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Posting ID : 2366
Apply By : 3/27/2013
Position Title : Research Facilitator (Institutional grants and awards)
Department : Research Services
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director, Research Services
Position Summary : The Research Facilitator (Institutional programs and awards) is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high value/impact research institutional research opportunities. 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. The incumbent is also responsible for the university’s research award portfolio. This includes researching award opportunities, working with relevant groups to identify candidates for awards, and developing nomination packages. The incumbent will have a strong sense of the timelines involved in funding applications, will initiate faculty contacts and awareness in a timely manner and will have hands-on familiarity with the requirements of the funding agencies.
Accountabilities :
  • Identify, analyze and assess institutional research funding opportunities for revenue and success potential. Promote and advertise best value opportunities to faculty across all disciplines. Has specific responsibility for Canada Research Chairs, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Excellence Research Chairs, Early Researcher Awards, and similar programs with institutional matching components.
  • Assist researchers and/or research teams in the preparation and submission of funding agency applications and processes.
  • Act as key advisor to the university’s research community on various funding agency requirements and deadlines, including political and financial considerations.
  • Manage the research awards portfolio, which includes working with appropriate parties at the university to identify faculty who are eligible for awards and honours such as the Royal Society of Canada. Is responsible for the development of nomination packages, including crafting sections related to the “fit” of the candidate for the award, institutional environment and support, and soliciting reference letters.
  • Prepare and deliver workshops on grant and award opportunities and strategies for success.
  • 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.
  • Maintain departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.
Qualifications :
  • Master’s degree in a research discipline.
  • 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 : WLUSA-08
Salary : 30.27 - $35.62
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position from May 1, 2013 to Oct 31, 2014.
Please Note :

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


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



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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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