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A nimble team—with nationwide influence

Don’t be fooled by our modest size—the Federation team of professionals wields considerable influence across Canada and on Parliament Hill.

To further the multi-faceted Federation cause, our cohesive group administers a wide range of programs and services, balanced with the hosting of high-profile events such as our annual Congress and lecture series on Parliament Hill.

If you have the aptitude to join such a team, return frequently to this page for details on the latest full-time, part-time and contract opportunities with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as co-op and paid internship positions.


Program Officer

We have an immediate opening for an enthusiastic, member-focussed and creative individual to fill a full-time permanent position as a Program Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This position reports to the Director, Member Engagement and Communications. 

If you are a results-driven team player who can blend strategy and events programming, you will thrive in our collaborative environment, where we enjoy our work while achieving a lot for our members. In this role, you lead programming initiatives (including Indigenous and Equity, diversity and inclusion programming), all in keeping with the Federation’s strategic objectives. You research and propose programming that aligns with key member needs and our organizational priorities while also managing two of the Federation’s Congress funding programs.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

Summary

Reporting to the Director, Member Engagement and Communications, and working closely with the Policy Analyst, and other colleagues from the Communications, Membership, and Events teams, the Program Officer undertakes activities to support the Federation’s policy and program objectives, including Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

This position requires working with both members and external stakeholders at various levels to bring leadership to various priority issues and programs of the Federation. This includes showcasing the contribution of the humanities and social sciences and advancing Indigenous perspectives on and in academia.

The Program Officer actively monitors work undertaken by members and diverse governmental and non-governmental entities in priority Federation issue areas. The role provides leadership in the implementation and development of key program initiatives year-round and during the annual Congress, and is responsible for effective stakeholder engagement and relationship building in assigned priority areas.

The position comes with an annual salary range of $46,000 to $58,000 and great compensation package including health/dental benefits, participation in the employer’s pension plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy. There is also the ability to work in a fun, collegial and supportive work environment, where work-life balance is highly valued!

There will be travel required up to two weeks during the annual Congress event, and potentially overnight stays on a periodic infrequent basis.

What you will do

  • Provides leadership in the implementation and development of key programmatic initiatives to advance Federation objectives, including the Big Thinking speaker series (On the Road, On the Hill) and other Congress-related programming including on reconciliation and other interdisciplinary events.
  • Coordinates special projects to serve and develop the Federation’s policy and program work.
  • Monitors and provides analysis of assigned priority issue areas related to social science and humanities research and postsecondary education at the national and international levels.
  • Drafts articles, blog posts, briefing notes, correspondence and other communication products in priority Federation policy areas.
  • Undertakes member, stakeholder and decision-maker engagement and relationship building as it relates to the Federation’s policy and programming work.
  • Provides support to the Federation’s Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC), including organizing meetings, activities, and helping to inform staff and Board of IAC priorities while ensuring the Indigenous perspective across Federation programs and activities.
  • In collaboration with the Policy Analyst, helps to draft positions and provides advice for senior management and the Board as it relates to the Federation’s program work.
  • Additional duties as required as we work in a collaborative environment with our colleagues.

What you need

  • A graduate degree in the social sciences or humanities.
  • Experience or familiarity with the areas we will focus in such as Indigenous issues, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion especially as it pertains to research, education, policy or society more broadly.  An overall familiarity with core issues facing the social science and humanities disciplines and passion for their value.
  • You will have a minimum of three years of related experience at a professional level in a small to medium-sized organization with multiple stakeholders; ideally within a NGO or non-profit environment or government office.  It will be an asset if you have experience in a membership organization, and understand the role we play to serve our diverse membership.
  • Experience managing and administering programs and activities in accordance with organizational objectives is a competency area that we are looking for.
  • Experience in Parliamentary outreach and engagement is an asset.

What you bring

  • You enjoy using your strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills.  You thrive in an environment where you are able to effectively organize diverse tasks and manage time and resources to achieve multiple objectives, and keep the appropriate people apprised of your progress.
  • You exude excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multi-layered teams and diverse communities both internally and external to the organization.
  • Strong writing skills in a variety of media is critical to this role and you have many examples of how you excelled in former roles.  The ability to function in both of Canada’s official languages is required to work with and serve our stakeholders efficiently.
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset, think proactively, and you’re always willing to roll-up his/her sleeves and make things happen.  You take initiative and ownership of tasks, and are motivated to follow through to completion, and having a close attention to detail is your natural tendency.  That feeling of achieving personal satisfaction from producing high quality results that has a positive impact on a small, ambitious organization is something your former managers or colleagues admire about you. 
  • You have established strong and trusted relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • You have learned how to navigate and understand that people work differently than you and so respect the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment.  You are adaptable to different approaches and flexible to move in new directions as needed.
  • You own personal values align with ours and make it easy for you to make a commitment to Federation values, vision and direction

What success looks like

  • You can learn the role and deliver on existing priorities and deliverables
  • You create strong working relationships with the team at the Federation as well as with Indigenous scholars and community stakeholders
  • Your work showcases a consistent commitment to reconciliation and to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • You understand how programming can support strategic priorities and policy objectives
  • You champion collaborative relationships and seek win-win outcomes for colleagues, members and partners
  • You leverage your networks, available tools and resources, as well as your own knowledge of the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines to seek ideas on key themes and individuals of interest from a programming standpoint

To apply

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit for you.

