Research Manager

ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory)

5-Year Term Position*

Position Summary

A Research Manager (RM) is required for the ECHO Network which is a 5-year research program that brings together national and international partners to: (1) create and operate an Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) that strengthens intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development, and (2) use the ECHO platform to help regional programs make critical decisions on cumulative determinants of health that cannot be achieved by the health sector alone.

The RM will support the ECHO Network to turn the research plan into accountable and effective action through a wide variety of operational, research, and administrative support services which include: project and financial management; organizational development; and supervisory tasks. The RM will be a leader who ensures that project activities are consistent with the research plan; detects and reduces risks to the project, including conflict management; facilitates and coordinates projects activities; and leads on communicating project activities and results internally as well as to the funder and other relevant knowledge users.

* The RM Position is a full-time position (35 hours a week) for 5 years subject to a 3-month trial period, annual reviews and ongoing funding. The position must be held in Prince George, BC.

The project management office will be located at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) under the supervision of project co-lead, Dr. Margot Parkes, in close collaboration with other project leads.

Project Background

The ECHO Network: (1) is an interdisciplinary group of over 50 people across Canada including experienced health, environmental and social science researchers and practitioners; and (2) includes four regional cases (in New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia and Northern BC). In each regional case, knowledge-users have identified decision-support needs that demand a better integration of environment, community and health impacts. Regional cases involve a combination of health, environment and community organisations, linked with researchers at UNBC, Université de Moncton, University of Alberta, and Simon Fraser University. The project is administered through UNBC. The ECHO will provide tools and processes that connect people to a network of information, practices and people to develop a shared perspective and more
effective responses to the cumulative impacts of resource development. The research will involve four components, each linked to specific objectives, mentorship and capacity building processes over five years. The ECHO Network also involves a wider network of collaborations and partnerships across other parts of Canada and internationally.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership: The RM will work collaboratively with the research team to ensure that the objectives of the project are met; participate in the hiring of research staff and trainees, providing them with mentorship, leadership and supervision; provide training to research assistants and other personnel (e.g. related to computer programs, data analysis, interviewing); and foster constructive collaborative relationships and interactions with research partners, spanning government, community, First Nations and research colleagues.
Management: The RM’s key management responsibilities are to: track project progress against objectives; detect, evaluate and remedy deviations from the project plan and project conflicts; monitor the project status and prepare status reports; facilitate and actively participate in team meetings (e.g. providing regular updates on research activities); interface with relevant universities, institutions and other partners to harmonize and troubleshoot institutional needs for ethics, financial accountability, and other various tasks; monitor and manage research budget and implement cost-effective measures to optimize budget; human resource management of project staff; office management including maintenance of project files and resources; and daily management of research activities and budget.
Communication: The RM will coordinate knowledge translation and exchange activities throughout the research, with responsibilities to; organize meetings and outreach activities with relevant research partners; contribute to generating updates, preparing reports and publications; establish effective communications with project staff and research leads; and ensure timely notification of project leads regarding issues, problems and opportunities.

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires a strong networking background with experience in research implementation, building relationships with diverse research partners, knowledge translation and exchange, as well as excellent leadership, communication, and organizational skills. We are interested in candidates with demonstrated expertise in environment, community and health services fields and ability to work with colleagues from different disciplines and sectors. Preference will be given to those with experience in research team management. Additional qualifications include:
• Masters degree and/or relevant work experience
• Six years of recent, related experience
• Strong understanding of challenges implementing and integrating qualitative and quantitative research approaches
• Experience managing multi-year projects and/or networks that involve multiple partners from different sectors and institutions
• Experience with research ethics requirements
• Significant leadership and management experience in financial management, supervision, and project management, implementation, analysis, report/grant writing
• Exceptional communication skills, both in writing and verbally, and including the ability to chair committees/meetings and present findings/results. Being able to communicate both in French and English will be considered an asset.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive relationships and strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
• Demonstrated leadership and/or mentoring skills
• Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to prioritize multiple requests and meet tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Deadline for Applications is Thursday February 16th. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, and names of three references to:
Margot W Parkes, MBChB, MAS, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society
Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences,
University of Northern British Columbia,
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9, Canada
Traditional Territory of the Lheidli T’enneh
Tel: +1(250) 960-681, Fax: +1(250) 960-5744
Email: parkesm@unbc.ca, www.unbc.ca/parkes and ecohealthkta.net
Gestionnaire de la recherche - Réseau ECHO (Observatoire environnement, communauté et santé)