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Director, Impact Action Lab (36 month term)

Alberta Innovates is seeking a Director, Impact Action Lab for a 36 month term to plan, implement, and manage impact strategies and frameworks for external ecosystem clients and Alberta Innovates partnered initiatives.


Are you our Director, Impact Action Lab? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Enjoy building collaborative relationships with external ecosystem clients stakeholders and internal coworkers to provide strategic guidance and impact plans and impact management systems for stakeholders.
  • Have the ability to pull together all the pieces of complex projects and drive them across the finish line towards achieving impact.
  • Are passionate about engaging with the community and enjoy inspiring others with your drive, integrity, and passion.


We are game changers

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation.

Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, Impact Action Lab, the Director, Impact Action Lab is responsible for (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Co-develops impact plans with clients, teams and organizations using research evidence and emerging impact tools for conducting strategic forecasting, and horizontal scans.
  • Engages stakeholders to embed a Performance Impact Management System (PIMS) across their life cycle, as well as implementing and managing associated structures, tools and processes.
  • Supports training, outreach events, and building strong stakeholder relationships
  • Provides leadership and manages projects or initiatives by directing day-to-day operations, reporting and training delivery activities, ensuring impact strategies are quality reviewed and completed on time and in  budget.
  • Establishes operational, and workflow processes and ensures activities are compliant with provincial policies and established business practices and standards.
  • Utilizes expertise to provide networks, accelerators, executive leaders, government ministries, and universities guidance on impact management activities.  
  • Supports the developing and delivering training courses, schools, workshops, and in-school education program set up and delivery.
  • Facilitate cross ministerial and community engagement sessions.
  • Manages budgets and reporting activities, authorizing expenditures within budget and approved limits, explaining variances, and ensuring the timely submission of required internal and external reports and financial documents.
  • Manages staff activities, establishing team goals and objectives, assigning and directing work, monitoring productivity, work quality and workloads, ensuring adherence to policies and practice standards
  • Participates in recruitment and performance review activities, and ensures the availability of skill development, coaching and training opportunities.



  • Masters degree in social sciences, management, health, agriculture, environment, or a related field.
    • A PHD is considered an asset.
  • 5 years of social science, research methodology, statistical analyses, and project management experience combined with 3 or more years of managerial experience.
  • Experience working with senior technical and management professionals from government, industry, environmental agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and implementing performance and impact management systems at an organizational and provincial level.
  • Ability to define business requirements, functional specifications, and best practice standards.
  • Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships.
  • Strategic problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Planning and priority management skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, listening, communications and interpersonal skills to convey concepts and information.
  • People management and coaching skills.
  • Facilitation, Presentation and Coaching skills
  • Ability to adapt to change and work in a team environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-assured, confident and result-oriented


Why Alberta Innovates?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance which includes flexible work and wellness programs.


At Alberta Innovates, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.