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Competition Number: J0620-0242
Position Title: CHEER Project Manager
Employee Group: Research, Grant & Contract
Job Category: Research
Department or Area: Public Health Sciences
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Salary: $59,925.00/Year
Grade: 08
Hours per Week: 35
Job Type: Term
Length of term: 5 years
Shift: 7 Monday - Friday
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: June 19, 2020
Closing Date: July 9, 2020

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Nominated Principal Investigator, the CHEER Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of a five-year Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded research project, the Canadian Collaboration for Child Health: Efficiency and Excellence in the Ethics Review of Research (CHEER). The project is focused on streamlining research ethics review and providing research ethics education for child health research across Canada. The incumbent will manage the implementation of the project including the overall project plan and activities, budget management, financial accountability, reporting, events/meeting coordination, and communications. The CHEER Project Manager will contribute to completion of project deliverables and ensure effective communication across the broad CHEER team and committees.

Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Support the CHEER leadership in meeting the deliverables of the CHEER project, contributing to the development and implementation of a Canada-wide streamlined research ethics review program, a Research Ethics Board assessment program and educational resources.
• Work closely with the lead organizations, Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN), as well as the Queen’s University Office for the Professional Development and Educational Scholarship (OPDES) to support the development and implementation of project deliverables.
• Develop, maintain and monitor a detailed project management timeline and task set; work with the team and committees to set priorities and project objectives.
• Develop the project budget and be responsible for monitoring and reporting, as per funder/institution guidelines, and in coordination with the Departmental Administrator in Public Health Sciences; liaise with the lead groups.
• Assist in developing educational content, policies, processes, training resources and tools to support project deliverables.
• Lead and conduct information gathering exercises as needed, including literature reviews, web searches and outreach; prepare background documents and other materials needed to advance project deliverables; review materials to ensure consistency and quality.
• Work with the CHEER Team to finalize, and update as necessary, the project performance management plan and key performance indicator; prepare regular performance reports and progress reports as needed to funders and others.
• Organize CHEER Team and CHEER Committee teleconferences and meetings by developing agendas, minutes and meeting materials, and following up on commitments.
• Organize and engage in CHEER networking activities and events, including conferences and outreach activities; ensure there is on-going and effective communication within the broader CHEER research team and with the research sites; liaise with research partners.
• Coordinate the development of CHEER communication activities including website development and maintenance, newsletters and social media and email campaigns; assist with developing CHEER presentations and publications.
• Maintain knowledge of related funding opportunities and support the CHEER Team in the development of additional research applications and grant proposals, as applicable.
• Undertake other duties as delegated in support of the successful conduct of the CHEER Project.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Masters or PhD degree in a relevant field, or a health professional with equivalent research experience.
• Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in high-level coordination of complex research projects. Preference will be given to applicants with experiences related to research ethics review, and/or preparing applications for research ethics review.
• Demonstrated experience and expertise/proficiency with communication processes and social media tools.
• Able to travel to participate in meetings, as required.
• Bilingualism considered an asset.
• Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

SPECIAL SKILLS:
• Promotes equity, diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
• Effective independent decision making and judgement abilities in addressing complex and sensitive issues regarding research plans.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.
• Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
• Excellent time management and problem- solving skills with strong analytical capabilities.
• Ability to conduct research and gather and synthesize information from multiple sources.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including a proven capacity to present information clearly and communicate effectively with healthcare practitioners and researchers.
• Proven ability to create and implement projects with minimal supervision and guidance.
• Ability to work collaboratively with a range of research stakeholders.
• Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and data analysis.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a team member, including when team members are located in diverse geographic locations.

DECISION MAKING:
• Ability to work independently and be self-directed within guidelines provided by the CHEER leadership team.
• Independently manage day-to-day priorities in support of achieving overall project goals.
• Assess best alternatives or a range of solutions to a given problem; identify potential risks and benefits of each.
• Decide how new information will change the course of a project or event and recommend appropriate responses to ensure highest possibility for success.
• Determine best solution to administrative problems within guidelines and determine if policy or procedure should be modified. Decide on how to best implement changes if necessary.
• Effectively answer questions regarding CHEER project issues or redirect inquiries if necessary.
• Determine the best way to analyze and present data in order to meet the needs of the research project.
• Resolve problems as they arise and determine when to report on these actions to the CHEER leadership team.

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.

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