Research Chair - Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Management

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Aurora College
Job ID: 19368
Salary: $111,443 - $133,146
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Nov 30, 2020

Department Information

Aurora College's mission is to demonstrate leadership in the delivery of relevant and meaningful education and research rooted in strong connections to Northern land, tradition, community and people.

Job Information

The Research Chair is located in Fort Smith, NT and one of 13 positions reporting to the Vice President Research. The main responsibilities of this position are building an applied research program, and conducting research activities at Aurora College. The Research Chair is responsible for securing funding for research program development. The incumbent is expected to take a lead role in the development of a research program that addresses regional priorities and aligns with Aurora College's strategic goals.

The critical skills, knowledge and abilities required are combined successfully in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of multi-disciplinary research methodologies and their application in a northern context.
  • Experience partnering with Indigenous communities and governments on research activities.
  • Knowledge of federal and territorial research funding programs and corresponding departments.
  • Experience in developing research programs and designing and carrying out complex research projects in an academic environment.
  • Experience in developing and sustaining research partnerships, including partnerships with Indigenous communities and governments, private sector, and other government bodies.
  • Experience creating student research projects, and supervising and mentoring students.
  • Experience creating budges and managing finances.
  • Demonstrated ability in building teams, strategic planning and setting and achieving goals.

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically attained by:

  • PhD in completed relevant field.
  • 5 years experience in research project management
  • 5 years progressive experience in management/supervision of staff.
  • 5 years experience implementing research programs in remote locations.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 874-5085
Fax (867) 874-5095

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.



The incumbent in this position will be required to travel 2 to 4 times per year to meet with partners and can occur at any time throughout the year. Travel may be required by charter aircraft, boat and or snowmobile to smaller communities.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID: 19368        

Closing Date: November 30, 2020- 23:59, Mountain Time


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $57.15 per hour (approximately $111,443 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,406.