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Position: Project Manager (facilitation)
Organization: Alberta Water Council
Type of position: full-time permanent position with competitive salary and benefits
Number of positions: one
Application Deadline: October 10, 2014
Location: Edmonton
Salary Range: $68,000 – $88,000
Why you should apply
Project Managers with the Albert Water Council (AWC) have a direct impact on the successful development of solutions to address water issues in Alberta by multi-stakeholder teams. Project Managers provide leadership and facilitation skills to ensure that project team processes and activities encourage meaningful participation by stakeholders and allow for diverse perspectives to be heard and addressed. This position would appeal to someone with two to four years’ experience in a facilitating or coordinating role and has an interest in water management at a governance and policy level.

About us
The AWC is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides leadership, expertise and sector knowledge to engage and empower industry, non-governmental organizations, and various levels of government to achieve the outcomes of the Alberta Water for Life strategy. Following a consensus decision making process, the AWC advises its members on emerging water management and water policy issues.
Role
Reporting to the Senior Manager, the Project Manager’s tasks centre on managing and facilitating the AWC’s project teams as well as supporting the broader initiatives of the board. The Project Manager provides strong leadership to ensure that Council project team processes and activities enable meaningful participation by all stakeholders and allow for diverse perspectives to be understood and addressed. This position provides leadership, direction, and advice from both a process-management and a project-management perspective to ensure progress towards the team’s approved outcomes. The Project Manager consults with stakeholders to identify priorities, understand project-related issues, and work collaboratively with stakeholders to reach innovative solutions through consensus-based decision making. The Project Manager is expected to have strong team leadership, facilitation, and project management skills to support the teams as they achieve their goals and ensure reports and recommendations are focused on the issues at hand. A strong understanding of Council business and the relationships between project teams will help the Project Manager strategically advance the goals of the Council and its project teams. Some administrative work and other tasks are required.
Challenges in this position include soliciting meaningful participation from all team members, keeping the team on task, synthesizing individual responses into a collective team response, shifting conversations away from unproductive tangents and gaining support for the team’s final products. Strong organizational skills are required to ensure that project teams have the appropriate technical and administrative supports required to meet their goals and objectives. Project Managers will need to coordinate both internal and external resources to provide the necessary team support. This may include soliciting communications expertise to prepare communication plans, managing consultant contracts to meet team information and research needs, facilitating cross-team information exchange, and making linkages with senior government officials. Project Managers will also take the lead on designing meeting agendas and discussion formats to ensure the objectives of meetings are met within the assigned time frame.

Knowledge and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:
• Post-secondary education in a related field combined with two years’ experience as a coordinator/facilitator preferably in the fields of environment and/or management.
• Good understanding of environmental issues, stakeholder groups, industries and individuals within the water sector in Alberta.
• Well-developed knowledge of project management techniques to monitor and assist teams in moving towards outcomes in a way that increases stakeholder satisfaction with the process.
• Well-developed knowledge of principles and processes for dispute resolution, consensus building and decision-making in order to provide process advice to project teams.
• Good understanding of government, industry, and non-government organizations’ operations to help bring a realistic perspective to team work plans.
• Understanding of the techniques to improve communication and foster relationships in order to increase the efficiency of team work.
• In-depth understanding of the skills, language and model of conversation for negotiation and mediation to improve the likelihood of success in reaching consensus.
• Knowledge of Council strategic plans and priorities.
• Strong mediation/facilitation skills and the ability to work with various parties understanding the influences on their behaviour and attitudes.
• Ability to manage complex group and personal dynamics to ensure efficient, open, comfortable discussion and sharing of interests between stakeholders.
• Capable of working independently with little direct supervision.
• Capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
• Proficient in the Microsoft Office computer suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively with specialists and non-specialists, including members of the public.
• Strong time management to be effective in balancing multiple demands.
Please submit resumes with a cover letter to Andre Asselin, Senior Manager
a.asselin@awchome.ca

For full job description and application instructions, please see the AWC website: http://www.awchome.ca/Careers/tabid/87/Default.aspx
Visit our homepage for more information about the AWC: www.awchome.ca
The AWC thanks all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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