Education Level Master's Degree in a relevant field
Career Level 2 years of relevant experience
About the Department:
The Office of the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social Sciences provides support to over 130 faculty and postdoctoral fellows, with a focus on developing a research culture of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and community engagement. Support in proposal development, project and budget planning, and facilitating research planning have aided Faculty researchers in securing annual funding, currently exceeding $5 million, from sources including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
About the Role:
Responsible for collaborating with faculty members to identify, develop and formalize research knowledge creation and to foster the development of researcher and partner relationships critical to success in the research funding environment. Promotes the importance of research funding for individual faculty members, graduate students, the Faculty, and the University.
Facilitates ongoing research success through support of researchers’ and Faculty’s knowledge mobilization (KM) strategies. Provides administrative expertise in supporting awarded projects at the Faculty level.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Review and support the identification and development of research opportunities.
Collaborate with researchers to identify, develop, and formalize research knowledge creation, mobilization, dissemination, and capacity building opportunities.
Identify knowledge creation, mobilization, translation, transfer, and exchange opportunities arising from faculty research.
Develop and implement strategies to facilitate opportunities for researchers to identify and pursue new knowledge creation and mobilization opportunities for the research and development of collaborative initiatives involving multiple partners from community, business, and government across sectors and issue areas.
Work with the Associate Dean (Research) in promoting Faculty research in accordance with University policies, procedures and guidelines.
Meet with researchers and departments to discuss their research needs.
Liaise with similar positions in other Faculties for knowledge exchange and promotion of interdisciplinary research. Work in partnership with the offices of Research for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) and Research Finance, and act as a Faculty resource for researchers developing and managing grant applications.
In consultation with ROADS, MILO and Research Finance, provide advice to researchers regarding the interpretation and application of funding agency policy.
Interpret and communicate applicable policies, procedures, and guidelines to researchers, Deans, Chairs, and other University personnel.
Coordinate large and diverse cross-functional teams which may include internal researchers and staff, other academic institution personnel, community and other sector partners.
Liaise with McMaster support departments including Facilities Services, Procurement Services and others.
In co-operation with MILO, act as a liaison to facilitate partnering opportunities between Faculty researchers and community and other sector partners.
In consultation with program and legal advisors in ROADS and MILO, ensure community partnerships comply with University policies so as not to put the University at risk, and conform to the criteria and guidelines of the sponsoring agency.
Assist researchers in negotiating and developing budgets which meet the needs of the researchers and their community and other sector partners and ensure that they are in compliance with funding agency and University policies.
Negotiate and develop budgets with cost-sharing which may include proportional cash and in-kind contributions from stakeholders.
Develop concepts and strategies when authoring sections of grant applications which address the project's importance for the funding opportunity to the Faculty.
Facilitate and participate in meetings with research teams for proposal development and management.
Assist with the development of reports for community and other sector partners on research status and outcomes. Understand and support a combination of KM strategies including producer push, user pull, knowledge exchange and co-production.
Draft and edit KM strategy portions of research proposals.
Assist with development and administration of Faculty selection processes for identified opportunities. Ensure all research within the Faculty has appropriate Faculty approval and sign-off.
Provide input into funding proposals including sections outlining institutional resources, collaborations, and strategic directions and liaise with senior management for acquisition of Faculty commitments.
Scrutinize documents for small changes when critically reviewing project proposals and budgets.
Work in partnership with ROADS, MILO and Research Finance to assist with the development of proposals to granting agencies seeking allowance or explanation of material deviation in proposal management, or addressing other agency concerns.
Develop solutions to address serious budget deviations.
Participate in the development of workshops and outreach opportunities.
Participate in public relations opportunities for the Faculty, focussing on those promoting research.
Provide direction to others in how to carry out work tasks.
Provide direction and show procedures to others.
Master's degree in a relevant field of study.
Requires 2 years of relevant experience.
How To Apply
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