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Date Posted: July 12, 2017
Location: Winnipeg MB or Vancouver BC – St. Paul’s Hospital / Nephrology Research
Business Title: Indigenous Research Associate, Can-SOLVE CKD Network Programs
Contract role: 60% time
Desired Start Date: Immediately
Funding Type: Grant Funded

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in this position as well as your CV to hharris@cansolveckd.ca

Thank you for your interest. Please note that only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Job Summary

The Can-SOLVE CKD network is a pan-Canadian network promoting patient-oriented research in kidney and other chronic diseases. The network membership consists of patients, policy makers, healthcare professionals and both clinical and biomedical researchers. The nature of the activities of Can-SOLVE CKD rely heavily on expanding existing and building new core infrastructure, and leveraging activities with academic, government, non-profit and industry partners. The activities and accomplishments of this Network will benefit Canadians by promoting a cultural shift from care which is disease-centred and provider-focused to care which is patient-centred, informed by evidence, and coordinated across the health care system.

Can-SOLVE CKD consists of a large and multi-disciplinary team across the country with a core operations team that oversees the day-to-day work of all committees and workgroups, ensuring that the key deliverables are produced on time and within budget.

The Indigenous Research Associate will be of Indigenous descent and have a strong understanding of Indigenous culture and health areas. She / he will have experience working within the health care or health research sector, have strong facilitation skills, and a degree in health sciences or a related field. Can-SOLVE CKD is a national network therefore some travel will be required, both to communities and network meetings. The position is a one year contract role, approximately 3 days per week, with the possibility of renewal and extension subject to funding and performance.

Organizational Status

The Indigenous Research Associate reports to the Network Director with day to day work under the direction of the Indigenous Peoples Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) co-chairs.

Work Performed

  • Assists the Co-chairs of IPERC for meeting preparations, including; scheduling of meetings, setting agenda, preparing materials, notes and coordinates follow up on action items.
  • Works with the Co-chairs and members of the core operations to plan the Can-SOLVE CKD Annual Meeting, specifically the activities related to IPERC and Indigenous partners.
  • Supports and mentors members of IPERC to carry out their activities, e.g. orientation for new members, patient partner support.
  • Assists with the planning, preparations and implementation of network projects; assists with developing and tracking performance metrics.
  • Develops partnerships and facilitate communications with project leads, funding partners, stakeholders and Indigenous organizations related to CKD and or diabetes.
  • Works collaboratively with Project Leads to ensure the inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and being into research projects.
  • Assists the project teams with recruiting research participants within Indigenous communities, including with development of sensitive materials and methods
  • Co-facilitates interviews, focus groups and community consultations
  • Undertakes and participates in knowledge translation activities, mentorship and capacity building for IPERC, helping to ensure research findings are shared with communities.
  • Contributes to Can-SOLVE CKD reports, newsletters, and other communications materials, conducts literature searches and keeps up to date with current trends and affairs relevant to Can-SOLVE CKD and IPERC. Maintains IPERC resource library.
  • Works with the core operations team and other network members on the development and delivery of educational materials and training sessions for the network
  • Performs other duties as required.

Consequence of Error

Work requires initiative, creativity, and attention to detail. The incumbent must be capable of managing and coordinating many tasks related to multiple complex projects. The position requires considerable judgment in the management of project priorities, schedules, and resource requirements. This position must also be able to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Accuracy is essential since errors may have implications that could negatively affect the project, the patient community, stakeholders, future funding, and the reputation of the Network and key stakeholders.

Supervision Received

The Indigenous Research Associate is required to work independently on a day-to-day basis with guidance and direction from the IPERC co-chairs and the Network Director. The role reports directly to the Network Director.

Supervision Given

None.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities and demonstrate strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and exercise judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve.
  • Highly developed time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and operationalize work plans within the context of limited time and budget.
  • Effective at documenting requirements and plans.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing as well as excellent listening and interviewing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both with external clients and internal partners /staff.
  • Ability to prioritize, be flexible and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Positive in attitude and a team player.
  • Willing to travel to team-related meetings and communities as required.
  • Flexible with work hours and have a valid driver’s license.