TDI Research Project Coordinator
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research institute that contributes to our understanding of child development and the factors that enhance the quality of children's experiences in their early and middle years. The incumbent will contribute to two large population health research projects: the Early Childhood Experiences Program of Research and the Human Development Program of Research. These Programs of Research are intended to facilitate greater understanding of child development patterns in neighborhoods across BC through administration of population level surveys and knowledge mobilization. The incumbent will coordinate tasks related to the validation and implementation of standardized newly developed parent survey the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI) for assessing child development, early experiences, and social context factors at a population level. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating effective use of the TDI across multiple pilot sites, building and maintaining relationships and liaising with public health nurses, early childhood education and care professionals, and community contacts, to coordinate and train users. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and developing the validation research for the TDI to contribute to scholarly publications; as well as delivering training webinars and seminars and involvement in the distribution of reports to health care professionals and community contacts.
Organizational Status
This position reports directly to the Assistant Professor Research Lead of the TDI project at HELP, and works with the CHeq Implementation Coordinator and HELPs EDI/MDI Implementation Team to enhance effective project coordination. The incumbent will interact with HELPs Deputy Director, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator, and members of the knowledge translation and data management teams, as well as other faculty, students, and staff at HELP.
Work Performed

Major responsibilities include:
  • Liaise with professionals in the public health sector (nurses, early childhood screening, childhood education and care services, administrators, medical health officers, program managers) to plan the implementation of the TDI in select communities.
  • Respond to questions related to development, implementation, and validation of the TDI, and provide advice about the activities of the ECD Program of Research.
  • Design and implement policies and procedures to ensure effective TDI implementation in participating sites.
  • Ensure all required research agreements are in place with each participating community/professional organization/health authority: Ensure agreements are distributed, signed and received. Conduct annual review of research agreements, obtain UBC legal advice on content and modify agreements as necessary.
  • Manage annual review and updating of research ethics for the TDI and related project ethics applications.
  • Manage timelines and project work-plans for all aspects of the TDI project.
  • Monitor budgetary costs for the TDI project to maintain budget accuracy alerting management of any potential issues; participates in budget forecasting and preparation and recommending potential improvements to increase efficiency.
  • Manages the preparation and distribution of TDI information and materials.
  • Oversee data collection using the TDI - support early years services (health, education, child care) in preparing for implementation, including monitoring confidentiality throughout the data collection process, and fielding questions and issues that arise during project roll-out.
  • Oversees the implementation and ongoing development of electronic version of TDI survey and electronic data collection (including alignment with existing electronic data collection systems, integration of data security, in collaboration with HELP Data Management Team and UBC IT and PopData BC).
  • Develops, designs and leads TDI training webinars.
  • Prepare summaries of research findings and coordinates dissemination of the same. Work closely with the Knowledge Translation team to ensure that TDI knowledge translation is consistent with other projects.
  • Engage in knowledge dissemination activities of findings from pilot research, including presenting at regional workshops, seminars, conferences, and developing PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Participate in planning for growth of the TDI Program of Research across Canada.
  • Work with Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator on collaboration and partnerships with First Nation communities.
  • Participate in planning and implementing additional research pilot studies, if necessary.
  • Participate in regular research meetings related to the TDI and CHEQ, the ECD Programs of Research and other HELP Research activities as assigned.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.
Supervision Received
Works with considerable latitude under the direction of the Assistant Professor (Principal Research Investigator) within established project parameters. The incumbent liaises with HELPs Deputy Director, who has direct responsibility for the TDI Programs of Research, as well as other faculty and staff of HELP. Work is reviewed against task objectives.
Supervision Given
May manage junior researchers, research assistants and technicians, junior staff or students.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
HELPs funding base from the Ministries of Children & Family Development, Health, and Education, as well as from research funding agencies (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC, and MSFHR) is dependent on our ability to comply with key deliverables regarding the validation, implementation, research, and knowledge dissemination for our ECD Research Projects. Additionally, HELPs continued funding base from BC School Districts (in-kind) and partners such at the United Way of the Lower Mainland are dependent upon our ability to comply with key deliverables regarding user-friendly, practice-relevant, actionable research pertaining to the mission of our public health care system, education system, and delivery of services and programs for children and youth and their families. Finally, this project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), a research funding agency and the Vancouver Foundation, a local foundation dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children in BC. This person in this position will assist HELP to effectively implement the TDI, and provide research and financial accountability for funds supporting this project. This person makes professional decisions and recommendations on all aspects of the implementation work. Errors or incorrect work or decisions as a result of incompleteness, missed deadlines, lack of attention to details etc., will lead to confusion, lost opportunities and a poor impression of HELP and the University, as well as loss of reputation for the Director and Deputy Director.
Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master's degree in public health, psychology, nursing, child/human development, education, or social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience an asset. Master's thesis or research experience, including quantitative data analysis preferred Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Three years of related experience in project management in a research environment or equivalent. Proven ability to work successfully with a wide range of groups and individuals, including community groups, researchers, the public sector and multiple levels of government. Professional experience in Public Health and/or experience with early screening/public health preferred. Demonstrated project management and organizational skills. Ability to coordinate and oversee work processes. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and build consensus among a range of stakeholders. Self-motivated and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. Demonstrated project management and organizational skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail. Requires a thorough knowledge of university policies and procedures, good judgment and the ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary environment. Requires a background/coursework in statistics (including, at least, an understanding of significance tests, data distributions, data screening, correlation/regression analysis). Ability to effectively use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook OneNote and Webinar technology at an intermediate level. Requires a knowledge of child development and an interest in public health and prevention from a universal population health prespective. Knowledge and understanding of public health, social determinants, or early child development theories and research and a balance of creative, technical, and social/interpersonal skills.
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Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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