University of Alberta

End Poverty Edmonton (EPE) Research Coordinator

Community-University Partnership

Competition No.  -    S109737025
Posting Date  -    Sep 07, 2018
Closing Date  -    Sep 24, 2018
 
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $58,675 to $81,208 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This position has an end date of one year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension.  This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits

EndPovertyEdmonton brings together people impacted by poverty, community leaders across sectors in the city and all four orders of government (municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous) to collectively move this progressive agenda into people’s lives and into our communities. 

The EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) Research Coordinator will provide research capacity, expertise, support, and brokering abilities to the broader EPE network. This position will work closely with the EPE Secretariat (United Way), EPE partners (community agencies, funders, government partners), and CUP’s associated networks to: (1) gain an understanding of the existing and emergent EPE projects addressing EPE action plan items, (2) identify faculty and students from academic institutions across Edmonton that understand the complexities of social issues and poverty, (3) build collaborative relationships and projects amongst academic and community expertise to fill research gaps, and (4) foster the development of research projects and funding opportunities.  The Community-University Partnership (CUP) works closely with the EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) Secretariat which is a community-led organization that stewards the implementation of the EPE Road Map. The EPE Road Map is a community action plan that includes 35 actions items that are intended to end poverty and create shared prosperity for all Edmontonians. 

Duties

  • Maps the active and potential research and evaluation expertise, partnerships, and projects across Edmonton and Alberta’s academic institutions (UofA, UofC, MacEwan, Norquest, Athabasca, etc.)
  • Tracks, identifies, and brokers potential research collaborations between academics and initiatives and partners relevant to EPE’s action plan.
  • Provides expertise in evaluation & research methods, partner engagement, and knowledge mobilization to community partners (government, community agencies, or funders) engaged in EPE road map actions.
  • Leads the development of evaluation and research projects that will identify cross cutting variables that interact to end poverty.
  • Works closely with the EPE Research and Evaluation Specialist to provide on the ground connection and supports’ for project/action level EPE evaluation and research efforts.
  • Engages with individual EPE efforts and teams in order to monitor, support, and ensure cohesion and cooperation among individual action/project specific EPE evaluation and research and the broader EPE framework.
  • Serves as a conduit for collaboration among academic institutions within the City of Edmonton.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with academics, community agencies, government reps involved in EPE actions/projects.
  • Supports the collaboration and engagement of graduate students in EPE research and evaluation projects via practicums, internships, theses, and/or class assignments.
  • Monitors and identifies funding opportunities that can support ongoing EPE research and evaluation projects.
  • Writes quality grant proposals to secure funding for EPE research projects, may involve working collaboratively with community partners in developing proposals.
  • Establishes and monitors action plans, timelines, and deliverables for knowledge mobilization (KM) initiatives. May require modification as KM initiatives unfold.
  • As required, prepare reports on KM progress and achievements for the CUP Directors or Steering Committee, CUP communications, and the Director as required.
  • Participates on EPE’s evaluation advisory committee and on other EPE related committees and groups as needed.
  • Hires, supervises and mentors research project staff and students as required by research projects.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master's degree in a related discipline (e.g., Education, Human Ecology, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology); equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience in community-based research, evaluation, and/or knowledge mobilization.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.
  • Experience in collaborative, community-based, and/or intersectoral project work.
  • Experience and expertise in project management.
  • Experience and expertise in writing successful research funding applications.
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A broad range of intellectual and academic skills.
  • Motivation to participate in activities that affect societal and the political structure, as well as participate in community service.
  • Ability to offer innovative and creative solutions to challenging and complex problems; taught to analyze and break down complex problems.
  • Independence through managing and organizing workloads, planning research, dealing with multiple deadlines, developed strategies in making choices.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.