Housing Research Collaborative Coordinator – University of British Columbia – Vancouver

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$52,103 a year

The Housing Research Collaborative (HRC) is a cross-sectoral community of housing providers and housing research professionals housed within the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Its goal is to further understanding of housing issues and contribute to policy development on comprehensive strategies to meet the need for affordable housing across the spectrum from the homeless to middle-income households.

The Coordinator will work with the Housing Research Collaborative (HRC) Director in establishing HRC as a sustainable organization with the governance, administrative and funding structure to achieve the goals of the HRC leadership team in research, policy development and knowledge mobilization.

Organizational Status

Housing Research Collaborative (HRC) is a new initiative of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), envisioned as the core housing research hub in British Columbia. The position is funded for a three-year period through an award from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

Reporting to the HRC Director, the incumbent will work collaboratively with the HRC advisory committee and with partners and collaborators in the non-profit, government and private sectors to support the achievement of the research, policy development and knowledge mobilization objectives outlined in the HRC work plan. The coordinator will also work with student research assistants.

Work Performed

  • Manage implementation of research projects initiated by the HRC Advisory Committee.
  • Identify and pursue sources of funding for HRC research, including grants and contracts with partner organizations.
  • Administers the implementation of the operational model for HRC by assisting the HRC Director to develop an implementation plan for HRC, as guided by the HRC Steering Committee. All implementation decisions will be vetted with the HRC Director.
  • Participates in the development of the long-range sustainability plan for HRC, including a long-term funding strategy.
  • Manage the development of a web-based research/data hub and portal that will support HRC research projects, partner collaborations, knowledge mobilization, and communication with target audiences.
  • Organize and support meetings of the HRC and its committees and working groups.
  • Coordinate implementation in HRC research initiatives, including organizational partners, and academic faculty and students.
  • Preparation and implementation of a communications plan to support the HRC network.
  • Develop an administrative system to support maintenance of the HRC research network, including a contact management data base.
  • Support and expand the network of HRC research partners and collaborations.
  • Consolidate lists of sources of BC housing research and data as the basis for a curated online resource centre.
  • Organize a major annual housing research learning event in the Lower Mainland
  • Organize three workshops annually in communities across BC.
  • Coordinate the production of a major housing research publication annually.
  • Coordinate set of quick start research initiatives for completion annually
  • Assist with the development of an initial research program for HRC, collaboratively with HRC researchers and partners.
  • Perform other duties, as required.

Supervision Received

This position will report directly to the Director of the Housing Research Collaborative.

Supervision Given

The HRC Coordinator may have supervisory responsibility for contractors retained to provide technical support services, such as website development, and for student Research Assistants (RA) assigned to projects in the coordinator’s work plan, such as the organization of learning events.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The position requires excellent judgment and interpersonal skills to support the establishment of productive relationships with organizations and researchers involved in housing research across BC. The incumbent will require minimal supervision and will exercise independent judgment regarding planning, scheduling and timely completion of tasks.

The position has considerable potential impact on the relationships of UBC’S SCARP with the housing and planning community in BC, including the provincial government, municipalities, non-profit and private sector organizations, and researchers at UBC and other universities.

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation in community planning or related field, with academic, non-profit or government experience in the affordable housing sector preferred. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with preparation and implementation of communication and knowledge mobilization plans.

  • Experience in building professional networks and communities of interest.
  • Ability to organize learning events and workshops.
  • Experience with project management of website development, and basic website administration skills (WordPress).
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Organizational development skills, including understanding of governance structures, administrative requirements, and strategic planning.
  • Strong administrative skills necessary to support an effective organization
  • Experience with fund development and grant proposal development.
  • Ability to effectively use basic computer applications at an advanced level(e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel).

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.

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