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Position Title: Program Manager
Organization: The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA)
Location: Montréal, Quebec

Reporting to: Director of CICADA
Hours: 33.75 hrs./week
Salary Range: $50,300 - $62,900
Duration: 1 year, with potential for annual renewal up to 5 additional years, conditional on strong performance
Start Date: start date flexible, between April 1 and June 1, 2018

Position Context

The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) is a multidisciplinary research centre that supports indigenous peoples’ collective life projects to generate innovative regimes of environmental protection and alternative visions of development. The Program Manager will oversee the centre’s activities and communications strategy. The centre brings together the projects and programs of more than seventy regular members and collaborators undertaking partnered research with indigenous peoples globally, including the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitates the centre’s research with indigenous partners, and on national and international law and policy reform related to conservation initiatives and protected areas that prioritize indigenous lifeways, livelihoods and knowledge
  2. Oversees administrative processes such as payroll, purchasing, invoicing, student grants and awards payments, postdoc appointments, expense reports and travel arrangements for Centre members and partners
  3. Networks, facilitates engagements and builds and nurtures relationships with other organisations, community groups, indigenous communities and organisations, educational institutions, researchers, technical experts, affiliated students and activists
  4. Develops, implements and oversees specific awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns that may target governments, industries, institutions, national and international organisations and other stakeholders, pertaining to CICADA themes
  5. Keeps abreast of pertinent issues and situations that our indigenous partner organizations confront, and oversees response to urgent matters as they may arise
  6. Researches and pursues new funding opportunities, and builds relationships with existing and potential funders and supports institutions and foundations
  7. Engages with government bodies and multi-stakeholder initiatives toward progressive change and policy reform
  8. Oversees the public relations and communications initiatives of the centre, nurturing relationships with the centre's various stakeholders, including academic members, indigenous partner organizations, students, funders/donors, media outlets, other organizations and the general public
  9. Coordinates partner meetings and conferences
  10. Maintains channels of communication with researchers and indigenous partner organizations and respond to information requests from within and outside the organization
  11. Responds to media requests and proactively engages with conventional, independent and social media
  12. Monitors publications in the media, pertinent list-serves and tracks developments in research projects in order to compile relevant information for website updates, e-mail bulletins and periodic newsletters
  13. Creates new content for the centre’s website to reflect its ongoing activities and developments with indigenous partner organizations as they arise. Writes content for newsletter to be distributed in print and electronic format, offering updates on the activities of the centre, pertinent developments in issues confronting our partner organizations and other issues of concern to the centre
  14. Oversees e-mail listserv, drafting and sending periodic updates on the centre's activities, including developments with research projects and partner organisations


A graduate degree in anthropology, international development, indigenous studies, environmental studies or related area is preferred, with at least three years’ related experience. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in one of these areas and exceptional depth of experience and accomplishment may also be considered.

Other Qualifications and Skills:

Experience working with indigenous communities and organizations. Experience with campaign organization, chairing meetings, giving public presentations and facilitating group discussions and collaborations. Strong understanding of the complexities and issues related to conservation and alternative development initiatives. Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent communication skills. Ability to work independently and in a team. Strong attention to detail and being able to handle multiple deadlines and deliver result in a timely fashion. Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point). High proficiency in written and spoken French, English and Spanish essential.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and your curriculum vitae by email to Dr. Colin Scott, Director, CICADA, at and cc'd to with the subject line 'CICADA posting -- reference number MT0420' by January 25, 2018. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

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GoodWork ID: 43321       Date posted to Dec 13 2017