Research Development Coordinator

Office of Research
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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 17:30
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Job description: 

The Research Development Coordinator (RDC) provides pre and post award support by: facilitating, guiding and supporting the development of competitive, high quality research proposals at both the divisional and institutional level. This involves networking and liaison with external research funders including federal and provincial granting agencies, research foundations, and private organizations, as well as with current and potential research partners. Working in a multi-tasking, team environment, the RDC is responsible for research prospecting; funder cultivation, engagement and solicitation; pre- and post- award support; financial management; liaison with researchers and department staff in identification of new funding opportunities; proposal and report editing; project development and grant stewardship; liaison with RRU Finance division with respect to research grants administration; maintaining the grant reporting calendar for Office of Research; working with, and generating reports from, the Research Project Management database; and the production of research annual reports as well as other communications activities and duties as required. 

A key function of this position entails post-award follow-up, financial management, and communication. As such, the RDC will be responsible for coordinating timely report stewardship interacting with internal stakeholders and the funder. This will entail reviewing and coding expense claims and invoices, processing contracts, following up with project principal investigators and Finance to inform them of reporting guidelines and timelines, providing assistance, where necessary, in obtaining and presenting the necessary data, and reviewing the final report for accuracy and quality. The RDC will be responsible for negotiating, when necessary, no-cost extensions and coordinating clarification of questions surrounding grant stewardship with the funder. Another key function involves data management and reporting of research activities.

The RDC will remain informed about current research through thorough analysis of funding agencies web sites and other information sources. In addition, the position involves participating in certain project-related events, travel to professional conferences and workshops, travel to meetings with funders and other stakeholders and potential partners, and other research functions as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree (strong preference for a Social Science degree) and at least 5 years of experience (or equivalent combination of education & experience) in the areas of grants management and research administration and development, including significant experience with preparation of research proposals, budgets, financial management and reporting as well prior experience working in the strategic management of funder relations. Master’s preferred
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong diplomatic skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to analyze the current environment for appropriate and fitting projects and partners for RRU and maintain an in-depth knowledge of domestic and international research development by liaising with stakeholders and constituencies using appropriate discernment and discretion (critical)
  • Ability to liaise effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and maintain a professional approach to working relationships and conflict resolution
  • Solid writing skills
  • Developed project management skills
  • Advanced computer skills (including MS Office Suite)
  • Positive attitude
  • Comfortable working in a team-based, collaborative environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule.
Application submission information: 

This is a regular, full-time position working 37.5 hours per week.  The position has been evaluated at Grade 4 and the recruitment range starts at $55,841 per annum.  The university is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-102-P0274 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began onOctober 19, 2017 and will close on November 10, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

Your personal information is collected under the authority of the University Act and is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Your personal information will be used to record and track your application for this competition and will not be disclosed to any other external third parties unless we are directed to do so by you.  For more information regarding the collection and use of your personal information please contact Royal Road’s University’s Privacy Officer at (250) 391-2600 (Extension 4178) or via regular mail at 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf format.