Project Coordinator

University of Saskatchewan

Primary Purpose: This Project Coordinator role is for the Apihkatatan project, which is overseen by Pewaseskwan (the Indigenous Wellness Research Group). This project is about supporting Indigenous women with lived experience of the criminal justice system. The aim is to help them on their wholistic wellness journeys through population-level intervention research involving land- and culture-based healing.

The incumbent will coordinate the creation of a curriculum focused on land- and culture-based healing (L&CBH). This will include gender-affirming and trauma-informed expressive therapy (ET) for Indigenous women living in Saskatchewan, mainly in Saskatoon.

The Project Coordinator is expected to be a visionary leader who represents Pewaseskwan to the public and its stakeholders. Reporting to the Principal Investigators, with day-to-day direction from the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator will lead the management and coordination of research activities related to the project(s) using Indigenous ways of knowing and doing.

Nature of Work:As a valued member of Pewaseskwanat the University of Saskatchewan, the Project Coordinator will collaborate closely with relevant stakeholders and coordinate the entire study from planning, survey development, pilot testing, survey distribution, data collection and analysis to knowledge translation activities and manuscript writing. 

The Project Coordinator will embrace the concepts of community engagement, consultation, partnership and self-determination. This position requires a high level of independence, interpersonal skills and knowledge of Indigenous philosophies and methodologies.


  • Supervise, support and coordinate the activities of research personnel.
  • Develop, prepare and present annual or official reports to funding agencies, key external stakeholders and university leadership/administration.
  • Ensure a high quality of studies as per regulations stipulated by the Tri-Council and other granting agencies, Research Ethics Boards and other oversight and regulatory bodies, and uplift Indigenous research philosophies and methodologies, including data sovereignty.
  • Prepare communication materials for community members and other stakeholders as the project unfolds.
  • Provide seamless project management support for the Principal Investigators, including communicating with team members and stakeholders and organizing meetings.
  • Contributes to engagement on behalf of Pewaseskwan with Elders, Knowledge Holders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty and scholars, teachers, staff, students and First Nations and Métis communities and organizations. 
  • Applies knowledge of, and experience with, Indigenization, reconciliation and decolonization to research, working with partners and Pewaseskwan initiatives. 
  • Ensures that the Indigenous engagement and research undertaken by Pewaseskwan demonstrably meets its objectives.
  • Research innovative practices in Indigenous research engagement and partnership nationally and internationally, sharing new strategies and approaches with Pewaseskwan and at the local level.
  • Develop grant applications to support future research studies in implementation and knowledge translation research.
  • Oversee comprehensive review(s) of relevant literature and other sources and produce literature summaries as required for other team members relevant to specific topics.
  • Present findings at local, national and international meetings where relevant.
  • Lead manuscript writing and contribute to manuscripts of relevance to Pewaseskwan.
  • Participate in relevant committees at the organizational, regional and national levels.


Education: A level of education equivalent to a Master’s degree in a related health, social work or other relevant discipline from a recognized program.

Experience: A minimum of five years of directly related experience in research administration. Knowledge of University of Saskatchewan policies and procedures, including the UniFi System (or equivalent) will be considered an asset. Demonstrated leadership experience in the research environment and among Indigenous peoples, and the criminal justice system is also considered a strong asset for this position. Specifically, project management, including successful collaborations with community and university stakeholders, authorship of academic publications, proposals and/or reports, and supervising staff.


  • Demonstrated competency in the areas of strategic planning, project management and organization. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motive others. 
  • Experience delivering proactive, user-oriented support. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Strong analytical skills. 
  • Proven ability to work effectively with decision-makers to achieve solutions to unique and complex problems. 
  • Ability to recognize and tactfully maneuver through political situations. 
  • Ability to negotiate effectively in difficult situations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality. 
  • Highly proficient computer skills. 
  • Proven leadership skills. 

This position requires technical and policy knowledge, an ability to deal with competing priorities and deadlines, and personal initiative and judgment. It will suit an individual who is creative, innovative, versatile, and committed to upholding standards of equity, transparency, consistency and accuracy in forging a vital Indigenous presence in this space.

Potential candidates will preferably identify as Indigenous or have Indigenous living experience, and a proven record of accomplishment of working well with Indigenous people.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Marissa Alarcon at [email protected] .

Department: College of Medicine – DnOffce

Term 2 years with the possibility of extension

Employment Group:

Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):

The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $50,780.00 – 79,344.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable):
Specialist Professional

Salary Phase/Band:
Phase 1

Posted Date:

Closing Date:
11/21/2023 at 6:00 pm CST
Number of Openings:
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace Guidelines

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin taapwaywin tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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