BC Healthy Connections Project | Research Coordinator
                                      Position Description | September 17, 2012

Job Title:       Research Coordinator
Start Date:      Immediate
Status:          Full-time
Location:        Children’s Health Policy Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (SFU) Harbour

Position Overview

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a landmark targeted prevention program designed to improve the lives of vulnerable
young first-time mothers and their children. The Children’s Health Policy Centre (CHPC) at SFU is leading the first
Canadian randomized-controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of NFP in British Columbia, in collaboration with McMaster
University. This research study, called the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP), is funded by the BC Ministry of
Health with support from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The CHPC seeks a Research Coordinator (RC) to play a leadership role in all aspects of the RCT and to provide general
research-oriented support to the Core Scientific Team located at SFU Harbour Centre in Downtown Vancouver.

Organizational Summary
The CHPC is an interdisciplinary research group in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at SFU. Our work focuses on
integrating research and policy to improve children’s social and emotional wellbeing, or children’s mental health. Our
work complements the mission of the FHS to integrate research and policy for population and public health locally,
nationally and globally.

Working Relationships
Reporting to the BCHCP Scientific Director, the RC will work closely with other team members and with research and
policy partners on the project.

Work Performed

       Developing and maintaining high-level study documents and work plans
       Preparing ethical review applications
       Designing and maintaining confidential research databases and project management systems
       Training and supervising research and administrative staff
       Developing strategic communications strategies and program monitoring mechanisms
       Attending high-level scientific and policy meetings
       Coordinating facility usage, equipment and personnel requirements
       Performing/overseeing systematic literature reviews
       Drafting scientific and policy manuscripts and reports
       Preparing and delivering academic and policy presentations
       Performing other related duties as required

The RC will report directly to the BCHCP Scientific Director and work closely with other research staff and students
associated with the project.

A graduate degree in a related discipline (e.g., psychology, health sciences) and thorough knowledge of quantitative
methods is required. Experience coordinating large-scale quantitative research projects and supervising research staff is
essential, as is superior computer literacy and knowledge of statistical and other pertinent database software. This
position requires superior interpersonal, organizational, program management, and communications skills (oral and

Mentoring and Development
The CHPC is committed to life-long learning for all team members. Mentoring will be available to facilitate the RC’s
career development. The RC’s position also offers a unique opportunity to contribute to advancing the scholarly field of
children’s mental health policy in Canada.

Application Process
The position has an immediate start date with funding available for four years, contingent on performance. Please
submit a brief letter describing your interests and a current CV. Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Please email applications to the CHPC at bchcp@sfu.ca

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