Community Based Research Coordinator – McMaster University – Hamilton, ON

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Job title: Community Based Research Coordinator, Community Engagement

Job ID: 21796

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Central Campus

Job Type: Limited Term (>12 months)

Employee Group: Unifor Unit 1, Staff

Department: AVP Academic

Salary Grade/Blend: Grade 11

Salary Range: $34.57-$48.65 (hourly)

Contract Duration: 24 Months

Hours per Week: 35

Open Date: 08/23/2018

Close Date: 09/14/2018

Posting Details

Schedule: Monday to Friday; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Education Level: Master’s degree in a relevant field of study

Career Level: Requires 6 years of relevant experience, including 1 year for full supervision

Job Description

This role will oversee and develop programs and projects that develop capacity for community-based research (CBR) across McMaster University. The RC IV will proactively navigate CBR requests to a suite of campus-based opportunities that may include (but are not limited to): Research Shop, undergraduate CBR courses or programs, graduate CBR courses or programs, and faculty. The RC IV will contribute to the development and management of the day-to day operations for the McMaster Research Shop. This role will develop and oversee a CBR working group, with the goal to build internal capacity for CBR while also supporting new CBR partnerships within the greater Hamilton community in a collaborative, coordinated, and principled way. This role will also liaise with regional and national CBR networks on behalf of McMaster.Responsible for managing the daily operations of multiple research projects ensuring that all aspects of project protocol are adhered to. Applies specialized knowledge to initiate, design, develop, coordinate, and manage major research projects across multiple sites. Develops collaborations and partnerships with research user groups

Purpose and Key Functions:

  • Plan and coordinate all aspects of multiple research projects across multiple sites.
  • Develop inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional, and inter-sectoral research collaborations.
  • Develop budgets for research projects.
  • Troubleshoot problems at all stages of project development and implementation and assist with modifying protocols or project procedures to address challenges.
  • Participate with a team in the development and authoring of research protocols.
  • Recruit project participants and enlist agencies to refer participants.
  • Review referrals and keep track of intakes from various referral sources.
  • Develop an implementation plan for research projects.
  • Design promotional strategies and related materials to encourage participation and support for the research project.
  • Perform both quantitative and qualitative analyses of research data.
  • Interview project participants.
  • Facilitate focus group sessions with project participants.
  • Coordinate and manage the collection, delivery, entry, verification, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Oversee the design of databases, data collection forms, error checking methods, and related programs for collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Apply specialized knowledge and scientific principles to review, critically appraise and interpret published literature.
  • Conduct literature searches


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study
  • Requires 6 years of relevant experience, including 1 year for full supervision.


  • Supervise and direct the activities of up to 4 continuing employees.
  • Ongoing responsibility for hiring and supervising 10 or more casual employees at any one time
  • Provide orientation and show procedures to others


  • A collaborative approach to capacity building
  • CBR research experience and capacity
  • Project management experience with a clear history of delivering on projects and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Track record of facilitating the development of collaborative, multi-site and multi-institution partnerships
  • Extensive knowledge of how to navigate an academic institution
  • Extensive knowledge of the Hamilton community
  • An understanding of current issues and priorities in Hamilton that may be served by community-campus research partnerships
  • A demonstrated awareness of, and commitment to, equity and inclusion
  • Graduate degree in a field strongly rooted in community-based research

Additional Information:

This position will be reporting to the Manager of the Office of Community Engagement

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.

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