Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW, formerly known as Manitoba Conservation Districts Association) is a non-profit organization that supports Manitoba’s 14 watershed districts in protecting our soil, water, habitat, and climate.
MAW is leading one of two teams involved in Living Lab-Eastern Prairies, a network of researchers, conservation groups, and agricultural producers working to identify the most effective sustainable agriculture practices and increase adoption across the Eastern Prairies. MAW allocates funding to seven organizations to implement a range of projects. Learn more: https://manitobawatersheds.org/living-lab-eastern-prairies
MAW is seeking proposals/applicants for a Project Manager. We are open to structuring the position as a contractor or employee depending on negotiations with the chosen applicant.
The position will start as soon as possible and run to March 31, 2023, subject to continued funding availability, strong performance, and any changes in the skillset needed. There is potential to extend the position beyond this end date subject to securing new funding.
The position may be based at MAW’s Winnipeg office or from a home office anywhere in Manitoba with phone and internet access. There may be occasional travel throughout Manitoba if it is safe to do so in terms of COVID-19 risk.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Manager is tasked with managing MAW’s projects, primarily Living Lab-Eastern Prairies:
- Ensure each partner can spend their budget and implement their work plan within the fiscal year. Make adjustments early in each year and secure approval from our funder. Ensure MAW and partners are complying with all conditions of the contribution agreement.
- Advise partners on options for implementing their budgets and work plans. Work to understand our partners’ progress toward fulfilling the budget and work plan targets and address problems early. As needed, help partners directly with implementation, which could include project design, hiring subcontractors, organizing meetings, and more.
- Develop recommendations for the Steering Committee on changes needed to the overall direction of Living Lab-Eastern Prairies to achieve better projects, research, producer engagement, and adoption of practices. Implement advice from the committee.
- Refine our invoicing process and train all partners. Gather receipts, invoices, time sheets, and other documents from partners. Organize and submit funding claims based on complex documentation requirements. Prepare and submit documents for annual audit.
- Compile information from partners and complete the Annual Performance Report.
- Hold regular meetings for each of the four Living Lab watersheds, the Operations Committee, and the Steering Committee. Chair meetings and working groups as needed, or support the chairs, and ensure each group is accomplishing its deliverables. Ensure the right people are invited to each meeting and prepare the information they need. Record and distribute concise minutes focusing on the action items.
- Chair the Co-Development Task Force and build consensus toward a set of co-development approaches. Work with partners to organize and host co-development sessions, sometimes as the lead organizer/facilitator.
- Support our partners in designing and holding co-development sessions, including meetings and field tours. These sessions should focus on producers and staff sharing progress and designing projects. Ensure these sessions happen regularly.
- Work with partners to implement the data management plan while protecting producers’ personal information.
- Work with partners to submit funding proposals to expand our work.
- Help researchers translate their findings to producer language.
- Get to know your colleagues and their roles in Living Labs, build rapport, and learn how you can uniquely support each partner.
Ensure producers across the Eastern Prairies and other stakeholders are aware of Living Labs and the value it is providing:
- Organize meetings and tours with producers and other stakeholders.
- Publish the e-newsletter twice per year. Gather and edit content from partners; design and send using MailChimp.
- Coordinate media outreach, post on social media, secure presentation spots at events such as Ag Days, and find participating producers and staff to speak about their work.
- Help partners recruit producers to take on projects.
- Support MAW’s other work as needed, such as the annual conference, magazine, and project funding administration.
View Posting in PDF: https://manitobawatersheds.org/news/project-manager-contractjob-opportunity
Contract length: 30 months
Application deadline: 2020-10-04
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Flexible schedule
- Paid time off
- Work from home
- Monday to Friday
The Project Manager may work from home. Occasional travel will take place only if the COVID-19 risk is low.