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Project Manager

Date: July 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Project Director
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Sociology and Legal Studies


Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Project Manager is the primary staff person for The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS), a complex national research initiative with local, national, and international partners. The incumbent is responsible for the management of the daily operations of the network and assisting in the development, implementation, and oversight of the network’s organizational objectives, plans, and procedures. The Project Manager also is responsible for ensuring that TSAS is managed professionally and efficiently, in accordance with UW policies, systems and guidelines, while respecting the requirements of the organizations providing funding to TSAS. The Project Manager works with the Project Director and the Executive Committee to develop, deliver, and evaluate the programs instituting the priorities of the organization. The person in this role is to provide leadership in all aspects of financial planning, administration, and management with regard to TSAS, its affiliated research teams, and in its relations with government and non-government partners.

Key Accountabilities:






Position Requirements


Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or the equivalent combination of education and experience.


At least five years of administrative experience in a complex organizational setting involving the co-ordination of multiple organizational partners and the management of complex financial arrangements. Knowledge of accounting principles and practices, financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, and report preparation. Proven ability to prepare and effectively monitor budgets. Thorough knowledge of the administrative policies, and procedures of UW.  Strong organizational skills and problem solving ability. Demonstrated discretion and respect for confidential information. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate in a team environment. Ability to work effectively under pressure, and manage multiple deadlines. Database experience a benefit. Excellent oral and written communications skills.  


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced Advanced FORE; InDesign; web page management software

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

 The person in this position is the primary point of contact for a wide array of individuals and organizations interacting with TSAS: researchers, students, universities, government officials, NGOs, private corporations, and the news media. Clear, efficient, and professional communications with these partners is essential.   

Level of Responsibility:

The Project Manager must have the ability to work independently under minimal direction. Sound judgement and initiative are essential. Occasionally the work will involve the training and supervision of temporary employees and other kinds of contractual assistants.

Decision-Making Authority:

The Project Manager will have the authority to make decisions about routine administrative matters, including budget allocations and staff resources, to meet established objectives. They will have signing authority for routine expenses and will consult with the Project Director on more complex and non-routine issues

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Typical for an administrative position in an office environment.

Working Environment:

Office-based work with occasional travel to assist in the management of workshops and other types of events and meetings. Regular working hours. No significant physical or psychological risks are associated with the work.