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Research Officer, VP Research

Job ID: 21757

Updated: November 18, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The VP Research portfolio is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Research Officer for approximately 12 months, with the possibility of extension. 

The Research Officer will report to the Research Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives.  This position will have oversight and administrative responsibility for a wide range of strategic opportunities with a high volume of work.  This role is responsible for providing advisory and administrative support to the Human Dynamics in a Changing World Strategic Research Theme, as well as components of the Urban Alliance strategic research partnership.  This role calls for project management, sound judgment and ability to understand a dynamic, multifaceted initiative.

The nature of work requires management of multiple simultaneous deadlines, the handling of highly complex and confidential issues and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders. There is a tight timeline for the work, a wide diversity of responsibilities and complexity of work.  The Research Officer will be responsible for the successful implementation of the Human Dynamics International Review, coordinating closely with other units across campus.  

This position requires the ability to work independently, very strong time management skills, and superior organizational and communication skills.  The position may consult with and seek advice from the Research Coordinato, Strategic Initiatives on complex issues, but carries out day-to-day operational responsibilities with independence and latitude. 

Position Description

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

Strategic (70%)

  • Provides strategic expertise and leadership to support the Human Dynamics in a Changing World Strategic Research Theme
  • Provides strategic expertise and leadership to support some components of the Urban Alliance strategic research partnership, notably performance tracking and student experiential learning
  • Researches and composes documents, proposals, reports, policy and customed documents for the Office of the Vice-President (Research)
  • Works with other units to gather, analyse and visualize data
  • Supports research program benchmarking and continual improvement processes with data analysis, research into current trends, and development of recommendations based on input from faculty members and external stakeholders

Operational (30%)

  • Oversees collection and retention of business critical data, such as data required for the purposes of completing the Human Dynamics in a Changing World international Review Process
  • Organizes and leads effective workshops
  • Acts as a senior resource to faculty members and external stakeholders affiliated with the Human Dynamics in a Changing World Strategic Research Theme, and with the Urban Alliance research partnership
  • Oversees effective communication between experiential learning course instructors, students and City of Calgary partners

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree is required, combined with significant related, progressive experience in an academic environment, especially in management, project development and administrative support
  • Solid knowledge of University policies relating to research and training is required, along with an understanding of federal and provincial funding agencies
  • Demonstrable experience or interest in supporting research and training-related activities
  • High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing workloads and priorities required  
  • Ability to provide accurate information professionally, courteously and in a timely manner, respecting appropriate confidentialities, is required
  • Must be a fast learner, able to work independently with appropriate instruction and minimal supervision
  • Good working knowledge of University business systems including PeopleSoft as well as Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and SharePoint) is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong time management, organizational and interpersonal skills are required
  • Sound decision-making capabilities required
  • Previous experience with report writing and data collection is required
  • Strong quantitative ability, including the ability to organize, analyze, summarize and present complex data using spreadsheet software and similar tools
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team within a large, complex, and dynamic organization
  • Previous experience working within a post-secondary institution or similar organization is preferred
  • Several years of demonstrated experience in a research environment, preferably at a major university, and in administrative procedures and computer applications would be considered a strong asset
  • Ability to organize and lead effective workshops and information sessions would be considered a strong asset

Application Deadline:  November 25, 2020

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

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

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.

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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