Please submit your resumé and cover letter, including your salary expectations, to: hr@ideas-idees.ca by June 3, 2019.

This position will remain posted until the position is filled, and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

 


Program Officer, ASPP

Maternity leave contract for 12 months.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year.

We are seeking a Program Officer for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) for a 12-15 month maternity leave contract, who will play a key role in contributing to the success of the organization.

Summary

The Program Officer, ASPP is responsible for coordinating and administering the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Reporting to the Director, Member Engagement and Communications, the Program Officer plans, organizes and delivers engaging activities associated with the program, including the Canada Prizes, and liaises with a broader community of scholarly publishers and authors.

As a member of the Federation team, the Program Officer, ASPP will also provide support to other Federation activities as required and requested by the Director, Member Engagement and Communications.

The position comes with a great compensation package including health/dental benefits, participation in the employer’s pension plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy. There is also the ability to work in a fun, collegial and supportive work environment, where work-life balance is highly valued!

There will be travel required up to two weeks during the annual Congress event.

What you will do

  • Assess eligibility of incoming ASPP applications against established guidelines, communicate with applicants, manage the peer review process, and follow up with publishers and authors 
  • Liaise and consult with scholarly associations and publishers to ensure there is adequate and appropriate involvement with the ASPP, including finding suitable peer reviewers and ensuring there is good representation on ASPP committees
  • Monitor and report on actual and projected application results; prepare and advise on additional statistics as required
  • Under the direction of the Director, Member Engagement and Communications:
    • Coordinate monthly approval process for applications to receive funding
    • Draft, recommend and implement appropriate policies and procedures
    • Liaise with the ASPP’s Academic Council on matters of policy
    • Support the activities of the Academic Council
    • Monitor the results and effectiveness of ASPP activities
  • Coordinate the Canada Prizes, assemble juries, manage the deliberation process, plan the ceremony and contribute to promotional and communication plans
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends and issues to ensure the ASPP and the Canada Prizes remain current and effective
  • Work closely with other functional areas within the Federation as required

What you need

  • As the ideal candidate, you will have at least three years of relevant experience managing a significant grant program
  • You have completed a post-secondary degree, preferably in the humanities and/or social sciences
  • You are technology savvy and have strong computer sills including familiarity with MS Office for a Windows-based environment, word, spreadsheet (excel), database management, and email
  • A continuous improvement mindset and a curiousity of how technology can improve manual processes.  Experience with technology implementations will be an asset
  • Your experience in an academic environment or comparable non-profit organization will serve you well
  • You value work-life balance and a collaborative office culture, and you believe in the importance of universities and the value of the humanities and social sciences

What you bring

  • A passion, understanding and enthusiasm for the importance of scholarly books
  • You thrive in an environment where details and organizational skills are engrained in everything you do all day.  In your current or prior role(s), you are praised for your ability to do things right, and on time – all the time. 
  • Your communication and presentation skills and your ability to have a confident presence in front of our members, award presenters and award finalists will be important. English writing and editing skills and a fluency in French (written and oral) is a definite mandatory requirement to be able to support our member’s needs. 
  • You love to tackle projects in a proactive manner, and have a strong sense of time sensitive deadlines, so you’re able to easily and effectively multitask to prioritize the program requirements.
  • You can work independently and love focusing on the organization, administration, planning and follow-up aspect of your role.
  • You exude tact and diplomacy in dealing with staff, publishers, authors and other members of the scholarly community.
  • You are adaptable to change and flexible to move in new directions as needed.

What success looks like

  • You can learn the role and deliver on existing priorities and deliverables
  • You create strong working relationships with the team at the Federation as well as publishers, authors and other members of the scholarly community
  • You lead the way in transitioning and transforming the ASPP from a paper-based application system to a completely digital process, via the implementation of new software
  • You champion the integrity of the ASPP by monitoring and reporting on the applicant success rates, and by ensuring that the distribution of the grants is equitable.

To Apply

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you! Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit for you.

Please submit your cover letter including salary expectations and résumé to: hr@ideas-idees.ca by June 3, 2019.

This position will remain posted until the position is filled, and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.