Research Services Officer

Job description

Research Services Officer

Date Posted: 09/04/2020
Req ID: 731
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physl Ed.
Department: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physl Ed
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Note: This is a six (6) months term position from Sept 2020 to February 2021.


About us:

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is globally recognized for developing and advancing knowledge about the interactions of physical activity and health through outstanding undergraduate and graduate education programs, cutting-edge research and the delivery of sport, recreation and high performance athletic opportunities for students, staff, faculty and community members across the three campuses. In achieving this vision, the Faculty is guided by values of integrity, respect, equity and diversity.

In the KPE Research Office, our vision is to help our researchers leverage their unique expertise to create and translate new knowledge pertaining to the mission of the Faculty. Accordingly, the KPE Research Office provides services aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of research activities, covering the entire spectrum of knowledge creation (i.e., from ideation to mobilization).

Your opportunity:

Reporting directly to the Associate Dean, Research, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the effectiveness, efficiency and success of efforts to attract research funding to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE). This will be accomplished by engaging with the faculty members and Associate Dean about research directions and collaborations, in accordance with the KPE Strategic Academic Planning.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Promoting research initiatives to increase program visibility and reputation
  • Coordinating funding application processes
  • Researching and recommending new opportunities for external collaborations and partnerships
  • Liaising with agencies, collaborators, industry sponsors, faculty and other stakeholders regarding funding applications
  • Keeping well-informed on funding opportunities and resources, application policies/procedures and key deadlines
  • Preparing draft statistical reports and summaries from data collected
  • Editing content for and writing grant applications
  • Monitoring department budget to ensure expenditures remain within budgetedallocations
+Essential Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of research-related experience in a University or similar research-intensive setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with editing, writing, reviewing and submitting grant proposals, including providing support and guidance regarding operating and infrastructure acquisition budgets.
  • Thorough knowledge of KPE-relevant research funding programs, research partnerships, research opportunities, and research ethics, as well as related University policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Experience working with research granting councils and funding agencies
  • Experience and expertise in the interpretation and application of funding agency policy, criteria and application standards
  • Experience working with, and specific knowledge of, SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and CFI granting application regulations
  • Experience working with and knowledge of “faculty awards” funding models and ability to lead a related Faculty-wide awards initiative.
  • Experience maintaining and updating websites
  • Experience working with research grant budgets
  • Experience working with the University’s Financial Information System (FIS) and Research Information System (RIS)—or similar programs used at other research-intensive organizations
  • Must have a level of understanding of research funding opportunities that also allows to proactively suggest funding alternatives to faculty members (e.g., research sponsorship, funding partnerships)
  • Must have ability to work under pressure and effectively meet tight timelines
  • Must have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Must exhibit tact, sensitivity, and judgment in dealing with researchers, administrators and funding agency personnel
  • Must be proactive, possess strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to grasp, understand and be conversant in describing and expanding upon complex research concepts from many disciplines ranging across many fields (e.g., Physical Activity and Health, Health Science, Health Technologies, Social Sciences, Humanities)
  • Must have the ability to work with a broad range of internal and external information systems and tools, including the ability to analyze quantitative data on research activity and perform problem analyses as a strategic communication tool
  • Ability to administer large scale and priority research, awards and funding initiatives to advance the interests of the Faculty and University research agenda
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate the Dean’s Office efforts to develop effective relationships with new and existing domestic funding agencies and foundations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To be successful in this role you will be:
  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Meticulous
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Resourceful
  • Tactful

Closing Date: 09/20/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $65,669 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $83,978. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Ivan Torossian

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 9/8/2020
Application Due: 9/21/2020
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