New Water Security CREATE Program Invites Applications for Coordinator Post

The University of Saskatchewan, with funding from NSERC and in collaboration with University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, McMaster University and University of Waterloo, is seeking a Program Coordinator for its newly established NSERC CREATE program in Water Security. The NSERC CREATE program in Water Security is a national water resources graduate training program housed in the Department of Geography and Planning, in coordination with the Centre for Hydrology and Global Institute for Water Security. The NSERC CREATE program in Water Security will play a key role in transitioning graduate students from academic to professional environments through internships, lab exchanges and specialized university-level professional training courses. Reporting directly to the Program Director, the Program Coordinator will organize student-learning opportunities and support the flow of information between and among the program’s students, faculty and practitioner partners. The Program Coordinator will be people-oriented and will have the ability to manage multiple priorities promptly, efficiently and professionally, while ensuring deadlines are met within a demanding and fast-paced environment.

Position Details
Position: Half time (20 hrs/wk) – Grant funded
Term: Up to 6 years, renewed annually based on performance
Salary: $26,000 – $30,000 /yr
Start date: 15 July 2015
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed starting 19 June 2015


  • Provides ongoing support to the Program Director including scheduling and advertising courses, workshops and lecture series
  • Schedules and organizes program committee meetings; prepares materials and agendas, takes minutes and follows up on action items
  • Acts as the first point of contact and provides information to prospective and active students regarding general inquiries and concerns; tracks students’ progress and reviews student’s meeting of certificate program requirements
  • Liaises with practitioner (industry and government) partners and participating universities
  • Composes and reviews business documents such as e-mails, reports, presentations, and other correspondence and marketing resources
  • Makes arrangements for the annual workshop
  • Assists with monitoring financial activities and ensures compliance with sponsor conditions
  • Develops, renews and maintains promotional material
  • Works with Global Institute for Water Security staff to maintain the program website via advising the web designer of any needed changes
  • Maintains databases that track: i) students registered in the program; ii) student progress and funding sources; and iii) program evaluation metrics.
  • Drafts annual program progress reports for the funding agency under the guidance of the Program Director


  • Enjoys working and interacting with people and supporting their professional development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organization skills, and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Superior computer skills (word processing, database management)
  • Excellent initiative, resourcefulness, willingness to accept responsibility, and self-motivated
  • Experience working in educational or research environments greatly preferred
  • Working knowledge in social media communication, concepts and platforms preferred
  • Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental studies, ecology or related field), and a post-secondary business or office administration diploma preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your résumé, cover letter and names of three references (as a PDF document) to Dr. Cherie Westbrook.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.