“Virtual Reality Language Training for Newcomers”
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Application ends: December 16, 2021
Inspired by the government commitment to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada, the Syrian Canadian Foundation (SCF) was founded in January 2016 and aims to empower newcomers and people of diverse backgrounds while promoting cross-cultural exchanges within the Canadian society. We engage with partners and volunteers to build welcoming communities and culturally customized services for Syrian newcomers and other diverse communities.
The Syrian Canadian Foundation is looking for an experienced, passionate, and innovation-minded project manager to oversee the implementation of its “Virtual Reality Language Training for Newcomers” project. This exciting pilot of innovative technology in the language training space requires a manager with a continuous innovation frame of mind, who is able to monitor and evaluate many moving pieces and iterate the project as it unfolds. The project is funded by Service Delivery Improvements funding (SDI) under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and is an exploration of how different VR/AI technologies can advance language training for newcomers. SCF will test two VR/AI language training tools to explore their potential as instructional methods to enhance language proficiency, intensify learning opportunities and speed up purposeful speaking skill acquisition. You will work closely with our research partner, the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Research findings will include recommendations on the use of VR/AI in language training, its efficiency and its impact in facilitating more effective integration outcomes for newcomers.
The Project Manager will be the primary focal point for this project and is responsible for designing, implementing and following up on all project-related activities and tasks according to the time frame of the project and following IRCC reporting regulations.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Design and lead the implementation of the project according to IRCC regulations and procedures.
- Develop the assessment tools needed to track and measure student’ language acquisition progress in partnership with UTM’s Language Studies Department
- Oversee language training metrics, student progress rubrics, teacher-student assessment interviews, focus group questions, client surveys and other related methods throughout the program.
- Support in the recruitment of a Project Coordinator under this project and manage related tasks division, appraisal and follow up processes.
- Build and maintain excellent working relationships with the funder (IRCC).
- Hire and oversee ESL experts for program curriculum development and running of ESL classrooms
- Organize a series of training workshops for teachers on VR/AI Technology
- Oversee the development of mixed method metrics and tools for project activity data collection.
- Set and meet milestones and deliverables throughout the project lifecycle, including partnerships, program participants, documentation, measurements, and others.
- Liaise with project stakeholders and ensure adequate participation in all phases of the project.
- Develop and oversee outreach plans to target participants and partners.
- Develop and oversee marketing plans to promote project.
- Proactively manage project scope, identify changes and potential impact on budget as well as project objectives and make recommendations to the Interim Executive Director.
- Minimum 3 years of professional experience in project management.
- Experience in designing and implementing research projects.
- Experience managing and reporting on a project funded by IRCC.
- A university degree in a relevant field of study such as education or social sciences.
- Strong experience in Project Management, recruiting and managing employees and managing project budgets.
- Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
- Highly responsible, self-motivated, adaptable, and flexible.
- Experience in the non for profit sector and working with refugees/newcomers/visible minorities/seniors.
- Tech savvy with some knowledge of innovative technology for language training and curriculum development is an asset.
- Excellent presentation skills and ability to deliver training sessions.
- Demonstrated ability to network and liaise with various stakeholders including government, partner organizations, volunteers and funders.
- Ability to work independently within a small team.
- Travel within the GTA and surrounding areas will be required.
- Flexible work hours will be required.
Full time: 40 hours/week
Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada and must reside in the GTA.