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Research Grants Development Officer, CSM Grants, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 19174

Updated: September 3, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of CSM Grants in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Grants Development Officer. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Grants Development Officer will work as part of a team in the Grant Development Office of the Office of Associate Dean Research (OADR) in the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and report to the Senior Specialist, Grant Development and Facilitation.

The Research Grants Development Officer (RGDO) provides leadership to support external research grants across all four pillars of health research. This position is responsible for effectively planning, managing and communicating requirements for the submission of CIHR priority grants, not-for-profit agency grants, as well as developing a program of support for new faculty in grant development. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Will identify and communicate collaborative opportunities between members of Departments, Research Institutes, and external partners (i.e. Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Networks), as appropriate
  • Will work closely with the team in the Grant Development Office as required to promote and coordinate application and submission of grants focusing on research falling within health research pillars 2-4
  • Coordinate and initiate interactions between potential applicants and develop collaborations to respond to new funding opportunities as they arise the RGDO will host seminars and information sessions, workshops, one-on-one meetings, and small group (team) meetings, as appropriate
  • Provide leadership for development of successful proposals that will include coordination and management of applicants, recruiting internal and external reviewers, identifying and advising on potential matching/in-kind funds & budgetary considerations, provide criteria and editorial review of the application, and other activities aimed at improving the competitiveness, timely preparation and submission of funding proposals
  • Coordinate support with Departmental and CSM Institute research support staff, Alberta Health Services (AHS) Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN), and other external partners, as required, to streamline grant development initiatives by multi-investigator teams
  • In partnership with their manager, the RGDO will be responsible for researching and developing a program of support for early career researchers with the purpose of enhancing their skills and knowledge base in grant writing and development
  • Attend training opportunities that arise in grant development and research administration to maintain continued education
  • Team Building
    • Devise and promote new ways to increase collaborative research interactions within CSM and outside of the university to increase research competitiveness, particularly for research falling within health research pillars 2-4
    • Become familiar with research areas and programs of faculty members and CSM research institutes through participation in institute research days, one-on-one or small group sessions to facilitate targeting of specific grant opportunities
    • Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor, senior management, and with the campus community
       
  • Strategic Grant Development
    • Provide leadership in providing strategic development of grant proposals for faculty research
    • Provide editorial and criteria review to ensure research is communicated effectively in line with University and funding agency policy/guidelines
    • Managing Internal Peer Review (IPR) for competitions within profile
  • Communication
    • Keep apprised and communicate new and emerging funding opportunities to all stakeholders (i.e. faculty members, teams, and research support staff within institutes/departments), as appropriate
    • Host seminars and information sessions, workshops, one-on-one meetings, and small group (team) meetings
    • Work in concert with the CSM OADR and University Research Services Office to coordinate research grant submissions in line with University of Calgary policies and procedures (i.e. internal approvals)
    • Recognize and protect sensitive information contained in grant proposals, including confidential research plans, intellectual property, and faculty, staff and graduate student salary details
    • Recognize the impact of mishandling such information in terms of liability, potential loss of research funding and reputational damage to CSM and the University of Calgary
  • Program Development
    • Researching and developing a program of support for early career researchers with the purpose of enhancing their skills and knowledge base in identifying and securing grant support and grant development.  Additional support/programming will be developed to enhance awareness of post award considerations and supports

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree, required. Postgraduate training in a related area is an advantage
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in Research and Development, in building collaborative research teams and multi-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional research proposals for tri-council agencies as well as provincial, national and international agencies
  • Clinical research environment experience considered an asset
  • Training in grant writing/development necessary
  • Those with strong knowledge of the UofC research landscape, including research administrative units, given priority
  • Knowledge of knowledge translation and/or implementation science, particularly in partnership with provincial health units (i.e. Alberta Health Services)
  • Experience and knowledge of patient oriented research is an asset
  • Proven mastery of English grammar, excellent oral/written communication is required
  • Ability to give effective presentations is necessary
  • Program planning experience is necessary
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Ability to deconstruct program guidelines into clear descriptions of actions and essential steps for faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, act decisively and to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment on a wide range of issues, using discretion and maintaining confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and within a team, and adapt to multiple competing priorities to develop new initiatives and program directions as needed
  • A combination of education, training and experience may be considered
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)

Application Deadline:  October 2, 2019

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 Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

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 about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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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 professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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