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Posting ID : 4492
Apply By : 9/22/2014
Position Title : Research Facilitator, Brantford
Department : Office of Research Services
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Director: Research Services
Position Summary : The Research Facilitator (Brantford) administers the program and policies which relate to the University's internal and external research activities for all Brantford faculty. S/he is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high value/impact research opportunities to Brantford faculty members, assisting them with grant development and advising on compliance with external regulations. The incumbent is responsible for increasing the number and dollar value of successful funding opportunities year over year and for providing expert advice and guidance to faculty in the completion of research applications. This incumbent will maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements, and will be able to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise. S/he will be expected to be encourage partnership and collaboration opportunities, and to recognize opportunities for leveraging relationships across the university and with external sectors. This includes identifying and qualifying prospects, as well as cultivating, soliciting and stewarding opportunities with corporations and foundation in support of faculty-specific needs and priorities. The incumbent will have a strong sense of the timelines involved in funding applications, and will initiate faculty contacts and awareness in a timely manner and will have hands-on familiarity with the requirements of the funding agencies. S/he works closely with staff in the Office of Research Services on the Waterloo campus. The incumbent develops and maintains a strong liaison relationship with granting agencies and Brantford faculty in the administration of applications, procedures and award notification.
This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Brantford Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, the Brantford Campus, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.
Accountabilities : • Identify, analyze and assess funding opportunities for revenue and success potential. Promote and advertise best value opportunities to faculty in all research disciplines.
• Maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements, and will be able to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise
• Identify and contact potential international partners, initiate and set up meetings between Laurier faculty and potential partners to develop joint grant applications and research partnerships.
• Act as key advisor to the Brantford research community on various funding agency requirements and deadlines, including political and financial considerations.
• Prepares and delivers workshops on grant opportunities and strategies for success.
• Assist researchers and/or research teams in the preparation and submission of funding agency applications and processes.
• Review and interpret feedback regarding unsuccessful grants with researchers to assist in strengthening future funding applications.
• Monitor project progress and intervene as necessary.
• Independently handle non-routine and/or larger scale funding opportunities.
• Monitor and report on faculty research developments with a view to leveraging key areas of activity into research proposals and revenue growth.
• As necessary, assume responsibility for planning, developing, editing, and disseminating project reports, presentations as well as other project information and communications.
• Responsible for the administration of the Laurier internal grants program including providing information about suitable opportunities, reviewing for eligibility after submission, and following up with potential external grant opportunities.
• Maintains departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.
Qualifications : • PhD in the social sciences.
• Three years’ experience in building collaborative research teams and multi-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional research proposals for provincial, national and international agencies.
• Related experience in the development of research proposals, publications, grant applications and/or contracts.
• Experience in budget development.
• Related knowledge in conducting and designing research programs and in research methodologies
• Exceptional knowledge of successful grant application procedures and granting agency requirements.
• Experience in fostering effective communication within and among groups
• Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Detail oriented, resourceful, innovative, flexible, accessible
• Proven capacity to excel in an independent, highly confidential, ever-changing work environment
• Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills
• Very strong editorial and documentation skills especially in relation to technical documents
• Experience in using word processing, spreadsheet, database and Internet applications and tools.
Grade : EX-H
Salary : $61,800 - $69,070
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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