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Position: Program Manager

Interested in pursuing a career in science policy? If you are seeking an exciting career opportunity, and can bring a positive attitude to our team, then wait no longer!

The Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) is seeking a dynamic and ambitious Program Manager who can manage and coordinate existing programs and develop new programs.

About Us

The Canadian Science Policy Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-advocate organization established in 2009. You can find CSPC’s five-year strategic plan here.

MISSION: CSPC’s mission is to operate as an inclusive hub for connectivity, convening, capacity building, and catalyzing research in support of an effective science and innovation policy community

VISION: CSPC’s guiding vision is a strong, inclusive, and effective science and innovation policy community that contributes to the well-being of Canadians.

About the Position

This position, reporting to the CEO, is a full-time opportunity as the CSPC’s Program Manager to develop and manage new and existing programs to support the organization’s strategic direction, including current programs such as: the annual conference, events and workshops, Science Meets Parliament program, and others. The Program Manager will develop budgets and operating plans for programs, write program funding proposals, prepare reports to CSPC’s funders as well as oversee the deliverables from the portfolio of CSPC programs. A key element of this position is managing centre’s overall programs. This position involves remote working.

This position will be responsible to:

  • Strategize, implement, and maintain new and existing programs of CSPC, in all four pillars of CSPC: Convening, Connecting, Capacity Building and Catalyzing Research.
  • Manage and oversee the various programs and operations of the Centre and track performance and analyze deliverables against requirements. These include the annual and regional conferences, virtual events, workshops, Science Meets Parliament and other programs.
  • Support the CEO in the development of new programs, strategic plans and other operations.
  • Develop program assessment protocols for evaluation and identify areas for improvement.
  • Support the CEO in managing communications and relationships with the CSPC Program Members and Partners and other stakeholders in academia, private and non-profit sector, and various levels of governments.
  • Develop strategies for new Program Member and Partner recruitments.
  • Oversee (Supervise) the CSPC volunteer committee operations and ensure the committee’s deliverables.
  • Maintain organizational standards of satisfaction, quality, and performance.
  • Manage budget and funding channels for maximum productivity.
  • Carry out analyses and research projects under the direction of the CEO and preparation of relevant background material.
  • Draft and edit CSPC documents, letters, grant proposals, reports, other documents, and preparation of relevant background material.
  • Analyze program risks.

Requirements / Qualifications


  • Proficiency in Project Management
  • Minimum 7 years of proven experience in project and/or program management
  • Experience working in the science and innovation ecosystem
  • Experience in the development of new programs and risk management
  • Experience building and maintaining stakeholder relationships
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Previous working experience in non-profit, associations, or universities is an asset
  • Experience in writing proposals and grants


  • Excellent Knowledge of Canada’s science and innovation policy landscape
  • Exceptional project management, organizational and time management skills; the ability to prioritize work and multi-task
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Budgeting and financial knowledge
  • Creativity and adaptability when identifying solutions
  • Flexible and adaptive to a frequently changing environment with the ability to implement procedures in that evolving environment
  • A self-starter; works well independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to communicate and operate within a team while working remotely
  • Excellent proficiency in Google Drive, Zoom, and Microsoft applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Outstanding command of written English and excellent verbal communication; French language communication is a significant asset


  • Minimum Master’s degree from an accredited university, Ph.D. Preferred 
  • MBA or PMP is an asset

Employment Salary and Conditions

  • Full-time
  • Depending on experience $90,000-$97,000
  • Remote working environment, but residing in the National Capital Region, (Ottawa) is an asset


Fill out the application and submit a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest for the position.

The deadline to apply is December 14th, 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We will contact you with the next steps if you are selected for an interview.

Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

CSPC invites applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to employment equity and building a diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society and especially welcome applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas. If you require any accommodation to participate in any aspect of the hiring process, please contact us at info@sciencepolicy.ca .  

We thank everyone for their expression of interest and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying. However, with the limitations on time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.