Amended Manager, Western Arctic Research Centre

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Closing date: Sep 25, 2017

Location: Inuvik

Department: Aurora College

Job Code: 14707

Salary: $100,016 - $119,418

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

Aurora College is focused on student success and is committed to supporting the development of our Northern society through excellence in education, training and research that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the people we serve.

Job Information


The Manager, Western Arctic Research Centre, is one of the eight positions reporting to the Vice President Research, and is responsible for an annual budget of $700, 000 with signing authority of $25,000.  The incumbent is responsible for managing the Western Arctic Research Centre (WARC) in the delivery of logistics support for scientists working in the region, as well as developing and monitoring regional research projects, outreach, and educational/training opportunities.

The WARC facility provides support for over 100 field research programs each year, and is a regional hub of scientific activity in the western arctic.  The active research community that operates from WARC requires the Manager to work and collaborate with a diverse group of scientists and researchers from NWT communities, universities, government departments, industry and international organizations.  Therefore, the incumbent must not only be an effective manager but must also have a breadth and depth of scientific experience sufficient to collaborate on research projects in many different disciplines.  The Manager must also have experience in field logistics and safety, with proven experience in mobilizing experiments and field studies in remote northern locations.

The Manager is also responsible for securing additional funding, supervising the WARC staff in the provision of logistical support to research programs, and maintaining a library of information for researchers, college staff, students and the public.  The incumbent must perform budgetary functions for the benefit of the Centre, as well as producing a variety of written reports and proposals.  The incumbent is expected to take a lead role in the development and coordination of regional research programs that address regional priorities.  The pool of potential research partners is divers and includes research scientists, technicians, federal and territorial government employees, Indigenous organizations, industry, no,-profit groups and community organizations.


  • Strong knowledge and academic background in natural, physical and environmental science.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Extensive knowledge of research design, research methods and statistical analysis is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in designing, implementing and managing research programs/projects in both laboratory and remote field settings.
  • Knowledge and experience in research project assessment, evaluation and analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing research programs in remote field settings.
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of working in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Ability to review and objectively assess research projects run by visiting and local researchers.
  • Experience in budgeting, accounting and financial management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, management skills and practices.
  • Planning and problem-solving skills in order to prioritize a number of competing operational requirements.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to plan and facilitate meetings.
  • Advanced computer and computer system skills, with extensive experience in work processing, spreadsheet graphics, statistical and database programs in order to produce reports and analyze data.
  • Leadership, management, organizational and team building skills.
  • Self-motivated, independent and innovative.
  • Able to take on new challenges and situations.

Typically, the above would be attained by:

  • Completion of a PhD in Natural, Physical or Environmental Science
  • Three years’ experience in research project management
  • Three to five years’ experience in management/supervision of staff
  • Three to five years’ experience implementing research programs in remote field conditions.

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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14707       

Closing Date: September 25, 2017- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
66 Franklin Manor
Box 1869
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $51.29 per hour (approximately $100,001.50. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.