Indigenous Research Cluster Coordinator

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

Job Category
Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile
Non Union Salaried – Research Assistant /Technician 3

Job Title
Indigenous Research Cluster Coordinator

Research Support Jovel Research Group Applied Biology Program Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Compensation Range
$3,982.67 – $4,703.83 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
December 5, 2022

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

Job End Date

Dec 15, 2023

Please include cover letter.

This position is P/T 60%.

Indigenous people are encouraged to apply

Job Summary
Working in a dynamic and high-energy environment, the Indigenous Research Cluster (IRC) Coordinator will assist with the collection, management, and analysis of indigenous research within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and external research partners/collaborators; therefore, the coordinator will also support the internal tracking of indigenous research activities conducted both internal and external to the Faculty.
Organizational Status
The Indigenous Research Cluster Coordinator will report to and work closely with the Research Cluster lead, Professor Eduardo Jovel. Collaborates with PI’s, research staff, students, partners, various funding agencies and other affiliates.
Work Performed

Project Coordination (50% of time)

  • Coordinates the Indigenous Research Cluster (IRC) Program and its different components; by facilitating project strategic planning activities, such as project timeline management, operations, maintaining records and tracking deliverables.
  • Acts as a centralized point of contact between the Research Cluster Lead (RCL), Co-Principal Investigators, Partners, research staff & assistants, collaborators, and funding agencies and coordinates project communications and knowledge translation activities, handles media requests to the RCL and the various projects.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Cluster Support and Coordination (30% of time)

  • Contributes to the significant deliverables of the Research Cluster.
  • Monitors the work of and provide feedback and guidance to project support staff.
  • Ensures projects are administered according to research study and ethics protocols.
  • Coordinates and assists with reporting requirements across various projects.
  • Coordinates conference abstracts and presentations and supports research manuscript preparation.
  • Assists the research team to identify, pursue and prepare supplementary research grant funding opportunities.
  • Provides annual indicators of Cluster Research program performance to support grant applications and reporting as needed.
  • Assists with the internal tracking and monitoring of all active research projects within the Research Cluster portfolio and their annual outputs (i.e., funded research projects, published papers, project outcomes, research activity hosted, etc.).

Financial Management (20% of time)

  • Monitors grant funds and overall project budgets.
  • Supports overall financial planning for projects, preparation of grant budgets, approvals, procurement, and reporting.
  • Assists with developing and maintaining budgets and financial reporting.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Maintains, implements, and informs further development of a data infrastructure for the Indigenous Research Cluster and administers internal records of the IRC portfolio. Failure to meet these objectives could reduce the efficiency of the various research projects, potentially damage professional relations with researchers and students, and potentially damage the integrity and reputation of the cluster and Faculty within the larger research community. Work performance is closely supervised by the Research Cluster Lead who will support decision making.

Supervision Received
Works under the direction of Research Cluster Lead. Exercises a medium level of independent decision making. Works in close collaboration with the RCL through regular meetings and collaborates with other researchers conducting Indigenous research. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement of medium-term goals.  Liaises with the Faculty’s Research Support team.
Supervision Given
May supervise research assistants.
Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSc is preferred. Relevant disciplines include agriculture, environmental science, data science, computer science, and food system science.
  • Proven expertise in project management best practices, managing large and complex projects/budgets, preferably in a research environment.
  • Lived experience in an Indigenous community and substantial cultural competencies with lived experience of engaging in and maintaining intercultural affiliations.
  • Knowledge and awareness of Indigenous Research practices and Ethics.
  • Basic understanding of conducting research in Indigenous education, health and wellness, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with grant or foundation funding agencies, particularly Canada Tri-Council-specific experience.
  • Experience with research ethics (e.g., Behavioural Research Ethics Board), research proposal development, project implementation, and direct research experience, including data collection, analysis, and research writing.
  • Functional knowledge of regulations relating to the conduct of research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UBC’s organizational structures, relationships, policies, and protocols is an asset.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and virtual; leading meeting coordination; managing high-level communication among the project research team and partners, report writing; coordinating communication plan (e.g., website, social media presence etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.Ability to exercise tact and discretion and build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational skills with superior time management skills
  • Must have accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Capacity to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadline with shifting priorities. Ability to work quickly, efficiently in a highly multidisciplinary, dynamic and fast paced environment.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently and work as a team member in a dynamic and creative team, while in close collaboration with a large and diverse group of researchers and other stakeholders. Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of people/cultures.
  • Computer experience at an intermediate level – able to effectively use MS Office, website management and maintenance, content management systems and database experience. Comfortable learning new software and interested in developing data management skills.
  • Occasional travel and working outside of regular office hours may be required.

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