Employment Opportunity: Special Projects Officer

Position Title: Special Projects Officer
Job Status: Full-time, 18-month contract
Reports to: Director, BSIA
Location: Waterloo, ON
Date Posted: January 22, 2024
Posting Closes: February 9, 2024

Position Summary

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is an institute for advanced research, education, and outreach in the fields of global governance and international public policy. As a hub in a global network of scholars, practitioners and students, the School’s mission is to develop new solutions to humanity’s critical problems, to improve global governance now and in the future, and to contribute to enhancing the quality of people’s lives around the world.

In September 2023, the BSIA was the recipient of a generous $5 million gift from the Balsillie Family Foundation to establish the Technology Governance Initiative. This initiative consists of four pillars, two of which will be managed by the Special Projects Officer: the annual publication of the Balsillie Survey, and the coordination of a technology governance-themed Case Study series. The Special Projects Officer will also aide the team with the development of other BSIA publications, including the Balsillie Papers.

Supported by BSIA research students, the Balsillie Survey will be published annually and present data and analysis reflecting technology governance and policy-related feedback from Canada’s top technology leaders. The Special Projects Officer will be responsible for the project management of the survey including the research design, methodology supporting the survey development, distribution, analysis, and the overall coordination of the publication in line with target dates. The published survey will provide important empirical data and analyses for both the policy and research communities.

The Case Studies program will provide a platform to profile technology governance thought leadership in Waterloo Region, and be used as a teaching tool for international affairs classrooms and beyond. The Special Projects Officer will support the development of Case Studies from the proposal phase through to publication and promotion. This initiative will also provide research opportunities for BSIA students, who will work with the Special Projects Officer to support lead authors.


  • Develop and nurture relationships with Canada’s industry, policy and technology leaders.
  • Provide support to BSIA’s Technology Governance Steering Committee.
  • Work with the BSIA partner institutions’ survey research centres and offices of research ethics to develop the research process of the annual Balsillie Survey (survey construction, sampling method, data collection, analysis, etc.).
  • Determine the optimal results output, and develop the key communications to support the launch of the survey publication.
  • Manage the technology governance Case Studies program by vetting proposals, coordinating RA support, peer review and editing services, and posting the final Case Studies online.
  • Oversee the outreach and promotion of the Case Studies Program.
  • Coordinate the Balsillie Papers publication process from the submission stage through to publication.
  • Support the development of relevant promotional content to support the BSIA’s strategic communications and social media channels.


  • Keen understanding of the technology governance landscape
  • 3+ years of experience with survey development, conducting research and data analysis
  • Post-secondary education (at Masters level) in business, economic development, public policy, governance, planning, or equivalent related program
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in project management and writing reports/proposals
  • Strong presentation skills, sound judgment and a strategic thinker
  • Ability to exercise appropriate etiquette and protocol in all electronic, written and in-person interactions
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills

This is an 18-month, full-time position with benefits and optional enrollment in an RSP matching program, with the possibility of contract renewal, based on funding and performance. The position will be in-person at the BSIA Campus in Waterloo, with the option of working one day a week virtually. If this position interests you, please submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of Tiffany Bradley at [email protected] by Friday, February 9, 2024.

We encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Balsillie School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application or interview accommodation requests, please contact [email protected].

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