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Indigenous Health Research Associate, Indigenous, Local & Global Health, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26752

Updated: September 19, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

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, Region III.

Position Overview

The Office of Indigenous, Local & Global Health in the Cumming School of Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Indigenous Health Research Associate for approximately 1 year.

The position reports to the Manager, ILGH, with accountability and under the strategic leadership of the Assistant Dean, Indigenous, and the ILGH Indigenous team.

In consultation with the Assistant Dean, ILGH, and the Project Manager, the Research Associate will support the Indigenous group's research projects, working independently to develop and lead projects, supporting multiple investigators, and engaging with Elders and Indigenous communities to capture new data and develop a knowledge exchange platform that will enable health literacy interventions, and mobilize a body of Indigenous knowledge.  The Research Associate is responsible for the planning and design, and project management including data collection and analysis, and project administration.

Engagement is a key responsibility of the role and the associate will be experienced and culturally safe in building a welcoming and safe space, developing and nurturing relationships, and ensuring the Indigenization, lived experiences and reconciliation, and reciprocal capacity development are reflected in all research.  Initial key responsibilities are to support the researcher's delivering on our Indigenous Health Education Pathways to Healing initiative and managing the Toxic Stress project.

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):

  • Project Management
    • Works with the Indigenous project team and investigators in the development of a research and evaluation framework incorporating an Indigenous lens
    • Bridges Indigenous ways of knowing and Western principles of qualitative inquiry when developing culturally appropriate research methods
    • Undertakes research activities including the design and methodology, collection, analysis, and evaluations with a strong focus on relational community engagement
    • Coordinates and undertakes data collection (e.g., survey based, literature reviews, interviews, focus groups and sharing circles, and engaging with Elders and communities)
    • Works with project teams to contribute ideas and assist with developing evaluation frameworks
    • Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data and data sets; interpreting data and developing conclusions based on the analyses and interpretation of data into themes, preparing specialized reports for the Indigenous team and other partner groups utilizing communication and research tools
    • Support knowledge translation strategy by developing a range of products including presentations (oral, poster, storytelling, video, etc.), academic and community reports (print and online formats)
    • Manages and ensures effective and accurate data management
  • Project Administration
    • Coordinates engagement with Indigenous Elders and community, incorporating Indigenous ways and knowing to create a safe space for knowledge exchange
    • Network among established and new Indigenous Health researchers
    • Prepares pre-community documents and information packages for engagement activities
    • Facilitates the dissemination of information and knowledge related to projects, programs, and initiatives under the identified mandate areas through a variety of vehicles
    • Develops and fosters relationships with key internal and external stakeholders necessary to build networks and support projects
    • Assist with the preparation of abstracts, reports, manuscripts, and presentations
    • Review and analyze funding proposals for the Indigenous team and coordinates grant applications
    • Generates various reports and presentations on behalf of the research team to be used when presenting to various internal/external stakeholders.  Assists with presenting (e.g. conferences, meetings) as required and interested
    • Planning research activities and providing input to research design and methodology
    • Establish and maintain good communication and working relationships with the ILGH team, research collaborators, Elders and community partners, and other stakeholders

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Masters' degree required in healthcare or related field; Ph.D. preferred
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in healthcare research preferred, with experience handling complex research projects and knowledge of conducting culturally safe community-based research with Indigenous people through participation in research and/or research implementation
  • Knowledge about the Indigenous peoples, including culture, health issues, social, economic, and political issues affecting Indigenous communities, to support and facilitate improved relations with Indigenous residents and organizations
  • Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants, however strong consideration will be given to candidates who are non-Indigenous persons with demonstrated strong expertise; knowledge, and experience in Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being, Indigenous Health, and education
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and be self-directed skills
  • Ability to think strategically and respond quickly to multiple priorities and deadlines. The candidate will have an analytical mind, and the ability to adapt and be creative in addressing complex issues
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Demonstrated understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Applied knowledge of interview, focus group, survey design methods, and multivariate analysis an asset
  • Strong communicator, with the ability to effectively engage with and track and develop responses to pressing community issues
  • Ability to set priorities, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and deliver high-quality results
  • Demonstrated success in handling multiple responsibilities and deliverables and supporting multiple investigators
  • A strong sense of teamwork, professionalism, and customer focus
  • Experience in assisting with writing, proof-reading, and editing grants, grant reports, and peer reviewed journal articles
  • Excellent computer skills are required

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2022

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 TechnicalJob Family, Phase II.

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 Cumming School of Medicine.

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

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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]).

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

 

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