Research Coordinator

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Research & Facilitation

Classification Title:
Research&Facilitation, Level A

Business Title:
Research Coordinator

Faculty of Medicine

Family Practice

Salary Range:
$53,019.00 (minimum) - $63,647.00 (midpoint) - $76,374.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:
Possibility of Extension:


Funding Type:
Grant Funded

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Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The RHSRNbc was established in May 2010, as part of an overall strategy to improve and expand health services research within British Columbia. Over the past 10 years, RHSRNbc has evolved to become an enabling structure to help researchers pursue research that align with their interests. Initiatives include providing funding opportunities, online resources, and fostering partnerships among health authorities, students, various health professionals, and universities to better support rural health services research. The goals of the Network are ultimately to enhance communication, collaboration, and capacity in rural health services. The Network is funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and is located within the Department of Family Practice.

The Research Network Coordinator will work with the Director, the RHSRNbc team, and other stakeholders to coordinate all activities related to projects at RHSRNbc. Activities will include supporting clients with the coordination of specific research projects, supporting health authorities research conferences, overseeing proposals and handling contracts for new research projects, representing the Network at events (e.g., presentation), as well as financial and administrative duties.

Activities will also consist of working with the Director to compile health administrative data (i.e., postal codes) to build on hospital catchment data. The existing data infrastructure will assist in the fundamental goals of the research network, which is to create a supportive infrastructure for health services research.

The Coordinator must make professional decisions and recommendations on all aspects of research work and will be responsible for the quality of administrative and research activities.

Organizational Status

The Research Network Coordinator will report directly to the Director, Dr. Stefan Grzybowski.
RHSRNbc Research Assistants or Work Learn students will report to the Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator will also communicate with the larger research teams as needed.

Work Performed

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for:
1. Planning, implementing and supporting all RHSRNbc projects and initiatives including events, workshops and activities. This includes but is not limited to:
a. Liaising with a variety of stakeholders at workshops, conferences and meetings (this includes physicians, academics and policy makers)
b. Liaising with network membership to facilitate requests for network support
c. Representing the RHSRNbc at provincial and national events
d. Writing monthly newsletters, quarterly updates and annual reports
e. Communicating with funder on RHSRNbc progress and deliverables
f. Managing the RHSRNbc budget and finances, in addition to general bookkeeping duties
g. Scanning, researching and synthesizing literature and events related to rural health services. This includes academic searches of online databases, and summarizing articles/findings in written reports
h. Supporting grant applications, which includes referencing support, formatting and editing
I. Creating new opportunities for the Network such as programs and potential partnerships
j. Coordinating and facilitating events such as workshops, conferences, and symposiums.

2. Creation of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Database:
a. Includes GIS mapping based on road travel times from rural health service facilities
b. Linkage with postal codes based on geo-data
c. Defining health service levels of rural facilities and communities
d. Recruiting researchers in the community to support the development of catchment files
e. Supporting researchers interested in using the developed database

3. Mentoring and supporting RHSRNbc members:
a. Selecting team award recipients and following through projects
b. Selecting Flex students to fund and following along their research projects' progress
c. Supporting researchers at different stages of their research projects: study design and development, ethics approval, finding funding agencies, proofreading documents such as grant applications
d. Investigating funding sources and sharing information with network members

4. Working collaboratively with others to meet the objectives of the research project by:
a. Leading research team meetings
b. Communicating with Director on daily workings of the Network (liaising between network members and Director)
c. Working with investigators on various research projects to define research strategy, goals and scope of project

5. Overseeing general office management with respect to the assigned research project by:
a. Ensuring adequate supplies are available
b. Managing the staffing requirements for hiring of research assistants, work-learn students, other support staff (writing job descriptions, screening applicants, participating in candidate selection, and conducting work performance evaluation, termination and discipline)
c. Ensuring that project files and accounts are set up and maintained
d. Planning and leading meetings
e. Managing budgets (including tracking, forecasting)
f. Overseeing financial transactions and working with the Department to ensure procedures are correctly followed
g. Communication with Office of Research Services to set up research accounts for new research projects

6. Performing other duties as required

Supervision Received

The Research Network Coordinator will work under the general direction of the Director, in conjunction with the research team of the assigned research projects. It is imperative that the Research Coordinator work collaboratively and with minimal supervision. S/he will act independently in performing defined duties and will alert the Director to any unusual situations, and will keep them advised of problems as they arise or are anticipated.

Supervision Given

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for supervising up to 2 Work Learn students. He/she will assign and oversee the progress and completion of student work plans. The incumbent may also be responsible for supervising summer students and/or facilitating the work of graduate students who complete short-term practicums with the research program.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The work of the Research Network Coordinator will be monitored by the Director. Errors or incorrect decisions could compromise the quality of the research, compromise the collegial relationships with partners and/or participants, result in delays in completing projects, and potentially impact the credibility of the Department and its investigators. The work of the Research Coordinator must be completed at a high level of accuracy and efficiency.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline in Health or Social Sciences preferred. Knowledge of working with rural populations an asset. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to health services research. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in supervising staff and managing teams. Extensive experience in working with multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams. Experience with successfully managing multi-phase research projects in a multi-disciplinary environment, through to completion. . Experience with Financial Management System (FMS) an asset but not required. Some travel may be required. Computer and data analysis skills (Word processing, Excel, NVivo, Mendeley, SPSS). Ability to be flexible and resourceful. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to exercise initiative and innovative thinking. Ability to effectively manage, supervise, and train community-based research assistants. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.