Operations Lead

Posted Date: Jun 9, 2022
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2022

Working in the ABMI’s Operations Centre, the Operations Lead is responsible for managing the delivery of ABMI’s initiatives, including annual work plans, projects, operational activities, and partnership-building. This position will also undertake project management activities of specific initiatives within the ABMI. 

Status: Open

Competition No: S104848034
Position: Operations Lead
Department: SCIABBiodiversityMonitoringlst
Faculty: Science
Position Type: Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range: $ 62,321 to $85,429 per year
Grade: 09
Hours: 40

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has a term length of 1 year plus 1 day with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page.


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

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.

Position Summary

Working in the ABMI’s Operations Centre, the Operations Lead is primarily responsible for managing the delivery of ABMI’s initiatives, including annual work plans, projects, operational activities, and partnership-building. This position will also undertake project management activities of specific initiatives within the ABMI. 


The Operations Lead is responsible for managing several diverse operational activities for the ABMI. The responsibilities of the Operations Lead include:

Manages and Implements ABMI Work Planning

  • Compiles, integrates, and manages annual work planning for the ABMI
    • Supports the annual creation of workplans with input from the Executive Office and Centre Directors.
    • Contributes expertise to the development of plans, objectives, solutions, policies and procedures.
    • Synthesizes complex information gathered from a variety of internal and external sources. Completes environment scanning and assesses opportunities and risks. Tracks key analytics and develops reports to support decision making.
  • Facilitates monthly ABMI Operations meetings.
    • Circulates meeting agendas and minutes, as well as provides reminders for action items.
    • Maintains an archive of operational documents
  • Monitors and reports on progress against annual commitments
  • Fosters and maintains ongoing relationships with funders
  • Presents work plan and project-based operational matters to the ABMI management team
  • Clearly communicates strategic objectives and works with staff from across the ABMI to define action plans

Project Management and Operational Activities

  • Leads cross-centre teams to deliver on planned work; identifies and resolves barriers to delivering on commitments
  • Identifies operational challenges. Uses continuous improvement methodology to manage work and streamline processes. Evaluates current business processes for efficiencies and recommends changes
  • Manages a portfolio of projects with varying timelines, topics, and size
  • Establishes project management processes and documentation for the ABMI
  • Develops and implements operational policies and procedures that promote internal efficiency and optimal performance
  • Fosters and maintains active working relationships with all other ABMI centres
  • Sets up appropriate safety training, and adherence to all UofA health and safety policies and protocols.

Supports Knowledge Translation and Partnership-Building

  • Works across sectors and the scientific community to understand the knowledge needs of Alberta’s natural resource sectors
  • Fosters cooperation, collaboration, and communication to create consensus and accomplish objectives
  • Provides feedback to various funders and partners on the status of ABMI initiatives and projects
  • Builds and maintains working relationships with key ABMI partners and collaborators
  • Communicates monitoring outcomes in written and oral form to non-technical and technical audiences
  • Provides operational summaries of ABMI’s activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc in ecology or related discipline
  • Greater than five years experience working in the field of ecology or resource management with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Greater than two years experience with project management 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with management teams
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience successfully working with academics, industry, Indigenous community, and government stakeholders
  • Experience developing and implementing ecological monitoring or research programs
  • Experience applying ecological monitoring or research knowledge to environmental management systems
  • Formal training in project management is an asset

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

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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