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Assistant Director/Research Manager, Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families

The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth,
and Families (CUP) is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant
Director / Research Manager.  CUP was formed to promote
reciprocal, sustained, and mutually beneficial interactions among
researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families in research,
education, and knowledge sharing.  We work toward closing the
research-practice gap by focusing on three critical areas: research,
knowledge mobilization, and lifelong learning.  CUP's core staff
members engage in consulting, matchmaking and brokering, and developing
and leading projects. CUP is now in its sixth year and has had
significant early successes in projects concerning low-income families,
vulnerable youth and employability, school readiness, community
mapping, and in-school mentoring.  CUP has attracted funding for
its various projects totaling over $5.2 million from university, local,
provincial, and federal sources.

The Assistant Director / Research Manager (ADRM) is a full-time
Academic Trust appointment.  The ADRM will be accountable to the
Director and be part of the CUP Leadership Team.  The ADRM will
assist in the following three areas:  Lifelong Learning and
Knowledge Mobilization, Community-Based Research, and Administration
and Project Management.

Lifelong Learning and Knowledge MobilizationThe ADRM's main
responsibilities are the following: (a) developing liaisons among
potential collaborators in the community and the University; (b)
maintaining effective, multilevel communication with individuals and
units across campus and in the community, including researchers,
faculty members, administrators, members of community and parent
groups, and government offices; and (c) leading the Mobilizing
Knowledge About Development (MKAD) project.  The MKAD project
consists of interdisciplinary, intersectoral initiatives that (a)
develop, execute, and evaluate specific knowledge-mobilization
activities to determine how effective they are for moving knowledge
into active service; and (b) build the capacity of university students,
researchers, and community members to work together in conducting and
using community-based research by using Seminars/ Workshops on
Community-Based Research for Community Members, and by establishing a
Graduate Certificate Program in Community-Based Research.

Community-Based Research
The ADRM will (a) consult and broker research activities on and off
campus among researchers, policymakers, and community practitioners,
and (b) facilitate multidisciplinary, applied research by assisting to
design and manage CUP research projects.

Administration and Project Management
The ADRM will also assist with (a) serving as an alternate to the
Director on subcommittees or other groups; (b) writing grant proposals
for funding support (both for core functions and projects); (c)
strategic planning, policy development, and problem solving; and (d)
supervising day-to-day operations of the centre including human
resources, financial management, and administration.

A Master's degree is required in a related discipline (education,
health, social work, nursing psychology, etc.), although a Ph.D. is
preferred.  The applicant's experience and skills should include

  • Experience in community-based research and/or program evaluation
  • Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies (e.g., longitudinal approaches)
  • Experience with adult learning, curriculum development, and/or knowledge mobilization
  • Experience in collaborative, community-based, and/or intersectoral project work
  • Experience in project management, administration, and staff supervision.

This is a full-time trust position for a one-year term, with the
possibility for renewal. The position has a salary range from $56,000
to $70,000, contingent on qualifications and experience, and a
comprehensive benefits package.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, and a two-page brief
description of research interests and/or career goals. Please also
arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the
review committee.  Closing date is August 31, 2006 or until a
suitable candidate is found.  Please direct correspondence to

Dr. Laurie Schnirer
Assistant Director and Research Associate
Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families
University of Alberta
306 Campus Towers, 8625 - 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 1K8
Tel: (780) 492-6173

For more information, please visit

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority.  If suitable
Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other
individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit.  We are
committed to the principle of equity in employment.  We welcome
diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men,
including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and
Aboriginal persons.

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