Secondment Opportunity

Change Management and Project Services (CMaPS) office is piloting a secondment program where University of Manitoba staff can spend a year working in CMaPS as an Improvement Specialist. Over the year, the incumbent would develop their skills and experience in project management, change management and lean improvement by leading and participating in CMaPS supported initiatives. As part of the secondment, the incumbent would be trained with ProSci as a Change Management Practitioner, would attend a change or improvement related conference and take operational excellence improvement training with the future opportunity to be certified as a lean green belt. The incumbent would report to the Director of CMaPS as an EMAPS G or F depending on the incumbent’s qualifications. Staff within CMaPS would provide mentorship and support to the incumbent’s learning and development by partnering with the incumbent on initiatives or through a variety of professional development opportunities the CMaPS team engages in throughout the year.

How You Would Benefit from this Secondment:

  • Develop your leadership, facilitation, problem solving, change management and analysis skills through leading project teams, introducing change and lean improvement in a supportive environment.
  • Participate on a variety of projects from throughout the campus thus you’d create connections with individuals from other areas of the University of Manitoba and be exposed to different work cultures processes and practices.
  • Obtain certification as a ProSci Change Management Practitioner, lean training with the opportunity to certify as a lean green belt and earn experience hours towards Project Management Institute certification and Association of Change Management Professionals certification .

About CMaPS

CMaPS is a unit within Human Resources supporting the University of Manitoba in implementing change throughout the campus by providing project management, change management, and lean improvement services. We are a small group, located in the Education building, consisting of a director and four continuing staff along with a couple term staff. The team  has a collaborative working relationship, supporting each other as we continuously learn and grow. Check out our living values that we continually practice in all we do. Each improvement specialist will work on 4 to 5 initiatives simultaneously, with initiatives spanning 6 months to multiple years in duration. In 2017 CMaPS supported over 30 initiatives, where two thirds of the initiatives involved project management, a third involved change management and two thirds involved lean improvement. The projects span both campuses, and in 2017 we partnered with academic units on approximately half of the projects, partnered with administrative units on a quarter of the projects and the remaining quarter were campus-wide initiatives. If you’d like more information, please contact us, we’d be happy to tell you more about our work, our culture and our unit!

Ideal Candidate

This opportunity is open to University of Manitoba currently employed staff. Ideally, the incumbent would have some experience working on a project team and/or implementing changes or within an organizational unit. We are looking for someone who possesses strong planning, negotiation and problem-solving skills as all our initiatives involve supporting units in defining a path forward, and creatively building a new future. We work collaboratively within teams, thus the incumbent must have strong active listening skills, be a team player and work collaboratively. CMaPS supports a large variety of requests from throughout the campus, thus the incumbent must be flexible, adaptable, tenacious, resilient and able to work in ambiguous situations. Lastly, in this role, the incumbent will need to showcase strong personal leadership by taking initiative as much of the work is self-directed.

Application Process

Step 1: Discuss this opportunity with your supervisor to ensure your supervisor is supportive.

Step 2: Apply for the position using UM Careers and indicate in the cover letter that the application is for the development opportunity as a secondment

Step 3: Complete the interview and selection process

Step 4: Establish agreement on a start and finish date between CMaPS, the incumbent and home unit.