Job Description and Person Specification
|Job Title: Project Coordinator, National Engineering Education Ecosystem Project (NEEEP)
Reports To: Engineering Deans Canada, Education Committee
|Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Please note that this post is full time at 37.5 hours per week and fixed term for 36 months.
Engineering Deans Canada (EDC) is a pan-Canadian organization of a network of Deans of Faculties of Engineering at Higher Education Institutions with accredited undergraduate engineering programs. These 44 members are the voice of engineering education and research, promoting and encouraging excellence at the national level.
EDC are funding a project to coordinate a national ecosystem that brings together engineering educators, resources, initiatives, and groups so that we can collectively work on transformational change in the way we educate engineers. The aim of the National Engineering Education Ecosystem Project (NEEEP) is to cultivate and coordinate an ecosystem that is recognized and appreciated within Canada and respected globally as being focused on the student learning experience, inspiring continual innovation, and rooted in scholarship.
The Project Coordinator will be a dynamic and innovative individual with experience of building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. The Project Coordinator will be required to work closely with Engineering Schools/Faculties and national engineering education groups to drive the development of this initiative, including the Canadian Engineering Education Association-L’Association Canadienne de l’Éducation en Génie (CEEA-ACÉG), collaboration pour l’ingénierie enseignée en ligne (CIEL), the Engineering Change Lab, the Institute for Engineering Teaching, the Institute for Engineering Education Research, and Engineers Canada.
NEEEP focuses on four areas of development:
- Establishing and facilitating a Steering Council to inform vision and direction for engineering education in Canada.
- Forming and facilitating an Initiative Council to coordinate and operationalize activities to realize the vision and direction.
- Building relationships and partnerships with broader groups to anchor Canadian engineering education within broader systems, strengthening networks.
- Secure additional funding avenues to ensure viability / sustainability of NEEEP.
Co-creation is central to our model of working and so we are particularly interested to hear from people with experience in developing and leading on projects created with, by, and for stakeholders in that context.
- Work with a range of colleagues across the engineering education sector to support the development of a sustainable national initiative and the systems and processes required to deliver NEEEP.
- Utilise a combination of sector awareness and research to engage and nurture relationships with the various stakeholders nationally in support of achieving the goals of NEEEP.
- Lead the planning and coordination of NEEEP to include defining the project deliverables, tasks, resource requirements and development of plans, roadmap, and risk analysis.
- Manage the implementation of the strategic and operational requirements of the Project.
- Act as an ambassador and promoter for NEEEP and represent the Project at employers, national professional groups, key public sector organisations, etc.
- Plan, organize and attend project meetings, workshops, forums, conferences and events (nationally).
- In collaboration with the Steering Council to proactively identify opportunities and build a strategy and a case for support for fundraising.
- Monitor and report on progress to all stakeholders, including any problems/solutions in implementing and managing project changes and interventions to achieve intended outcomes.
- Produce reports, briefings, and presentations as required to inform and update relevant members of the Project.
- Develop and manage an electronic database of project information and outputs, and manage the co-ordination of reports.
- Advise the Steering Council, the Initiative Council, and EDC’s Education Committee of relevant strategic and operational issues that should be considered, and provide project evaluations and assessments of results to identify and recommend appropriate solutions.
- Manage and monitor a budget, and provide regular financial reports to EDC’s Education Committee.
- Work occasional outside normal business hours, as required to do the job.
- Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time following consultation with the post holder.
Education, Training & Credentials
- Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related field preferred. MBA or professional designation an asset.
- At least 5-years demonstrating a proven track record in project management.
- Experience of working in/with large complex organisations.
- Experience of working with senior management within organizations.
- Experience of writing/preparing proposals.
- Experience in strategic planning, risk management, and change management is desirable.
- Experience in implementing large-scale projects with many diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in leadership, cooperation, and responsibility in the successful completion of projects and events.
- Understanding of the post-secondary education sector is desirable.
- Knowledge of project management techniques and tools and its practical aspects.
- Knowledge of planning, monitoring, and managing budgets.
Skills and Traits
- Excellent interpersonal skills with strong professional character including discretion and the ability to establish and maintain trust.
- Strong team player with proven experience of working pro-actively in partnership with colleagues to achieve outcomes, with the ability to manage conflicting stakeholder interests effectively.
- Excellent networking skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to present complex information in a concise and user-friendly way.
- Able to work on own initiative and to deadlines, and to manage multiple project themes at one time.
- Excellent organizational skills and planning, with an appreciation of longer-term issues and ability to ensure initiatives complement and feed into the Project’s broader operational plans.
- Attention to detail within reports, articles and other information.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft programs and project management software tools
- Comfortable with social media engagement.
- Ability to demonstrate and represent a mindset of inclusion, diversity, and equity in decision-making and planning.
- Passion for promoting the attributes of the future engineering workplace and engineering graduate.
Interested individuals are to provide one electronic copy of their application to Engineering Deans Canada at [email protected], by Thursday, March 31, 2022.
All correspondence related to this job posting shall be in writing. While the applicant is required to clearly explain any assumptions or conditions in their application, questions are welcome at [email protected]. The applicant should be prepared to enter into a fixed-term contract with terms mutually agreed upon. Applications and the information contained therein will be considered confidential and will not be shared with any entities or individuals other than for evaluation purposes.
Engineering Deans Canada shall incur no obligation or liability whatsoever to anyone by issuance of this request for applicants or action by any party relative hereto. Any costs incurred by any applicant in responding to this request or in support of activities associated with their application, are to be borne by the applicant and are not reimbursable by Engineering Deans Canada. Engineering Deans Canada reserves the right to cancel or postpone this request for applications at any time prior to the execution of a written contract without incurring liability to Engineering Deans Canada, if in its sole determination, its best interest would be served by doing so.