Research Manager


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience. Job Summary This Research Manager will plan, manage, coordinate and communicate all research activities of the research program, "Optimal Birth BC" which includes SmartMom and Smart Parent. The overall purpose of this program is to develop a sustainable framework, which will support both the uptake of evidence-based obstetrical health care in regional health authorities and informed decision-making among pregnant women. Organizational Status The Research Manager will report to the principal investigator and work cooperatively with a team of investigators. The position will work closely with the Perinatal Managers (within each of five health authorities) who oversee the planning and operational functions of perinatal services within their respective regions. The position will also work with the medical, nursing and midwifery clinical leaders in participating hospitals within health authorities. Work Performed The Research Manager will be in charge of planning and managing aspects of the program including:
- Develops and implements strategic work plans and timelines.
- Researches funding opportunities.
- Develops ethical review applications, renewals and amendments.
- Disseminates program materials to participating agencies, provides information and explains program objectives.
- Coordinates the workflow of data managers, and consultants.
- Acts as liaison between investigators, BC Health Authorities, the funding agency, and the general public.
- Recruits women for surveys and focus groups.
- Organizes, recruits for and assists in the conduct of focus groups.
- Conducts qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
- Conducts literature reviews and creates evidence summaries relevant to specific clinical topics.

- Reports study updates for participating agencies.
- Participates in grant writing including: writing project proposals and developing budgets.
- Writes and edits research reports for granting agencies and stakeholders.
- Assists with manuscript preparation for publication
- Facilitates communication among participating hospitals; participate in developing communication strategy of the research project, managing the Optimal Birth/SmartMom website, participating in knowledge translation and acting as resource person for public relations issues.
- Prepares and presents monthly progress reports to Principal Investigator
- Develops and maintains social media for program, including Facebook and Twitter
- Participates in marketing strategies for SmartMom and SmartParent.

- Sources and orders study equipment and supplies. Supervision Received This position reports to the principal investigator. Work reviewed against achievement of project objectives. This position will meet with supervisors once a week to report on study progress. Supervision Given n/a Consequence of Error/Judgement Errors in communications with participating agencies could lead to a presentation of erroneous information, which would damage study credibility. Insufficient supervision could lead to delays in data collection which could compromise data quality and study completion. Qualifications Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation preferred. Preferably, post-graduate degree in public health or related discipline and at least two graduate courses in statistical methods, and one in epidemiology. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred experience in the following areas: working in the field of maternal child health, developing health-related professional practice guidelines, liaising with different stakeholders and funding agencies, conducting systematic reviews and fluency with social media and SMS texting. Ability to effectively use MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS or equivalent statistical software at an advanced level. Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
Proven ability to work in a confidential environment. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Willing and able to travel within BC. .
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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.