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Research Facilitator


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The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) is the largest Faculty at York University with over 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and almost 100 programs delivered through 24 Departments, Schools and Colleges, plus the IBM Markham Learning Site. York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive excellence in promoting and enhancing, teaching, research, and student success. Through innovative course design, diverse experiential education and learning opportunities, and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that have an impact on the world. Reporting to the Director, Strategic Research & Partnerships, and working with the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, the Research Facilitator acts as the primary point of contact for faculty members interested in establishing and growing their research portfolio in LA&PS. The incumbent will act as subject matter expert providing advice tailored to the specific needs and goals of the individual faculty member and will work with the rest of the research team (Faculty and VPRI) in supporting the end-to-end research grant application project life cycle (e.g. from initial consultations with faculty members to final submission). The incumbent maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities, timelines involved in funding applications and detailed knowledge of the guidelines for major federal and provincial sources of external funding, tracks data on submissions and successful projects in support of the Faculty and University's objectives and strategic priorities. While work will predominantly be performed in English, the incumbent will be required to deliver funding application review in both English and French. The Research Facilitator is also responsible for identifying, promoting and supporting research grants, contracts and fellowship opportunities. Acts as a resource to match opportunities to faculty members' strengths, areas of expertise, and career level. Encourages partnership and collaboration, recognizing opportunities for leveraging relationships and resources across the University and with external sectors. The incumbent also supports the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and York University, and understands how their efforts contribute to the goals and objectives of the Schools/Departments, the Faculty and the University more broadly. Also contributes to a positive, supportive, and student-focused team environment of high performance, respect, trust, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Embraces diversity and fosters inclusion.

Completion of a Master's degree in a relevant field (Social Sciences or Humanities), doctorate preferred.

Minimum three (3) years of experience in post-secondary research facilitation or relevant environment (government, agency, university, private sector). Practical research experience required along with a familiarity with research culture and experience conducting independent research. Demonstrated experience in the successful preparation of grant proposals with proven editorial and writing experience required. This position requires bilingual capacity (i.e. reading comprehension) in French, Oral and written capacity in French is an asset.

Superior communication skills, including both written and oral communication, and specific skill in drafting reports, communications, proposals, etc., and interviewing. Strong research and analytical skills, with experience in advanced research methodologies. Proven ability in interpreting external and internal policies, procedures, and regulations. Effective advising and interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and discretion in dealing with confidential information. Professionalism, flexibility, and good judgement. Strong organizational skills including ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet competing deadlines. Proven results-orientation. Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office software (i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe). Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Proven ability in rapport-building and collaboration.

Additional Notes:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.

Hours of work: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.Overtime available: Occasional. As required. Peak periods: June to November annually. Hours during peak periods: 10-12 hours daily. Vacation restriction: September to November annually.

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