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Alberta Climate Dialogue hiring a Project Manager

I just heard from NCDD member David Kahane today that the groundbreaking Alberta Climate Dialogue project is looking to hire a Project Manager to be based in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).

They will begin considering applications on August 27, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. The Project Manager will support the activities of a new and innovative project—the Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) —in the areas of financial and budget management, organizational and event planning, research coordination, fund development, and communication and outreach. Download the full position description here: ABCD-ProjectMgrDescription.

ABCD is working with municipalities across Alberta and partners at the provincial level to engage citizens in climate change policy and planning, using tools of deliberative democracy. The ABCD project is premised on the conviction that well-designed citizen deliberations can play a pivotal role in transforming the politics of climate change in Alberta. Citizens taking part in ABCD-partnered deliberations will become informed, hear each other’s perspectives, work through tough decisions with each other and their elected officials, and to use democratic processes to figure out how to solve the problems that face us. Provincial and municipal elected officials and municipal administrators will learn which tough choices and policy directions the public is willing to support, build public ownership for action, and uncover new solutions for complex problems.

The Project Manager will work closely with interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to support this community-university research initiative (with current funding of $990K from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, with over $3 million in matching cash and in-kind funding from partners). The project team includes leaders from Alberta cities, industries, and environmental NGOs and provincial ministries; Canadian and international organizations expert in convening citizens to solve tough problems; and researchers from twenty universities in Canada, the US, and Australia. Generally, this person will be responsible for the smooth operation of ABCD.

ABCD is based at the University of Alberta, to be developed and implemented with community, researcher, practitioner, and municipal partners. See www.albertaclimatedialogue.ca for more information on the project.

The Project Manager position is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We envision hiring full time, but could consider proposals to hold the post at .75 time or above.

The position will begin as soon as possible, and will last for ten months, with renewal (for as many as four further years) contingent on performance and on the success of project fundraising in which the Project Manager will be involved.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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