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Research Coordinator, School of Public Policy

Job ID: 19125

Updated: September 12, 2019

Location: Downtown Campus

Position Overview

The School of Public Policy invites applications for a Research Coordinator . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The School of Public Policy (the School) is Canada's leading policy school. The School was founded in 2008 by renowned economist Jack Mintz with a vision to drive policy discourse with relevant research, outreach and teaching. The School of Public Policy provides a practical, global and focused perspective on public policy analysis and practice in four focus areas: Fiscal and Economic Policy, Social and Health Policy, Energy and Environmental Policy, and International Policy and Trade. The School achieves its mandate through integrated activity across its academic programming, research portfolio and extensive outreach.

The Energy and Environmental Policy Research Division (EEP) at the School of Public Policy undertakes policy research and analysis across a wide variety of policy issues. Areas of focus include energy and environmental literacy, emissions pricing, indigenous policy, energy regulation, infrastructure development, and market access.

The position reports to the Scientific Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, and involves coordination of research focused on energy and environmental policy as well as support of community engagement activities at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. The position entails coordinating research programming, research projects and outreach activity, as well as undertaking team-based research, in a fast-moving and changing environment often involving multiple stakeholders. Peak times will occur near deadlines for reporting analysis and results to project stakeholders. Presentation and communication of research and research results to a variety of audiences and in different venues will also be involved (i.e. presentations at conferences, workshops, team meetings as well as in various written publications). The incumbent works on multiple projects, meeting multiple simultaneous deadlines throughout the year.

On occasion there may be the need to work outside of regular hours as well as travel within Canada.

Position Description

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

The Research Coordinator will split their time amongst research portfolio coordination, research, and outreach. These splits should be considered a guideline for time management, and may be adjusted by the Scientific Director as program needs change. While their time will be primarily spent on EEP projects, the Research Associate may also be involved in projects led by other research divisions.

  • Duties (may include any of the following and other duties as required)
  • Assist in the development of multi-year strategic plans that anticipate policy changes and link research activities from year to year
  • Organize time effectively so that results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines.
  • Assist in the development of funding applications
  • Assist in completion of stewardship reports
  • Apply analytical skills for the collection, formatting, analysis and effective presentation of data. Includes comparing and/or validating results with established literature.
  • Collaborate regularly and closely with others (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) as required or to conduct research, obtain and verify results.
  • Regularly update project team on data collection and analysis, as well as prepares and presents reports of these results using excellent technical writing skills.
  • Represent the School of Public Policy externally
  • Support execution of Northern Corridor Program outputs and deliverables
  • Complete other tasks as required

Research Portfolio Coordination

  • Work closely with the Scientific Director of Energy and Environmental Policy and program directors in organizing research agenda
  • Coordinate and supports the development and execution of annual research programs
  • Support and monitors the project development and approval process, including key deadlines
  • Develop timelines and research criteria for varied research projects
  • Liaise with external research contractors, as needed, on behalf of the EEP Scientific Director, as well as the EEP program directors
  • Track EEP activities, outputs and impacts
  • Contribute to preparation of EEP stewardship reports, and reviews stewardship reports for accuracy
  • Develop EEP program overview documentation, including website content
  • Coordinate and assists with developing a range of research-related activities including conferences, symposia, and other programming
  • Liaise with faculty, students and stakeholders as appropriate for successful completion of research work.
  • Contribute to the development of grant applications and donor pursuit material
  • Make recommendations to policy or procedural changes to increase the operational efficiency of EEP and SPP objectives.
  • Assist in the establishment and organization of program advisory councils and committees
  • Responsible for CFREB ethics approval, both assisting with the development of ethics applications and developing information for remittance to CFREB.
  • Maintain database of contacts and stakeholders
  • Perform administrative duties as required


  • Regularly contributes to collaborative research projects
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of policy issues in energy and environmental policy, including research question definition.
  • Support the development of academic publications, and particularly The School of Public Policy Publications
  • Prepare literature reviews, briefing documents, background reports, research papers, applied research, presentations and other research products
  • Work independently and applies analytical skills for the collection, formatting and analysis of data. Includes comparing and/or validating results with established literature
  • Organize time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines
  • Provide technical expertise to other team researchers, which may include research assistants and student researchers
  • Data analysis involves basic spreadsheet analysis and more sophisticated modelling, as well as graphic representation of conclusions and results.
  • Result assessment undertakes a careful and insightful evaluation and interpretation of all analytical results.
  • Development and communication of policy implications and recommendations, provides an evaluation of all policy implications of the results, and develops carefully considered recommendations for practical and effective policy responses.
  • Contribute to design and execution of community-based research projects

Communication / Teamwork / Outreach

  • Collaborate regularly and closely with EEP team members (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) as required to conduct research, obtain and verify results, and to assist research related outreach activities associated with the program
  • Present research and findings to interested parties (i.e. presentations at conferences and workshops, media interviews)
  • Update and/or maintains external communications (email correspondence and project website)
  • Assist in the establishment and organization of program advisory councils and committees
  • Interact frequently with internal and external stakeholders in the area of research to maintain strong working relationships and ensure that research is conducted in a timely manner. This includes gathering information and sharing research findings with stakeholders as needed

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of at least a Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, geography, political science, international affairs, or related area with a focus on energy and environment policy issues, with a strong preference for a Master's degree
  • 2-4 years research and project management experience is highly desirable or at least 1 year of research experience in a related field
  • Knowledge of energy and environmental systems and regulation is an asset
  • Experience with research initiatives in a University setting is an asset
  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative research skills is an asset
  • Experience with community-based research and engagement is an asset
  • Experience with small group facilitation is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Work independently with little direction and applies analytical skills for the collection, formatting, analysis and effective presentation of research data
  • Proficiency in relevant technical software (statistical, graphics, web and database tools, etc.) in addition to Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrates personal initiative, sound judgement, innovation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple simultaneous priorities in an effective, efficient manner
  • Require strong organizational and time management skills, accuracy, strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact respectfully with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Ability to follow established procedures, but also displays ability to be innovative with respect to suggesting new procedures/evaluation methods
  • Ability to expertly navigate difficult situations with multiple strategic dimensions, while building positive relationships with and between colleagues, clients and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to act with discretion and handle confidential material
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to plan, organize and deliver numerous outputs in a collaborative work environment
  • A relevant combination of skills and experience will be considered

Application Deadline: September 16, 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 Technical Job 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 .

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