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EDI Project Manager

University of Alberta

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted September 11, 2022.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

This posting is open to current employees at the University of Alberta only.

Please indicate your internal status using the “Advertisement” drop down menu when applying.

This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement , this position has an annual salary range of $58,210 to $80,050.

This position is not eligible for benefits.

This position has an initial appointment of 24 months .

Working for the University of Alberta The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day.

We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200 undergraduate and 500 graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary Psychiatry is a department in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Our department couples basic science with clinical research to promote world-class investigations on issues relevant to mental health.

We have an active training program for psychiatry residents, with input from psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals from the University of Alberta Hospital, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Misericordia Hospital and Alberta Hospital Edmonton.

We also offer separate MSc and PhD programs for graduate students (there are also available to psychiatry residents).

The Department also has a diverse group of outstanding scientists who are internationally recognized.

These scientists are carrying out some of the leading-edge research in neuropsychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.

Position Summary Improving the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), as well as the overall social climate of the Department of Psychiatry has become an area of critical concern.

Over the past several years, students, residents, and staff in the department have reported concerningly high levels of mistreatment and a lack of transparency.

This situation seems to have worsened in the recent past, likely due to do both internal factors (e.g., workplace stress and discrimination) and external factors (COVID-19), which have presumably exacerbated existing issues.

These problems in the department have culminated in the department being at risk of losing its residency program, the departure of staff, and a fragmented site overall.

In response, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has asserted that faculty should “know how to respond in the moment when they witness or experience mistreatment, racism, discrimination or professionalism concerns in the clinical and learning settings”.

While laudable, it is unclear how realistic this expectation may be.

Individuals report low levels of competency in handling such disputes, and difficulties maintaining engagement.

This has led to a situation where mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, and burnout) are being reported more frequently, presumably leading to higher attrition rates, and potentially less-engaged psychiatrists entering the profession.

Duties Carrying out high level research activities under the direction of the Chair, including: Setting research program objectives in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for EDI research activities across sites; Preparing proposals for new research activities, including assisting in the preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals (collecting information from investigators, maintaining timelines, and delineating all tasks required to complete the grant on time); Overseeing research projects including ethics preparation and submission (initial and annual updates), selection of the most appropriate research methods (development of data collection protocols and procedures), and project implementation (adherence to proposed timeliness, data collection, data entry, and analysis); Overseeing budgetary and administrative requirements of research projects to ensure compliance with granting agencies and the University of Alberta (Research Services Office) policies and procedures; Providing written documentation of research progress to Principal Investigator(s) and Program Chair; Conducting quality analysis and quality assurance on research operations, methodology, etc.; Collaborating on the writing of research papers and publications in refereed journals; Presentation of research results at scientific conferences, symposia, and stakeholder meetings; presentations to community-based organizations; Providing guidance and coaching of students and supervising research assistants and post-doctoral fellows under the direction of the Program Chair; Conducting other related administrative duties related to research at a managerial level; and Fostering good communications and fostering partnerships among potential collaborators at the University and in the community.

Minimum Qualifications 10
– 15 years research experience; training in the social sciences (i.e., group phenomena) is an asset; A broad knowledge of research methodology and statistics, encompassing both quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling; signal detection theory); Experience in evaluation and continuous quality improvement (CQI); Experience with adult education (e.g., “train the trainer” type programs, etc.) A demonstrated track record of publications; Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, with a background in trauma-informed approaches, and a focus on team-building; A record of strong organizational and time management skills; Experience in the Alberta mental health policy and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on victim support, especially dealing with marginalized communities; and Leadership and cooperation within a team environment.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.