University of Alberta

Research Assistant

Community-University Partnership

Competition No.  -    S109737657
Posting Date  -    Dec 07, 2018
Closing Date  -    Dec 17, 2018
Position Type  -    Part Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $21,415 to $28,682 (pro-rated) per year
Grade  -    06
Hours  -    17.5

This part-time position has an expected end date of 12 months from date of hire, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

This position will be located in Enterprise Square in downtown Edmonton.

The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, Families and Communities – (CUP) is a unique collaboration among the University of Alberta, community agencies, and organizations in and around Edmonton and across Alberta. We are committed to improving the development of children, youth, families and communities by creating or mobilizing evidence-informed knowledge that impacts programs, practices, and policies. CUP has a 17 year history of collaborative community-based research experience.  CUP is led by a steering committee comprised of over 25 leaders from municipal and provincial government, not-for-profit agencies, school boards, and foundations.  This role is specific to the All In For Youth (AIFY) initiative.  The AIFY initiative is an Edmonton-based initiative that tackles the root causes of poor academic performance by offering support to children, parents and teachers in five inner city schools. Further details about this initiative can be viewed here.

Reporting to the Project Lead, the Research Assistant will provide research coordination and support to the Project Coordinator and Project Lead for the AIFY initiative. 


  • Supports and assists in monitoring project plans and initiatives as directed by the Project Lead and Project Coordinator
  • Actively contributes to and supports the work of the Project Lead and Project Coordinator to ensure achievement of the project milestones
  • Provides administrative support where required; this may include preparing presentations, maintaining meeting minutes as assigned or preparing materials for meetings
  • Researches application guidelines and processes for grants, awards and other funding sources; assists with the submission of quality grant proposals
  • Contributes to preparing and writing sections of funding applications for peer reviewing funding submissions
  • Reads, synthesizes/summarizes reports and documents
  • Conducts literature reviews, environmental scans, media scans, and other works
  • In collaboration with the research team, assists with all aspects of research activities including data collection, analysis, dissemination of findings; transcription of interviews, focus groups and meeting notes; and other related tasks as assigned
  • Travels to schools in Edmonton for data collection
  • Conducts semi-structured interviews and focus groups with adult, child, and youth participants
  • Assists in writing/preparing (typing, organizing, editing and formatting) progress and final reports
  • Contributes to preparing and writing sections of the reports to partners
  • Contributes to preparing, editing and writing sections of manuscripts and other written works created by collaborators
  • Supports and maintains good working relationships with project personnel, internal and external partners, and others as identified
  • Assists with communications to internal and external stakeholders, liaises with contacts relevant to projects as directed
  • Supports the creation of and assists with the preparation of knowledge translation dissemination products as directed including research posters, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, abstracts and research reports
  • Performs other related tasks as required


  • Minimum of a post secondary certificate in a related discipline with significant experience related to social determinants of health (i.e. Education, Psychology, Educational Psychology); Graduate degree preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • 2 or more years of experience facilitating semi-structured interviews and focus groups (with adults; with children of all ages)
  • 3 or more years of statistical analysis and research (qualitative and quantitative) experience
  • Experience thematically coding and analyzing large amounts of qualitative data required
  • Experience working on collaborative, interdisciplinary or intersectoral projects; Ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of organizations and backgrounds
  • 2 or more years of experience conducting research activities in school settings; Ability to adapt and be responsive to needs of school staff specific to their research participation and the research participation of the students in schools
  • Experience working with research ethics and guidelines in academic and community-based research environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong skills in appropriate use and interpretation of statistical techniques (descriptive and multivariate) and experience required in Nvivo statistical software and preferred in SPSS statistical software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; good working knowledge of APA Style, 6th Edition
  • Experience using transcription software required
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage the diverse workload and work within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, but in coordination with others
  • Ability to follow detailed protocols, with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in downtown offices and to travel around the city of Edmonton for data collection
  • Sensitivity to ethical issues, especially privacy and confidentiality
  • Previous work experience at the University of Alberta is an asset

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume outlining relevant work and professional experience.

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.