Sustainable Communities Research Associate (Project Manager)

University of Waterloo Published: October 3, 2020
Remote, Ontario
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Work as project manager of Dr. Clarke’s “Implementing Sustainable Community Plans” project. Specifically, you will help with research dissemination (non-academic) to local sustainability practitioners who are key in achieving sustainable communities and cities.

The goal of this role is to support the sharing of research findings to all communities across Canada, and project participants and interested communities around the world, through our partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).

Duties and responsibilities

  • Implementing Sustainable Community Plans Project
    • Get oriented to past research and articles from the project
    • Create a marketing strategy to share findings with practitioners
    • Web content development & Social Media management
      • Update project website
      • Create new text content for website based on more recent publications
      • Create infographics as needed
      • Increase Twitter reach to 12K
      • Prepare Tweets and LinkedIn posts to promote new material (Dr. Clarke to do actual post).
    • Non-academic reports
      • ICLEI report (international survey results on implementing sustainable community plans)
        • Build on existing work to prepare and format report
        • Frame the report in terms of SDG implementation
        • Coordinate input from the larger team of academics
        • Develop 2-3 issue briefs
      • Presentations
        • Support preparing PowerPoint slides as needed
        • Organize webinar(s)
  • Other related activities and tasks as requested or as suggested (and approved)

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels and with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Skills in marketing and change management considered an asset.
  • Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite software, Social Media platforms, and internet applications.
  • Experience creating infographics considered an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, and project management skills are essential.
  • Knowledge on climate change, community sustainability, and/or cross-sector partnerships considered an asset.

Education required

  • Graduate degree in sustainability, sustainable development, environment, business or any other related degree

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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