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Project Manager, Community Engagement and Partnerships, Owerko Centre and Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP)

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Job ID: 12883

Updated: June 2, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Owerko Centre and The Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) invite applications for a Project Manager, Community Engagement and Partnerships. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Owerko Centre is a research and education hub within the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and a partner in the University of Calgary Eyes High Brain and Mental Health theme led by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). The Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) is a campus-wide initiative that draws on multiple faculties, including Arts, Kinesiology, and Medicine, with support from both ACHRI and HBI.

This position reports to the Directors of the Owerko Centre and ICRP, and will lead the development of community engagement activities, major new programs, initiatives and partnerships of strategic importance for both the Owerko Centre and the ICRP.

Position Description

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

  • In collaboration with the Centre's academic leaders, lead the development of the Owerko Centre strategic and implementation plans, including developing and leading consultation processes and writing strategies
  • In collaboration with the ICRP's scientific leaders, lead the development of the proposed Network of Centres of Excellence, including developing and leading consultation processes and writing strategies
  • Manage project teams during the development of initiatives and programs
  • Identify and facilitate new research and strategic collaborations and partnerships within the University, the local community, the province and nationally. Work with the Owerko Centre and ICRP researchers to identify major partnership opportunities
  • Directly contribute to an increase in the quantity and quality of Owerko Centre and ICRP applications being prepared for strategic collaboration, partnership opportunities and funding
  • Responsible for making recommendations to policy and procedure which govern the research project or team objectives and implementation of any changes
  • Establish and maintain an extensive network of direct contacts within ACHRI, HBI, the Cumming School of Medicine, the University, relevant funding agencies and partner organizations
  • Represent the Owerko Centre and ICRP to internal and external stakeholders
  • Prepare and present presentations and other communications on major projects, initiatives and strategic plans for internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicate complex topics and research to a spectrum of audiences, including government and lay audiences
  • Promote collaboration and knowledge translation with Institute members and partners
  • Support the Directors in partnership development and new funding opportunities for the advancement of the Owerko Centre's and ICRP's strategic priorities
  • Develop evaluation strategies for the Centre's and ICRP's major activities
  • Organize internal and external reviewers and sessions to implement evaluation plans, analyze outcomes and write reports
  • Develop and prepare presentations that describe the Owerko Centre's and ICRP's goals, achievements, programs and new directions for internal (e.g. town halls) and external (e.g. donor meetings) audiences
  • Develop and implement new processes, and identify and resolve issues associated with projects or programs
  • Carry out and synthesize background research as required
  • Full managerial discretion, including hiring, performance management, termination, etc. for 1-2 staff

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in a related discipline
  • 7 years of directly related experience
  • 5 years of project management experience, including developing and managing a network of professional contacts and related activities
  • 2 years of experience conducting primary (e.g. in person) and secondary (e.g. internet) background research
  • A combination of education, training, and experience will be considered
  • Interprets and applies, using own discretion, regulatory/compliance/scientific requirements
  • Expertise in change management and strategic planning
  • Ability to share knowledge and transfer own skills to the research team
  • Thorough understanding of research methods and ethics
  • Ability to develop and manage a budget
  • Demonstrated high-level written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate academic research aims and results to a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to mentor and coach others
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing environment, demonstrated adaptability
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations on strategic decisions
  • Ability to manage multiple project priorities and deliverables
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Behavioral or medical sciences training is an asset
  • Knowledge of University of Calgary culture, policies, procedures and operations an asset

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017

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 classified in the Research Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

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 Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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