Dalhousie University’s Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is one of the world’s most significant ocean science research and training collaborations with partnerships extending globally, across many sectors such as university, government, research institutes, industry, NGO, and philanthropic. OFI administers several ocean research and training programs, including the Canada First Research Excellence Fund program, Transforming Climate Action: Addressing the Missing Ocean (TCA), a partnership between Dalhousie University, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université Laval, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. For more information about OFI and the Transforming Climate Action program, visit transformclimateaction.ca and ofi.ca.

Job Summary

Reporting to the TCA Associate Scientific Director, the Research Programs Manager will manage the development, implementation, operationalization, promotion, ongoing assessment, and reporting on research programs within the Transforming Climate Action initiative, such as Large Research Projects, Opportunities Fund, Seed Fund, and Indigenous-led Research projects, and other programs or projects as needed.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the administration of TCA research programs across the 4 partner institutions, including the application, communication, review, and award processes, employing applicable governance procedures.
Develop research programs’ Terms of Reference, considering EDIA requirements and potential for collaborations with Indigenous communities; and regularly review Terms of Reference and procedures and develop and implement program and process improvements as necessary.
Work closely with the TCA Indigenous Research Advisor to launch an Indigenous-led research program, and to ensure appropriate opportunities for Indigenous community participation in all other TCA research programs.
Promote networking opportunities and build and foster partnerships and collaborations, including through the organization of events such as seminars, workshops, joint symposia, and conferences that inform the scientific community.
Liaise with researchers to develop public release strategies for research milestones and to identify policy and commercialization opportunities for research outcomes, in partnership with TCA staff (e.g., publications, media releases, IP discussions, commercialization potential, policy opportunities).
Support the work of the TCA Research Advisory Committee, and report regularly to TCA governance bodies regarding TCA research programs’ progress.


A cover letter is requested as part of the application materials. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how they meet the selection criteria (including any experience in Indigenous community engagement) and/or any equivalent professional experience, education, and/or lived experience that may be applicable to the role.

Occasional travel within Eastern Canada with infrequent travel internationally will be required.

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in a relevant subject area, with a minimum of 5 years of experience working within a university research environment. Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to engage in respectful conversation. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities.
A similar combination of education, professional and/or lived experience, and expertise may be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Experience in Indigenous community engagement including an understanding of relevant protocols, principles, and practices for respectful engagement.
An understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, particularly regarding the relationship between the ocean, climate, and communities.
Experience leading and administering research programs.
Bilingualism in English and French and Indigenous languages within Eastern Canada.
Master’s degree in ocean studies or PhD in relevant subject area.
Project management experience

Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.
Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

In keeping with the principles of employment equity and the nature of this position, this position is designated to candidates who self-identify as belonging to one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq) persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and/or other members of racialized groups. In order to be considered, applicants must self-identify in their application materials as belonging to one or more of the equity-deserving groups above. Applicants should note that additional materials may be requested through the process. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity


$56,685 - $75,834 per annum (35 hours per week)