Project Manager - Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) - Aquatic Epidemiology - Health Management, AVC

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015
Date of Posting: 
September 3, 2015
Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College
Project Manager - Canada Excellence Research Chair - Aquatic Epidemiology - Health Management
Full Time Term Position
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

Commensurate with education and experience

September 2015 to March 31, 2016 (possible extension to 2018 based upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding)

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites applications for the position of Project Manager to provide support to the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Aquatic Epidemiology. The goal of the CERC program is to make UPEI and Canada the global leader in applied aquatic epidemiology research. The CERC research team includes AVC faculty members, research scientists, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.


The successful candidate will provide project management support including budgetary, administrative and technical reporting requirements, and assist the CERC in strategic planning activities and delivery of research and outreach programs.
The successful candidate will be responsible to:
• Represent CERC as the initial contact point for outside persons and organizations including members of the CERC strategic advisory board
• Provide primary project support for CERC team members
• Maintain project budgets and accounts for CERC grants and projects as they arise, including preparation of annual budget, quarterly budget updates/projections, itemized statements of spending for CERC team members, and review of monthly credit card and expenditure reports to reconcile with hard-copy requisitions and purchase orders;
• Manage the contract approval process from initiation to contract execution for members of the CERC group, liaising with UPEI’s administrative officials, industry and academic collaborators, and funding partners;
• Track all contractual and personnel management deadlines and advise Principal Investigators of upcoming deadlines and arising issues;
• Working with the CERC team members, compile and draft various scientific reports and information for review and submit approved reports;
• Track contract progress and budgets with respect to project timelines and deliverables and prepare appropriate communications;
• Work with UPEI’s Research Accounting Office to track ongoing grants and secured contributions from external funders, and flag any concerns to Principal Investigators;
• Ensure expenses are recorded accurately and in a timely fashion;
• Manage CERC human resource requirements such as assisting with the  recruitment process, liaising with appropriate resources for personnel issues;
• Assist CERC team members to organize and execute CERC research and outreach activities;
• Assist CERC team members to develop strategic priorities and implement these priorities, and their subsequent milestones and deliverables


Candidates should hold a degree in business administration (BBA or MBA), and/or Project Management Institute certification, and have relevant years of experience in a project management role. Familiarity with University accounting processes and website development and maintenance is desirable.

The ideal candidate’s previous work experience will demonstrate:
• Excellent written, verbal and  inter-personal communication skills;
• Capacity to manage schedules, budgets, procurement, bookkeeping, planning and reporting of complex projects;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Excellent time management skills; experience with coordinating projects; e.g., tracking schedules and milestones, keeping accurate records, and reporting results;
• Experience with budgets and book-keeping;
• Demonstrated computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets applications, charts/graphs, basic web site maintenance, financial or budgeting programs;
• Experience in collaborative scientific environments.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

M. VanGaal

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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