experience.
Minimum of three years of related work experience.
Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder groups and applying project management skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
General understanding of environmental issues, stakeholder and Indigenous groups, and management frameworks relating to air and water in Alberta.
Strong time and budget management skills.
Self-driven performer.
Ability to work independently or as part of a team depending on the task assigned.
Excellent multi-tasking abilities with the ability to prioritize and adapt to unforeseen situations.
Requires knowledge of various software programs (i.e., Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Google platforms, remote meeting software.
Experience with consensus decision-making, negotiation, and conflict resolution considered an asset.
The pay band for this position starts at $68,000. CASA and AWC offer very competitive not-for-profit salaries; extended health and dental benefit coverage, an RRSP plan, and professional development opportunities.

The successful applicant may be required to complete a criminal record check and verify their credentials.
Type of position
This is a full-time, permanent position. Typically, staff work 37.25 hours per week, with minimal overtime required, occasionally. Staff are currently allowed to work from home due to the pandemic, though a hybrid work model of days in the office and days at home will eventually be implemented. Secure laptops will be provided.

To Apply
Email your cover letter and resume to
Please ensure the following:
Subject line includes “Project Manager” and your last name.
Cover letter (max. two pages) explaining why you are interested in working with the AWC and CASA, and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this position.
Resume outlines your relevant skills, education, and experience.
Please submit both documents properly labelled as instructed as one pdf document.
Application Deadline:11:59 p.m. June 10, 2022.