Community-Based Research Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering

University of Calgary

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Community-Based Research Program Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position will report directly to the Canada Research Chair. The coordinator is required to work very closely with partnering communities. The incumbent(s) will be responsible for liaising within and coordinating community research activities as they relate to the research area of sustainable infrastructure in First Nations communities. The Community-Based Research Program Coordinator will meet with the research group, providing advice and help to build and foster relationships within the community. The CBR will ensure that community concerns, questions and research goals are communicated, and help to foster reciprocal and collaborative relationships.

This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Works with the Principle Investigator to review research activities through a community-lens.
  • Coordinates research activities at the community level.
  • Helps to suggest and prepare research activities, and providing feedback on research objectives.
  • Meets regularly with the research group team to ensure quality of work and for further direction.
  • Maintain a safe, courteous and professional working environment.
  • Make positive working relationships.
  • Keep all members of the research team well informed of research progress through attendance at regular progress meetings.
  • Organize progress meetings; attended by the research team members.
  • Acts as the first point of contact.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • The coordinator must have experience or interest in working with Indigenous peoples.
  • Completion of a level of education equivalent to Grade 12, with additional work or academic experience considered an asset.
  • A combination of skills, and educational experience will be considered in evaluation, including Bachelors or post-graduate degrees where relevant.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively.
  • A positive attitude and interest in fostering relationships and investigating future collaborations.
  • Relevant experience in First Nations communities in infrastructure, including water and wastewater management is considered an asset.
  • Enjoys working and interacting with people and supporting their professional development.
  • Requires strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • The candidate is expected to take a lead role in all field research related activities.
  • Able to work within a collaborative setting with others to set clear priorities while managing multiple timelines and objectives.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, willingness to accept responsibility, and self-motivated.
  • Experience working in educational or research environments.

Application Deadline:  November 27, 2023

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase 1.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website . For more information visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering .

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected] ).

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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