Civic Lab Manager needed at Lambton College Sarnia, Ontario, Canada – Click to apply mow

Apr 24
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Located on the beautiful homeland that is the traditional territory of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Odawa First Nations, for over 50 years, Lambton College has been a ground-breaking institution. Lambton College is a national leader in applied research, teaching methodologies, experiential learning opportunities and future-facing educational innovations. With 13,000+ students from 20 countries around the world, two main campuses in Sarnia, Ontario, and a growing roster of more than 90 diploma, certificate and degree programs, Lambton College offers students flexible learning options with a broad range of programs and courses that incorporate elements of classroom, mobile, hybrid and accelerated educational alternatives.

Lambton College currently ranks third overall in Canada, and second overall in Ontario for Research in addition to maintaining a ranking within the top 4 Colleges for Research in Canada for seven straight years.

At Lambton College, we're proud of where we have been, but more importantly, where we are going, together. With Caring and Vitality as two of our core values at Lambton College, you know you'll be joining a team of passionate and fun colleagues.

About The Position
This is a temporary full-time Administrative level role reporting to the Associate Director, Development and Strategic Initiatives. It will be a 12 month contract.

Civic Lab is a platform to connect the expertise and infrastructure of the College to support community-based collaborative projects that have social, health, environmental, and economic impact in the community and beyond.

The Manager is the primary orchestrator of the community-based collaborative research initiatives. The role supports the development of innovative projects and acts as the lead researcher for many of the
projects. Other responsibilities include developing funding applications, mentoring new researchers, overseeing the operation of the lab, and coordinating outreach and reporting activities. Beyond program management, there is a commitment to stakeholder education, training, and support, with active involvement in coordinating special events that align with the overarching goals of the project.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Develops strategic partnerships by proactively identifying, engaging, and managing relationships with both prospective and established partners to drive the creation
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and execution of collaborative initiatives

  • Spearheads the development and execution of community-based research projects
  • Acts as Principal Investigator, ensuring the implementation of appropriate research

methodologies and driving insightful outcomes and tangible impact for the partner

  • Strategically identifies and evaluates diverse funding opportunities, developing funding applications that effectively communicate the project's objectives and goals
  • Oversees business model and cash-flow projections, budget reports, and financial viability, including stakeholder recruitment
  • Oversees lead researchers and is responsible for the execution of projects within required parameters
  • Actively facilitates the discovery and onboarding of emerging researchers both within
    the College and externally, fostering their integration into Civic Lab projects. 
  • Offers mentorship and guidance, cultivating their growth and proficiency in research
  • Promotes Civic Lab platform through outreach activities to enhance visibility and
    support for Civic Lab initiatives


  • Minimum 3 year diploma or degree in arts, science or business
  • Minimum of 3 years working experience conducting collaborative community-based research and project management of subject area environments
  • Experience being a part of or leading substantial quality overhaul initiatives in an organization with a major focus on legislative alignment and accountability
  • Experience coaching leadership

Lambton College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the interview coordinator of accommodation measures you may require during our selection process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest and wish to advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Lambton College is an equal opportunity employer seeking to live its values in all we do. We are committed to taking proactive steps to provide and create opportunities for historically marginalized groups. We seek applicants who will strengthen our commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion. We strongly encourage the following qualified candidates: women, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ to consider working with and for Lambton College.

We recognize that structural barriers shape experiences and job qualifications, and therefore we seek to use employment equity to differentiate between candidates who meet the required qualifications; and encourage people to apply even if they feel that the position would be a stretch.

Employee Perks

Lambton College provides a wide range of exciting opportunities for both unionized and non-unionized positions with competitive total compensation packages, wages and benefits.

Investing In Our People

Lambton College is committed to the personal and professional growth of all our employees. Employees of Lambton College are incredibly valued and part of a transformative adventure. They enjoy an engaging and vibrant culture where they are encouraged to realize their full potential via development opportunities and accessible, supportive employee wellness initiatives.

Investing in our People

Lifetime Retirement Pension – Defined Benefit Pension Plan

Our employee benefit package includes a defined benefit pension to help you create a secure future. The CAAT Pension Plan provides you with a predictable lifetime retirement income, survivor benefits, early retirement options, and more without the stress of making investment decisions. CAAT makes it easy for you to build stable, secure retirement income while you work.

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