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IWoK Project Manager, One Child Every Child

Job ID: 31058
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated February 13, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Office of Indigenous Engagement in the Office of the Provost & VP Academic invites applications for an Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project Manager, One Child Every Child. This Full-time, Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

In 2023, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) invested $125 million in University of Calgary’s One Child Every Child: A Transformational Child Health Research Initiative. This groundbreaking initiative will transform child health research in Canada, promote Indigenous-led knowledge creation and self-determination, and drive discovery and innovation. One Child Every Child is guided by ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the UCalgary Indigenous Strategy, and walks parallel paths with Indigenous Elders and scholars to encompass the wisdom, voices and reserach priorities of Indigenous peoples for the betterment of all.  

The Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWoK) Project Manager reports to the Indigenous Administrative and Research Lead, One Child Every Child and will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the strategic goals of the Ways of Knowing Accelerator. The Project Manager is a process, integration and detail-oriented individual who is able to handle multiple projects and organizational demands, with the responsibility of facilitating inclusion of Indigenous peoples, communities, perspectives, and approaches in broadly based research, the Manager will play a supportive role to projects based within One Child Every Child. 

This is a hybrid position; the candidate will work remotely and in person at the University of Calgary Foothills Medical Campus as required. While the work is primarily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, there will be activities to be addressed outside of these work hours, including evening and, on rare occasions, weekends. 

The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator Project Manager is to provide operational, project, administrative, financial, and human resources leadership to the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator. The Project Manager plays a key role in supporting Indigenous engagement across One Child Every Child themes and accelerators, Indigenous communities, Elders, knowledge keepers and students, and advancing the concepts of parallel paths, ethical space and Indigenous research including such principles as OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) and informed prior consent, and such directions as those outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2, chapter nine.   

This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Operational Planning and Project Management

  • Facilitate the  inclusion of Indigenous peoples, communities, perspectives, and approaches in broadly based research. 
  • Manage initiatives that support the strategic goals of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator.
  • Supports the development of training material related to ethical space, parallel process and research and engagement with Indigenous peoples, communities' organizations, and nations.
  • Organize and facilitate Indigenous specific learning opportunities across One Child Every Child in partnership with the Indigenous team, themes and accelerators.
  • Work with One Child Every Child themes and accelerators to successfully implement ethical space practices into all areas of the initiative.
  • Work alongside the Office of Indigenous Engagement, Indigenous Research Support Team, Indigenous.
  • Advisory Circle to deliver Indigenous specific learning opportunities.
  • Responsible for effectively coordinating, organizing, and staging institute activities, events, and budgets.
  • Coordinate and organize travel arrangements for faculty and visiting lecturers’ transportation, itineraries, agency/hotel accommodations and completing all necessary forms and requisitions for funding. Arranges flights, accommodations, transportation and honorariums for invited speakers and visitors for the One Child Every Child Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator initiatives.
  • Oversee the effective financial management for the Accelerator, including generating financial reports, advising and addressing variance reports and supporting the development annual budgets and ensures financial reporting expectations and deadlines are met.

Communications and Relationships

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, University staff, faculty and One Child Every Child themes, accelerators, and collaborators.
  • Support the activities and organization of the Indigenous Advisory Circle.
  • Serve as the key project contact for the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator within One Child Every Child with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop internal and external communications specific to parallel paths, ethical space and Indigenous engagement and accelerator progress ensure all parties informed on the goals, activities, and milestones of the accelerator.
  • Develop content and resources specific to Indigenous audiences and partners, as well as content and resources for non-Indigenous researchers, partners, and audiences.
  • Create methods to track and monitor Indigenous engagement, learnings across One Child Every Child.

Leadership and People Management

  • Serve as a liaison, leader, and role model for the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Accelerator within the larger One Child Every Child context, fostering a team-based culture, ensuring positive interactions with other team members and collaborators.
  • Support the hiring process of all support staff hired within the Indigenous Accelerator and Indigenous.
  • Path, including the creation of job profiles, interviewing, hiring, contract renewal, verification of timesheets, training sand workflow analysis.
  • Manages any direct reports (MaPS or AUPE positions) assigned by the Indigenous Lead including; hiring, performance reviews, performance management, grievances, discipline, learning and professional development, terminations and succession planning.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Accelerator staff by managing tasks and duties, supporting and facilitating training and career development, mentoring, monitoring progress and reviewing performance measures.
  • Develop and foster healthy working relationships within the accelerator, with Indigenous partners, communities, and students, and with internal and external collaborators.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in business, education, Indigenous studies, health, social work or a combination of education and equivalent work experience is required; Master's degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of direct and focused experience in Indigenous education, program and/or curriculum development and Indigenous engagement is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in project management and event planning experience.
  • Management of projects that include Indigenous people, communities, perspectives and practices will be a significant asset.
  • 1 year of experience in an academic and/or research environment. 
  • 6 months of experience in a research environment that includes community-based research. 
  • 3 years’ experience in administration with an emphasis on decision-making, highly developed organizational skills and collaboration.
  • In-depth understanding of ii’ taa’poh’to’p, and its key concepts, particularly parallel paths, ethical space and transformation.
  • Understanding of and commitment to engage in Indigenous protocols, work with Elders and knowledge keepers, and Indigenous practices.
  • At least one year of experience in a research environment that includes community-based research.
  • Experience in a health/medical research environment is an asset.
  • Ability to anticipate needs, plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Ability to support the development and recording of project performance measures and outcomes.
  • Ability to work independently, while collaborating with team members to set priorities and goals and to effectively support the team members to achieve agreed upon goals.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills required in dealing with a range of situations, which may include complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Must demonstrate professionalism, discretion, courtesy, and respect in all interactions with internal and external clients creating a positive image for the Institute.

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applications will be reviewed starting March 11, 2024.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in thee Management Career Band, Level 1of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

Do you have most but not all the qualifications? Research show that women, racialized and visible minorities , and persons with disabilities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At UCalgary we are committed to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces and encourage you to apply if you believe you are right for this role. 

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.