Executive Director

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University of Alberta

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement , this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $101,800 to $114,525. This position has an approximate appointment of one year with strong possibilities of extension upon project midterm review.


Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton. This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.


The Executive Director position with the Arramat Project is a unique opportunity to lead a global initiative intended to support transformative change for Indigenous Peoples’ health and well-being in the context of biodiversity and related environmental issues. Executive Director will share the values and aspirations of the Arramat Project. Working collaboratively with the six Co-PIs, the Executive Director will ensure appropriate implementation of operations, strategies, policies, engagement and standards with input from the Arramat Project co-Principal Investigators (co-PI’s), Advisory Circle and the Co-Leads of the Arramat Project Transformation Pathways. The Executive Director will remain knowledgeable about the activities, place-based projects and other engagement in appropriate detail, in a timely manner, and evaluate the results to move the Arramat Project forward. The Executive Director will oversee all Arramat Project staff and ensure effective management and operations.  


The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the operation of the Arramat Project. Major responsibilities focus on the following: 

a. Leadership, Vision, and Strategic Decision-making (30%) 

  • Lead the implementation of project priorities, strategies, vision, and values with input from the Arramat Project co-Principal Investigators (co-PI’s), Advisory Circle and the Co-Leads of the Arramat Project Transformation Pathways. 

  • Implement co-PI direction and decisions, with an emphasis on Indigenous leadership, into the values, the spirit, and the work of what Arramat accomplishes through its support of place-based projects, transformation pathways, and as a collective whole. Attend and Chair all meetings of the Co-PIs. Prioritize individual engagement and relationship with each co-PI, and support of co-PI’s and their contributions to the project, to ensure that all co-PI perspectives are heard and considered in leadership decisions. 

  • Coordinate Advisory Circle activities, including overseeing the governance, appointment, and terms of reference. Communicate and act on advice and recommendations received from the AC in collaboration with the co-PI’s, pathway co-leads, place-based project leaders, and project staff 

  • Support and provide strategic advice to ten Transformation Pathways through effective collaboration with Pathway co-leads. Contribute to the coordination of Pathway activities and cross-Pathway synergies and outcomes. 

  • Represent the Arramat Project at international, national, and provincial events to enhance the ArramatProject profile; assist in conducting official correspondence. 

b. Operational Planning (including HR), Staff Leadership, and Management (30%) 

  • Review the implementation of the human resources policies including the development ofjob descriptions for all staff; determine staffing gaps 

  • Lead recruiting, interviewing and selecting staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the Arramat Project’s mission 

  • Ensure that all staff receive an adequate orientation to the ArramatProject and thatappropriate training is provided. 

  • Manage and supervise all staff (project management, finance and communicationsassociates) of the Arramat Project; conduct bi-annual performance reviews of staff 

  • Serve as the conduit for staff to the Co-PI Table 

  • Ensure that effective day-to-day operation meets the expectations of Co-PIs vision 

c. Financial Planning and Management (25%) 

  • Coordinate fiscal management of the Arramat Project (Budget 3.5 million/annual), including budget development and expenditures 

  • Administer the funds of the program according to the approved budget 

  • Explore and negotiate budget modifications when necessary to successfully achieve Projectobjectives 

  • Provide the NFRF with comprehensive, annual reports on the expenditure of the project 

d. Risk Management (15%) 

  • Proactively identify and evaluate the risks to the Arramat Project’s staff, property,finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks 

  • Identify, assess, and implement plans to address internal and external issues that affectthe Indigenous led Arramat Project and its successful execution

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to the project goals (e.g. Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Public Health Sciences, Law and/or Policy) 

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in project management, including staff supervision, budgeting, and financial reporting experience 

  • Highly developed skills in project management and coordination including planning, development, implementation and evaluation 

  • Strong interpersonal, community and public relations skills 

  • Ability to organize ideas and information and to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms including effective presentations

Preferred Qualifications 

  • The applicant is required to communicate extremely well in English. However, bilingual skills in English/French or English/Spanish and/or knowledge of an Indigenous language are desirable 

  • Superior skills and successful experience in motivating and collaborating with others to build successful partnerships, teams, coalition and alliances 

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples, including Indigenous knowledge promotion and the interrelationality of biodiversity and the well-being of Indigenous Peoples; with a deep understanding of the impact and legacy of colonialism, environmental and social justice for Indigenous Peoples 

  • Knowledge and understanding of university procedures and policies in areas such as research services, financial and human resources, and governance 

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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