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Research Associate, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI)

Limited Term Position

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, St. George Campus invites applications for a
Research Associate Limited Term Appointment.  The University of
Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and
especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members,
women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual
minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further
diversification of ideas.  All qualified candidates are encouraged
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
priority.  Please note the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives
does not have the funds to compensate moving expenses for this
position. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach,
conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the

Position Summary

The successful candidate will manage the Centre for Urban Health
Initiatives (CUHI) located in University College.  This position
oversees the day-to-day operations of CUHI and provides leadership for
excellent quality educational and research experiences, liaising with
the Institute of Population and Public Health of the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research and facilitating the development of
partnerships with community-based organizations and institutions.  

Under the direction of the Principle Investigator, this position
organizes and supervises day-to-day activities of the Centre. 
These responsibilities include: the supervision of the Centre
Coordinator, research assistants, and interns, coordinating activities
of the Operations Committee, the Advisory Board and the Research
Advisory Committee, drafting progress reports for the Operations
Committee and the Board of Directors, contributing to the development
of evaluation materials, develop organizational and research related
documentation and represent or provide representation of CUHI at
appropriate events.  The candidate is responsible for assisting
with coordination, planning, development, implementation, and
management of all research related activities.  These duties
include: providing supervision and support to the directors of the
Research Interest Groups and all CUHI-affiliated project teams,
providing oversight for all activities undertaken by the Research
Advisory Committee, coordinating the review of internal grant
submissions, assisting in grant proposal preparation and the
identification and liaison with potential funding entities.  In
addition, the research associate will liaise with Wellesley Central
Health Corporation and the Health Studies program at University College.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administrative tasks
  • Supervise and work in collaboration with administrative support staff
  • Provides budgetary oversight
  • Develop and oversee execution of strategic plans (including the
    annual operational workplan), goals, objectives, priorities and
    timeframes in collaboration with the Board and its Committees
  • Develop, in collaboration with centre coordinator, all documentation pertaining to CUHI's mandate and organizational structure
  • Oversee communications strategy that includes web communications,
    printed materials such as brochures, brand, and brand extension
  • Oversee the development of information dissemination and
    promotion of CUHI through website, email, newsletters, reports,
    briefings and conferences.
  • Formalize the relationships between CUHI and key partners
    (Wellesley Central Health Corporation, and University College) through
    the development of partnership agreements that adhere to University
    policies and guidelines.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Operations Committee, internal mechanisms for allocating CUHI resources
  • Provide support, supervision and oversight of the activities of the Research Interest Group Directors
  • Provide support, supervision and oversight of the activities of CUHI-affiliated project teams
  • Propose yearly budget to Research Interest Group Directors
  • Ensure established policies, efficient financial management and granting requirements are adhered to
  • Produce required reports for CIHR
  • Oversee the completion of CUHI's evaluation for CIHR and the Centre's yearly evaluation survey
  • Oversee the development of curriculum and research opportunities for undergraduate students

Research Tasks

  • Attend and coordinate activities of Research Interest Groups (including support for developing research projects)
  • Provide support for research development (including proposal development)
  • Oversee the coordination and follow up of research training,
    activities of summer students and community intern (in collaboration
    with supervisors)
  • Develop seminars and workshops for training
  • Oversee database of CUHI activities
  • Develop guidelines, application and selection criteria for graduate students, junior faculty buyouts and post-doctoral fellows
  • In collaboration with centre coordinator, act as a representative
    of Principal Investigators and research teams to UTRS, and funders,
    attend meetings with potential and current research collaborators,
    research institutes and community partners.
  • Ensure representation of CUHI at research-related meetings and workshops

Partnership tasks

  • Facilitate effective partnerships with community-based
    organizations, academics, practitioners, policy makers and funding
    agencies engaged in work related to urban health
  • Work collaboratively with university and other partners to
    provide quality educational experiences in urban health research for
  • Work with the Director and Student Union of the Health Studies
    program at University College to facilitate undergraduate program
    development, research opportunities and student placement
  • When asked, represent the centre to institutional partners,
    public policy stakeholders, research community and community partners
  • Ensure a high quality profile and reputation exists for CUHI: locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Oversee the coordination of the annual priority setting workshop
  • Oversee the expansion and development of CUHI's network

Qualifications Required

Preference is for a Masters or higher in a discipline related to the
urban health mandate of the Centre.  Ideally, the candidate will
have research management experience or a background relevant to the
position with administrative experience. Experience in building
relationships with a broad range of stakeholders in diverse communities
and organizations is considered an asset.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 23rd, 2006. 
Send applications with current Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter
(applications are welcome via email).  Applicants should also ask
three referees to send hard copies of letters of recommendation under
separate cover.  All correspondence should be sent to
Galen Trull, Centre Coordinator
Centre for Urban Health Initiatives
University College Room 259
University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON  M5S 3H7