Project Manager: Women Transforming Cities


 Project Title:

“Action on systemic barriers to women’s participation in local government”


Work Location

Vancouver, BC and Surrey BC

Project Start and End Dates

15 March 2017 – 14 March 2020

General Description

A Project Manager to work with and report to a S

eering Committee of Women Transforming Cities International Society (WTC) in partnership with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), and in collaboration with the Cities of Vancouver and Surrey, BC. This is a three year project which will take action on systemic barriers to women’s participation in local government. This project is being funded through a grant from Status of Women Canada.


Key Responsibilities and Duties

 The project manager will:

  • Work with the WTC & CRIAW steering committee to fully develop and implement a three year project aimed at overcoming systemic barriers to women’s participation in the cities of Vancouver and Surrey BC;
  • This will include planning, coordinating, overseeing, monitoring and evaluating within both municipalities the key activities of the project which are:
  1. Engaging key stakeholders in both communities
  2. Conducting a needs assessment
  3. Creating a municipal gender equity report for each community
  4. Creating with collaborative teams a sustainable implementation strategy to overcome systemic barriers in both municipalities
  5. Implement the strategy in both municipalities
  6. Knowledge mobilization
  • Monitor project activity progress to ensure that activities are completed according to schedule, and take action to resolve problems and address delays when they occur;
  • Create and maintain accurate records of the project for regular reporting to the steering committee;
  • Work with Health Nexus in the assessment and evaluation of the project and the coordination of the project with other groups across Canada.

Operational planning and management:

  • Supervise paid research staff;
  • Work with the leadership circle and other collaborators to support student research assistants, regional cluster co-leads, and others working on project activities;
  • Track priority areas identified through the regional assessment process;
  • Responsible for all reporting and evaluation as required by Status of Women Canada;
  • Create budgets for activities;
  • Manage, monitor and report budget activities to the leadership circle and steering committee;
  • Ensure expenses and invoices are approved and on budget.
  • Coordinate budget, payments of services with the project Financial Officer to ensure the disbursement of funds comply with Status of Women guidelines;
  • Work with the leadership circle to coordinate team meetings and conference calls and take minutes;
  • Coordinate the development of the website with guidance from the leadership circle and assistance from the steering committee and/or volunteers;
  • Initiate and coordinate the development of future grant applications emerging from the work;
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the leadership circle.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3 – 5 years of project management experience;
  • Experience managing large budgets ($100,000+);
  • Knowledge of the cities of Vancouver and Surrey;
  • General knowledge of municipal government responsibilities, structures and actions;
  • Previous experience in research projects, and in working with a national or other geographically distributed organization;
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, feminist principles, analyses and methodologies; and use of an intersectional lens;
  • An undergraduate degree in urban studies, planning, political science, women’s studies, or another related field (graduate degree an asset) or relevant work experience.

To apply, please submit an electronic letter of application, CV, and 3 relevant references that may be contacted to

Include: “Project Manager. [your last name]” in the email subject line.