Operations (Projects and Performance Reporting) Advisor

Position Description

Posted July 5, 2022

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), a Canadian non-profit organization, is looking for an energetic, collaborative and trusted professional with a vision and passion to be part of an organization that is driven to makes things happen and to make a difference for our world.

CRIN is actively building out a new highly functioning operations team with expertise from communications, membership engagement and outreach, to technology enablement, to finance and legal, to operations and administration.

You will be part of team with national scope with regional, national and global impact.

The role:

The Operations (Projects and Performance Reporting) Advisor is a central member of the CRIN Operations team working directly with the Director of Operations and the Manager, Finance and Contracts.  The role interfaces with members of the operations team while collaborating with committees and functions across and external to the organization, including:

  • Operation staff team members – finance, contracts and technology enablement (progress / claim management for a portfolio of research projects); and operations (performance reporting and associated enterprise management systems development and support)
  • Research (entrepreneurial) project teams and steering committees as CRIN representative to monitor technical progression, change management, benefits reporting, and claims review for payment per contribution agreements
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada [ISED], Government of Canada (Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)) staff – performance reporting and claims processing
  • Service Providers – develop, support to workflow management systems
  • Active CRIN members / champions (volunteers) - chair of the Technology Enablement sub-committee and theme members for reporting and consultation

The detail orientation, exceptional organizational and information management skills and capacity to handle a diverse portfolio of projects and scope of the Operations (Projects and Performance Reporting) Advisor are matched by an ability to communicate respectfully and professionally with team members, volunteers and project teams and the ability to quickly pick up and assimilate technical information from a broad portfolio of research projects.

The Operations (Projects and Performance Reporting) Advisor role is a contractual position based in Calgary, Alberta; full hours and long term (term end January 2025)

Key responsibilities include

  • In conjunction with CRIN staff, lead the implementation of fit-for-purpose systems to manage project workflows.
  • Performance of the following duties:
    • Performance Reporting - KPI measurement, tracking, assessment and reporting for portfolio and network (annual and quarterly)
    • Research Projects – CRIN representative on project steering committees to monitor / report technical progression, manage change from a CRIN perspective, and support to benefits reporting
    • Research Projects – Review and approve financial claims and payments for projects as per contribution agreements (quarterly)
    • Progress and claim report preparation and submission to SIF
    • General contracts portfolio management and reporting

Where your expertise will shine:

  • Design, implement and maintain management systems and workflows for the organization working closely with the contract administration and project support function in conjunction with the Manager, Finance and Contracts.
    • Portfolio management; monitoring, measuring, scoring, assessing, decision tracking, analysis, reporting, etc.
    • Management system; statements of work, project agreements / contracts, financial reporting, IP, etc.
    • Reporting (quarterly, annually) meeting CRIN and SIF requirements
  • Support the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Support the maintenance of key planning and strategy documents, e.g., Network Strategy including KPIs, IP Protection, and Data Management
  • Work with the operations team to manage the portfolio and initiatives related to technology enablement, membership engagement and outreach across CRIN
  • Ensure alignment of CRIN’s management system with current regulations
  • Work closely with stakeholders to ensure the management system is fit for purpose, mitigates risk, and is effective, and thus recognized as a high performing function of CRIN from all stakeholders across the organization
  • Support the Operations Team to meet its commitments related to reporting and support of the Network including monitoring and reporting of commitments and achievements
  • Manage professional service contracts as required, and
  • Fulfill other responsibilities that may arise necessary for a world class collaboration organization

 The right fit:

  • Highly collaborative in approach to all work

Ability to work independently and as part of a team towards agreed objectives and outcomes

  • A university degree or related post-secondary diploma/certificate in physical science and / or engineering discipline relevant to oil and gas cleantech technology development, with 10 years’ experience in technology/technical project execution and management, operational role(s) in oil and gas cleantech technology development, energy or other natural resource industries
  • High technical acumen, ability to understand a wide variety of technologies with effective review and analysis skills
  • Committed to excellence in customer service
  • Ability to help build a culture of engagement to support the execution of CRIN’s vision and priorities
  • Comfortable in a high-energy, faced-paced environment with competing priorities
  • Ability to lead, coach, gain support, and leverage skills from a diverse peer staff team, or from network members where no formal reporting relationship exists
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to develop and communicate data, perform analysis, assimilate outcomes/results, and create impact reports using appropriate tools and methods
  • High sense of ownership/responsibility and attention to detail
  • Worked successfully with different types of people at many organizational levels
  • Proven ability to anticipate, assess, and develop solutions and improvements to workflow and business tools to meet objectives
  • Proficiency within the Microsoft Office suite and savvy in assessing, adopting and using relevant business and collaboration technologies to improve operational effectiveness

Preference for:

  • Experience with membership-based organizations, and
  • Bilingual in English / French

Where you’ll be working, your work schedule, and other meaningful information:

You will be expected to contribute to and agree upon working norms, including workdays and location, etc. The role will be centred out of Calgary with a combination of remote work and work in an office environment located in downtown Calgary.

There may also be some irregular hours throughout the week including weekends (e.g., event-specific activities). Travel within Canada may be required for meetings and/or event-specific activities according to travel policies and procedures.


To be considered for the role, provide supporting information as to the suitability of your candidacy by email to Review of applications will begin July 13, 2022. After this date, resumes may still be submitted and reviewed until an appointment to the position is made.

The position posting will remain open until the position has been filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CRIN is strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. CRIN encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to attaining leadership that is representative of Canada’s diverse populations.

About CRIN: 

CRIN’s vision is to make Canada the global leader in producing clean hydrocarbons from source to end use. A network of networks, CRIN accelerates the development and commercialization of groundbreaking solutions by establishing industry priorities and by connecting innovators within the ecosystem (researchers, small and medium enterprises – SMEs, governments, non-governmental organizations - NGOs, other innovators) to resources (funding, talent, labs, and facilities), investors and industry partners (producers and service companies) who deploy technology solutions.

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