Project Manager - Historical Research

Know HistoryFull TimeCalgary, AB

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Know History is looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented Project Manager to lead research projects and deliver top-quality products on budget and on time to our clients. You will bring your expertise in Indigenous and Canadian history, archival collections and repositories across the country, and historical research methodologies to research and write analytical reports related to Indigenous history topics. As a Project Manager you’ll also work closely with our Leadership team to design research plans, lead teams of anywhere from 2-10 historical researchers and writers on projects, provide feedback and mentor junior staff, and produce a variety of project deliverables.

The successful candidate is able to interpret and present research. You are a meticulous researcher who is deadline driven, able to manage competing priorities, can work both independently and collaboratively, and are passionate about Indigenous history and issues.

This is a full-time position with options for flexible hours and the option to work in either our Calgary or Ottawa office. We also offer comprehensive health and dental benefits, ample paid time off, and state-of-the-art equipment, resources, and facilities to make it easier for team members to pursue their passion.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Lead research projects related to Canadian, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit history.
  • Engage and liase with clients on project progress throughout project lifecycle.
  • Execute projects per the project plans, but with a flexible and adaptable approach to managing change, with the goal of ensuring exceptional project deliverables.
  • Identify relevant archival collections, files, and other sources relating to a variety of subjects
  • Advise on archival and historical research methodologies to design comprehensive research plans and workflows that foresee potential changes and ensure the overall success of projects.
  • Provide Lead Research Director with regular updates on project deadlines, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Mentor junior staff on approach to research process and writing.
  • Lead small and medium teams of various experience levels and conduct regular performance evaluations.
  • Lead team meetings and actively participate in meetings led by other team members.
  • Assist with community outreach and engagement, and develop positive relationships with a variety of clients, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and representatives.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years experience leading large scale research and data-driven projects, and managing budgets and competing deadlines.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a professional historical researcher, including but not limited to legal and archival research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous and Canadian history, government, and legal issues.
  • Experience building collaborative, respectful relationships with First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit communities, as well as Federal or Provincial/Territorial government organizations and representatives.
  • Strong written communication skills, particularly in plain language, are essential.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
  • A degree in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies or History is preferred but a combination of relevant education and professional experience may be considered.
  • English is the working language, however ability to speak an Indigenous language or French is an asset.

Additional Position Details

  • Hours: Full-time
  • Compensation: Salary dependent on experience, with paid vacation, paid sick leave, and health and dental benefits
  • Travel required: Occasionally
  • Location: Calgary or Ottawa

How to Apply

If this sounds like you, then please submit your resume by November 1st. If you have any questions or require accessibility or cultural accommodations, at any point in the application process, send us an email and we’ll work with you to make sure your needs are met. 

About Know History

Come join our growing team! Established in 2011, Know History has quickly gained a reputation for professionalism, innovation, and exceptional customer service. We provide historical services – which means that we help individuals and organizations capture many of the unique stories that make up our past, inform our present, and inspire the future.

Many of our services are designed to benefit Indigenous Peoples and communities by acknowledging the vitality of oral history, the authority of Traditional Knowledge, the power of cultural resources, the importance of self-government, and the contextualization of colonial sources. With offices in Ottawa and Calgary, and team members located throughout the country, we have had the privilege of working alongside Indigenous Nations, all levels of government, communities, museums, filmmakers, policymakers, and individuals.

Know History is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We know that, in order to understand our collective history, we need to prioritize Indigenous and diverse voices across all aspects of our organization. We strongly encourage candidates to apply and self-identify if they are Indigenous, members of racialized communities and visible minorities, people with disabilities, and people of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. If you have any questions or require accessibility or cultural accommodations, at any point in the application process, send us an email and we’ll work with you to make sure your needs are met.