Employment Opportunities



This position is accountable to Dr. Caroline Tait and Dr. Mansfield Mela, Department of Psychiatry.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the scheduling and supervision of Drs. Tait’s and Mela’s research teams.  This person will be responsible for supervising all aspects of the research, financial and clerical duties, and maintaining appropriate staffing levels based on available budget and team workload. This is a one year term full time position, beginning 1 June 2014. Salary range offered is  $45,770 to $71,517, dependent on the applicant’s experience.


  • Provision of general administrative support, including writing institutional cover letters for applications, dealing with requests from sponsors for award agreements, disbursement and/or receipt of funds to/from partner institutions and correspondence regarding inter-institutional award agreements.
  • Facilitates the development and submission of grant applications.  This includes ensuring the deadlines and requirements for submission are met, development for review by researcher(s) of budget(s) for eligibility and accuracy.  In addition, the incumbent creates a separate fund account for each successful award and administers the award for the duration.
  • Responsible for overseeing submission of financial reports as required, ensuring the process accuracy, completeness and adherence to guidelines for preparation of the reports.
  • Act as a resource person to internal clients (faculty, researchers, research assistants) to ensure that the research administrative role is carried out promptly, accurately and effectively
  • Develop and sustain contact with community partners in projects.  Be “first contact” person for community partners
  • Ensure research objectives as laid out in grants continue to be met and that research moves forward.
  • Maintain complete and accurate files for each award, including all documents received from the sponsor.
  • Maintains archives of correspondence and oversees the secure storage of data.
  • Coordinates and prepares material for research projects and management meeting; may include room and/or catering bookings, preparing agendas, minute taking and distribution, etc.
  • Oversee research/office staff, approve schedules and holidays and liaison with HR
  • Set schedules and assignments for all office staff.  Supervise day to day work and provide feedback
  • Maintain general office supplies, research and other project equipment as required.
  • Conduct literature searches; literature synthesis as required
  • Prepare presentations to sponsors, community groups and other interested parties as required
  • Provide writing support, editing and other research support as necessary
  • Provide or oversee data analysis and write community reports and scholarly publications
  • Under the direction of Drs. Tait and Mela, develop budgets for grant applications and oversee the administrations of budgets of successful grant
  • Assist in the preparation of research reports for both community and academic audiences, and participate in all areas of research
  • Prepare budget projections for grants and other funding agencies as needed

SKILLS: Ability to exercise independent initiative and work collaboratively with academic and administrative staff; the ability to work well in a team environment; exceptional planning and organizational skills; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of research policies and processes; extensive knowledge of qualitative research methods.  Knowledge of indigenous governance, cultures, languages, community based research and indigenous health is an asset. Applicant must have a Master’s degree in the social sciences or equivalent experience.


Please send a resume, cover letter including three references and writing sample to:

Shelley-May Neufeld
Research Assistant for Dr. Caroline Tait