BC PHCRN Network Manager

University of British Columbia


Staff – Non Union

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AAPS Salaried – Research and Facilitation, Level B

Job Title
BC PHCRN Network Manager

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Compensation Range
$5,468.83 – $7,878.17 CAD Monthly

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Posting End Date
April 1, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Mar 31, 2027

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

Job Summary

The BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) is one network node of the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN) meant to support evidence-informed transformation of the delivery of primary and integrated health care specifically in BC. The goal of the network is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers in the area of primary care research.

The BC-Primary Health Care Research (BC-PHCRN) Network Manager will oversee the day-to-day operations and development of the network in BC, and will play a key role in facilitating BC’s participation in the CPCRN. The Manager will serve as the primary point of contact and liaison for all Network members to support the vision, goals and initiatives of the Network.

The Research Network Manager will build and maintain positive relationships and communication with government, health system, patient, and research stakeholders. This role requires considerable judgment, problem solving and communication skills in order to collaborate and build relationships between clinicians, researchers, patients and other stakeholders. 

Organizational Status

The Research Network Manager reports directly to Dr. Rubee Dev, research lead of the BC-PHCRN. The Research Network Manager works closely with Dr. Dev as well as the data manager and knowledge translation exchange/communications coordinator. The Manager works with the leadership and advisory committees to engage and work with members of the BC-PHCRN from across BC.

The Research Network Manager works collaboratively with the staff housed in other parts of Canada who work within the other provincial sites of the CPCRN. S/he is responsible for communicating with the other research managers and regularly reporting on the BC-PHCRN’s activities, as well as, discuss priorities for each of our respective provinces, identify areas of common interest, and bring potential collaborative opportunities back to our network leads and members. 

Work Performed

The Research Network Manager will be responsible for the overall network management and coordination of the network’s activities in alignment with the approved grant application and in support of the Network’s 5-year project plan, including:

  • Planning for an annual virtual meeting between the BC Ministry of Health and researchers for purposes of discussion and information sharing.
  • Facilitating access to primary care researcher expertise if urgent policy questions arise in line with their areas of research.
  • Facilitating access to a platform connecting decision-makers and researchers across Canada which can be leveraged to respond to questions (Timed Right and PCRN Connect).
  • Working with Dr. Dev to ensure there are opportunities for Ministry input to research project identification and selection.
  • Working with researchers who could have access to the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network, in line with the existing agreements and boundaries related to use of these data.
  • Writing annual report updates for CIHR which will provide updates on the British Columbia Practice-Based Research and Learning Networks (BC-PBRLN).
  • Reporting semi-annually to the Michael Smith Foundation Health Research BC in an agreed-to template which will provide updates on the relevant work of the BC-PHCRN including the deliverables noted above.

Research Support

  • Provide research management support for cross-jurisdictional Network research teams with including: develop agreements with participating network sites; facilitate grant application approval and submission processes; liaise with funding agencies for application process clarification; may assist in some aspects of grant/contract proposal preparation, including editorial review/editing, and budget development
  • Connect the research teams to different resources BC-PHCRN can provide (e.g., links to the SPOR SUPPORT Unit components, patients interested in working with the teams on the various research projects)
  • Work with groups such as Population Data BC, the Ministry of Health and the BC SUPPORT Unit to support and facilitate access to data for Network-funded research
  • Identify and explore potential funding sources and partnerships for Network related research projects; maintain a funding database and connect with funders as needed to explore potential funding/research opportunities.

Communications and KTE

  • Act as public face and primary contact for the Network as appropriate; addresses questions and concerns from participating network sites and other stakeholders in a timely manner
  • Establishes and maintains strong communication and working relationships with BC-PHCRN stakeholders: BC-CPCSSN, Advisory Committee, Executive committee, research teams, patients/families, clinicians, policy/decision makers, organizations (e.g., health authorities, health professional organizations, universities, etc.)

In conjunction with KTE coordinator:

  • facilitate knowledge translation and exchange activities related to Network research projects, through writing briefs, social media, or coordinating face-to-face learning community sessions
  • maintain the content of the Network’s website and develop other materials which publicly represent the Network
  • provide regular updates on BC-PHCRN and national CPCRN activities to network members
  • research and monitor academic/scientific conferences for knowledge dissemination opportunities; develop abstracts, publications, and presentations
  • deliver presentations on BC-PHCRN activities; the Manager may be required to travel throughout BC, to present on BC-PHCRN and engage stakeholders


  • Prepare annual, financial and other reports as required; manage reporting to granting agencies according to agencies’ requirements
  • Manage budget, track financial commitments and the purchasing functions of BC-PHCRN, in liaison with the department’s finance manager
  • Perform other duties as required; the tasks and priorities of the Manager will vary by necessity with time as the environment changes 

Consequence of Error/Judgement
The quality and productivity of the Network could be significantly impacted major errors in performance of the above-related duties. As well, there could be impacts on the effectiveness, reputation, collaborations, and funding status of the Network.
Supervision Received
Dr. Rubee Dev, Research Lead of the BC-PHCRN
Supervision Given
The Research Network Manager may supervise administrative staff and students.
Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of three years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own.

Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in health sciences, social sciences, or related area preferred. Minimum of three years or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Recent related experience in health care or social sciences, with preference given to those with experience in primary health care and research network development; experience leading initiatives in a multi-stakeholder environment; and significant project management experience in developing, executing, evaluating and reporting.

Experience in research administration, and writing or managing grant proposals for academic research would be considered assets. As well, experience with policies and procedures at the University of British Columbia would also be an asset.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Experience working with large, distributed networks of stakeholders.
  • Past or relevant experience working with communities on successful implementation of community driven projects.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and build consensus; ability to build and maintain effective relationships.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills including the ability to comprehend complex issues and related data/information and present information in concise, meaningful ways.
  • Ability to assess and anticipate future needs, identify potential problems, and problem-solve.
  • Ability to productively use spreadsheet, word processing, presentation and database applications.
  • Excellent writing/editing and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work independently; is flexible, energetic, and self-motivated.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, public speaking and administrative skills.
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License and access to a vehicle (or equivalent); some travel may be required.

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