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AECOM Senior Social Impact Specialist in Hamilton, Ontario

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking an experienced, highly motivated Senior Social Impact Specialist/Scientist for immediate employment to support infrastructure projects across Canada. Candidates with a strong set of experiences in socio-economic impact assessment, stakeholder and client relations, strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative social science analysis skills, and significant expertise in community engagement and Indigenous consultation will be prioritized.

This position will be part of the Planning & Permitting team supporting projects and collaborating with teams across Ontario and the rest of Canada. We are seeking self-directing and accountable candidates that will work collaboratively with others to build and lead technically strong and integrated project teams that deliver quality products to our clients. We are seeking senior-level professionals with experience and confidence in communicating to clients and stakeholders as well as the broader community, including Indigenous communities and organizations. Project management experience, strong organizational skills and an ability to work on multi-disciplinary teams in an efficient, effective and respectful manner are essential qualities.


As part of our team, the successful candidate will lead projects and technical teams, manage and contribute to the development of work products and deliverables throughout a project lifecycle, including but not limited to:

  • Leading the development of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and workplans for socio-economic and social impact studies.

  • Leading and contributing to the development of work products, including socio-economic baseline studies and analysis and reports – largely related environmental assessment and permitting applications, environmental screenings, environmental baseline and monitoring programs, and/or peer reviews.

  • Overseeing field studies, surveys, and interviews with community and regional stakeholders, often as part of establishing socio-economic assessment baselines and social environment assessments.

  • Reviewing technical documents, reports, and presentations.

  • Lead the development and delivery of community engagement plans and Indigenous consultation strategies to contribute to understanding and social acceptance of infrastructure planning and design projects.

  • Design and execution of Indigenous engagement and consultation and public participation activities including meeting and event planning, coordination, facilitation, and logistics.

  • Collaborate with clients, stakeholders, other disciplines and consultants to guide planning and design processes, including Indigenous communities and government clients.

  • Liaise with clients, the public, Indigenous groups, and regulators, as required.

  • Project management responsibilities including work/project planning, execution, team management and closing.

  • Lead and contribute to business development efforts, including proposal writing and participation in industry associations.

  • Development and execution of social performance and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies across Canada.

  • Participate and contribute to AECOM’s Technical Practice Groups.

  • Other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Social Science (Sociology, Anthropology, Community/ Planning) Environmental Science (Sustainability, Human Geography), Business, or related social or environmental sciences disciplines.

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant consulting experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred in Economics, Social Science (Sociology, Anthropology, Community/ Planning) Environmental Sciences (Sustainability, Human Geography), Business, or related social or environmental sciences disciplines.

  • 10 years of relevant consulting experience in socio-environmental / socio-economic impact assessment, Indigenous engagement or related field.

  • Demonstrated experience engaging communities, stakeholders and building relationships with Indigenous communities in Ontario and / or across Canada.

  • Knowledge of the provincial environmental assessment process, the federal Impact Assessment Act 2019 as well as other federal and provincial laws and regulations related to socio-environmental impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, and Indigenous consultation.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading communications with clients and stakeholders as well as the broader community, including Indigenous communities and organizations.

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), research and data analysis, and technical writing skills.

  • Experience with proposal writing and ability to undertake business development activities.

  • Experience leading teams collaboratively and ability to work well with people.

  • Ability to plan and prioritize workload and manage multiple assignments at one time.

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Class G driver’s license.

  • Willingness to travel to local and remote communities to undertake fieldwork.

  • Experience and/or training in Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) considered an asset.

  • Understanding of infrastructure planning, design and implementation processes.

  • Rural, remote, and northern experience considered an asset.

  • Proficiency with statistical and/or spatial analysis tools.

  • Full or Provisional membership in a professional body.

  • Knowledge of international best practices in social impact assessment, IFC and World Bank standards.

  • Experience working with economic modelling and other related software.

  • Facilitation experience.

  • Bilingual (English and French) an asset.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship for Canadian employment authorization is not available now or in the future for this position.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $85,000.00 - $120,000.00.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10107623

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Canada

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid