Research Project Manager

York University
Term (Duration): 
A five-year research partnership examining the capacities of migrants to overcome immigration and settlement challenges in urban centers in Ontario and Quebec under the direction of Valerie Preston, Principal Investigator (PI) and Professor, Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week) project manager. Reporting to the PI, and working with partners in Ontario and Quebec as well as other Secretariat staff, the incumbent is responsible for sustaining the partnership and facilitating coordinated research activities among partners. This position enhances, promotes and facilitates the research undertaken by co-investigators, collaborators, students, and diverse partner organizations.
Responsibilities include facilitating research planning, knowledge mobilization, fundraising, and reporting to funding institutions, and other activities directly related to the research pursued under the auspices of the partnership.

Salary: $72,500
Start date: November 1, 2019
Term: 12 months contract, with possibility of renewal until March, 2021.
Location: York University Keele Campus

Job Purpose:
The purpose of this position is to support the effective delivery of research activities while working closely with the PI, all members of the partnership, specifically the co-chairs for city networks and research projects and other Secretariat staff. The incumbent will develop ongoing relationships with non-governmental organisations, government departments and agencies, and academic researchers as needed for successful completion of the research program.

Major Responsibilities:

- Support creative partnerships among academic researchers, all levels of government, and non-governmental organizations as required for successful completion of the research program and effective dissemination of its findings.
- Support the development of applications to provincial and federal funding programs and foundations that take advantage of and facilitate research collaborations with non-governmental partners.
- Supervising a work study communications assistant, manage partnership communications, including preparation and archiving of minutes, agenda, governance documents, and research activity templates.
- Assist and support partners in planning community forums and workshops.
- Provide logistical support to event planning.
- In conjunction with the PI, compile information annually for a Final Report to be submitted to SSHRC that will capture all relationships and interactions.
- In conjunction with the PI, develop and submit reports to other funders as required.

- Maintain relationships with external participants and partners in the community such as City of Windsor, Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes, Québec, the Wellesley Institute, and Local Immigration Partnerships in Ontario.
- Network with government departments and non-governmental agencies that relate to the partnership's research focus.
- Ensure the effective flow of information internally and externally including preparation and dissemination of promotional materials, announcements, and other activities.

Knowledge Mobilization
- Develop effective seminars, workshops, and symposia and knowledge mobilization strategies
- Build and foster relationships with stakeholders in the partnership and ensure they are providing updated content for the website and other KMb platforms.
- Liaise with translator(s) to ensure equitable French/English online presence
- Leverage resources to support the development of plain language research summaries in English and French
- Identify and leverage resources (e.g. KMb Unit at York University) that can support KMb training opportunities/associated events for students/non-academic partners.
- Gather and organize content for regular bi-lingual newsletter providing project updates to all partners
- Supervising a graphic design work study assistant, ensure a strong web/social media profile/presence for the project/actively including - event announcements - podcasts - web-based publications.
- Develop tools that will help academic partners prepare journal articles, edited collections, and conference presentation
- Develop appropriate materials related to research findings that can assist in conversations with policy makers, service providers, and other stakeholders.
- Develop metrics related to KMb activities and outcomes that will be monitored.
- Identify media opportunities/develop media strategy to assist in expanded coverage/profile for the project.
- Assist with preparation of an annual report by reporting and evaluating knowledge mobilization activities and proposing strategies for the upcoming year.

- Assist with preparation of financial information for project partners and for the Final Report.
- With Financial Assistant and PI, assists project partners in preparation of Annual Partner Report tracking cash and in-kind contributions.

Skills/Specialized Knowledge:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
- Proven ability to exercise good judgement, take initiative and work independently
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal courteously and effectively with people
- Excellent management skills and knowledge related to academic projects and grants, especially familiarity with SSHRC reporting requirements
- Strong abilities to access and mobilize resources in the university setting
- Familiarity with innovative and effective knowledge mobilization for academic projects
- Track record working with multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral research partnerships
- Demonstrated advanced skills in MS Office, advanced skill and experience in web design (good knowledge of HTML).
- Good working knowledge of Mailchimp, Eventbrite, and other cloud computing tools.
- Demonstrated experience using and instructing on the use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube) required, preferably in a research environment.
- Ability to work with databases and web content management systems.
- Demonstrated ability to use Google analytics and other web metrics
- Bilingual in French and English essential
- M.A. with Ph.D. preferred
- 3-5 years of related experience in an academic environment and at least 1 year of experience with plain language communication, either in a university research administrative environment or in the equivalent in government, NGO, community or voluntary agency, in a research or policy environment.
- Demonstrated experience with research about immigration and settlement in Canada preferred
- Knowledge of government agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in immigration and settlement in Quebec and Ontario preferred

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

York University is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment. York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.
Date Posted: 
Wed, Oct 9 2019
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How to Apply: 
If you are interested, please apply through Charity Village:
Fri, Nov 1 2019
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