Research Coordinator

St. Francis Xavier University |
Antigonish, Nova Scotia | Full Time


The Research Coordinator coordinates and administers research study associated activities, including qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis. Assists in research proposal and ethics proposal project planning, and ensures that pre-established work scope, study protocols, and regulatory requirements are followed. Works in partnership with CEI stakeholders to recruit and coordinate research participants, as appropriate, and serves as principle administrative liaison for research activities. Oversees and coordinates research project staff, including student research interns. Develops and maintains recordkeeping systems and procedures for research projects.

This position is a full time position for a 3 year term, reporting to the Manager of Applied Research. Salary for this position is Band D of non-union Professional Staff salary: $48,789-$59,612.


  • In partnership with the Coordinator of Stakeholder Engagement and the Manager of Applied Research, develop an action plan for research projects, which includes collaboration with stakeholders
  • In partnership with the Marketing and Communications Officer, design promotional strategies and related materials to encourage participation and support for research projects.
  • Interview study participants to gather qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Facilitate group sessions with project participants with the support of the Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of research data.
  • Coordinate the collection, delivery, entry, verification, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Oversee the design and maintenance of databases, data collection forms, error checking methods, and related programs for collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Apply specialized knowledge and research principles to review, critically appraise and interpret published literature and conduct literature searches, with the support of Student Interns.
  • Write sections of ethics proposals, academic papers, conference presentations, funding proposals, grants, and abstracts.
  • With oversight of the Manager of Applied Research, coordinate the activities of research staff and interns to ensure that projects progress in accordance with predetermined timelines.
  • Support the development of estimates of time and resources for research projects.
  • Use data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) software to analyze data and interpret results.
  • Write data management and operations documentation for projects.
  • Liaise between the project centre and remote project sites and personnel.
  • Ensure that relevant research method is applied and all research material is handled in accordance with established protocols, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop presentations and present information and training sessions to project personnel and project participants.
  • Present at meetings, seminars, and conferences as part of the CEI team.
  • Keep project participants informed of project progress through regular reports, with the support of the Marketing and Communications Officer.
  • Assist with research project budgets.
  • Provide supervision for student research interns, and other project-specific research staff.
  • Assist in creating and implementing knowledge translation strategies to disseminate research findings

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Masters degree in community development or a related field e.g., adult education, human resources, business, sociology
  • 2-3 years of experience in managing research projects with community partners
  • Work with community-based development organizations (can include volunteer work)
  • 1 year in a supervisory position (can include students)
  • Strong communication skills that embody empathy, kindness, curiosity and openness
  • Strong writing skills that contribute to building evidence and knowledge translation through meeting community and academic partners in a transparent and inclusive manner
  • Excellent organizational, planning, problem solving, and project management skills
  • Peer coaching, mentoring and supervisory skills are considered an asset
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills
  • Qualitative research methods including data gathering, data analysis, ethical protocols
  • Quantitative research methods (statistics)
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and data analysis software such as MAXQDA, SPSS
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to coordinate several research projects simultaneously
  • Able to adapt to fluid and changing research priorities
  • Bilingualism an asset (French / English / Mi’kmaw / Arabic)
  • Knowledge of Career development, Community Development and Not for profit sector networks and partnership development
  • Knowledge of Community / University research partnerships
  • Knowledge of Gender analysis and Employment innovations and challenges for under-represented populations, including African Nova Scotians, First Nations, persons with disability and women.

How to Apply

Closing date for application is March 29, 2019 at 4:00pm. To express interest in this role, please direct your application in confidence to:

Human Resources, St. Francis Xavier University

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups.