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General Secretary, Researcher Council

Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Remote, anywhere in Canada
Full Time
Salary Range
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The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) serves Canadian researchers, with the objective of advancing Canada’s position as a leader in the knowledge economy on the international stage. By integrating, championing and funding the infrastructure and activities required for advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS), we provide the platform for the research community to access tools and services faster than ever before.

We have an ambitious mandate — to transform how research across all academic disciplines is organized, managed, stored and used. We work with other ecosystem partners and stakeholders across the country to help provide Canadian researchers with the support they need for leading-edge research excellence, research, innovation and advancement across all disciplines.



The Alliance Researcher Council was established in 2020 to facilitate regular consultation between the Alliance and researchers across Canada, and to help the Alliance in establishing a researcher centric DRI ecosystem. Members of the Researcher Council represent a range of cultures, languages, identities, expertise, and regions, as well as a broad array of academic disciplines and institutions, ensuring that the diversity of researcher voices is represented to the Alliance.

As a key component of the Alliance, the Researcher Council provides advice to the Alliance Management and Board of Directors on researcher needs for DRI infrastructure and services, contributes to the Alliance’s strategic vision, and serves as ambassadors for the Alliance’s mandate. 



The General Secretary, Researcher Council is responsible for providing secretariat support to the Researcher Council, in alignment with their standard operating procedure (i.e., Terms of Reference) and workplans, the Alliance mandate and strategic direction and within the Alliance corporate by-laws.  

The General Secretary will support the Chair, Vice Chairs and other members of the Alliance Researcher Council.  The General Secretary will gain guidance from the Alliance Senior Leadership Team, Corporate Secretary,  Senior Analysts, Communications and External Relations Team and other Alliance staff in support of Researcher Council activities. The General Secretary will be a member of the Strategy & Planning team and reports to the VP, Strategy & Planning.



  • Act as the contact person for the Researcher Council when engaging the Alliance staff and other stakeholders, including coordination, calendar booking, collection and provision of appropriate materials, and background management of the meeting.
  • Support all logistics associated with the Researcher Council monthly meetings, specifically in the arrangement of meetings, ensuring timely distribution of meeting materials and preparing meeting minutes;
  • Support the Researcher Council Governance Committee in their mandate; this includes responsibilities related to Researcher Council recruitment, membership procedures, reporting and accountability, and other related activities;
  • Facilitate the participation of Researcher Council members to Alliance working groups and committees;
  • Work closely with the Communications and External Relations team in the development of internal and external communications regarding the Researcher Council;
  • Prepare all communications between the Researcher Council and Alliance Board of Directors;
  • Liaise with the Secretariat of the Board on matters related to the Researcher Council; and,
  • Perform any other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested.



  • Knowledge normally associated with a Masters degree or similar level education in a DRI related field (health, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences) is highly desirable. Undergraduate-level degree is required.
  • Five years or more of demonstrated expertise supporting research strategy and governance.
  • Experience working in or with the public sector and/or Academic Research landscape is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the research community, Alliance executives and staff, government officials, and external stakeholders is required.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a member of a high performing team is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Having these skills in both of Canada’s two official languages would be an asset.
  • Ability to analyse emerging issues to problem solve and generate action from ambiguity; and mediate complex situations with multiple stakeholders are an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a decentralized context (work from home environment).
  • Advanced working knowledge/experience with Microsoft products and digital communication tools.



In addition to a competitive salary and a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference in the Canadian research community, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that meets the various needs of our diverse team and that spans across Canada, including:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including:
    • Health 
    • Dental
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Mental Health Supports
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Remote Work – Flex Hours


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The Alliance recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/​racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+) in research careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.