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Research Intelligence and Assessment Coordinator

Company
Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Location
Remote, anywhere in Canada
Type
Full-time
Salary Range
Interested candidates are asked to supply a statement that details salary expectations for the role.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (“The Alliance”) provides national-level research data management (RDM) support through its RDM team alongside advanced research computing (ARC) and research software (RS).  The RDM team collaborates and partners with stakeholders from across the research ecosystem to develop and coordinate expertise, platforms, services, technology, and training in support of research data management, with the goal of facilitating adoption of data stewardship best practices by researchers and institutions.

The Research Intelligence and Assessment Coordinator will support evidence-based development and delivery of researcher- and institution-focused platforms, tools, services, outreach, and training in support of its national research data stewardship mandate. This position will support the work of the RDM Network of Experts, in particular the work of the Research Intelligence Expert Group in its efforts to gather, organize, distill, and report on researcher needs and on developments and directions in the research data management (RDM) and broader digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem. Given the relationship between training and assessment, this role will also work closely with the National Training Expert Group and the Alliance’s Training Specialist on the development and delivery of RDM training initiatives.

With support from the RDM Team at the Alliance and service delivery partners, this position will be responsible for collecting, synthesizing, and reporting on key performance indicators necessary for measuring the success of Alliance initiatives. The Research Intelligence and Assessment Coordinator will be a member of the Alliance’s RDM Team, reporting to the Director of RDM.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Research Intelligence Expert Group to advance its efforts to gather, organize, distill, and report on developments and directions in the RDM and broader DRI ecosystems;
  • Work with the National Training Expert Group and the Alliance Training Specialist on the development, coordination, and delivery of RDM training initiatives;
  • Work with the RDM Team, Expert and Working Groups, and service delivery partners to gather, analyze, and report key performance indicators (KPIs) required for administrative purposes to gauge the success of Alliance initiatives;
  • Work closely with Alliance Communications to share metrics and narratives that illustrate the impact of data management platforms, services, tools, outreach, and training, to stakeholders in the RDM, DRI, and researcher communities;
  • Work closely with the RDM Team, Expert and Working Groups, and the broader Network of Experts, to coordinate and align research intelligence-gathering initiatives to improve comparability and reduce duplication of effort;
  • Act as a leader in national and international efforts to measure and promote the impact of good data management practices in advancing research and scholarship.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Masters-level degree in information management, library and information studies, computer science or related field; or advanced degree in a subject discipline with a research data emphasis; or strong applied research experience (research manager, research associate, data manager); or equivalent;
  • Significant equivalent experience attained by a minimum of 3 years work experience;
  • Knowledge of research data management and the research life cycle, and a clear understanding of how data management best practices and stewardship activities support and improve research processes, outputs, and scholarly communication;
  • Knowledge of commonly-used data-gathering methods (surveys, focus groups, web analytics, etc.) and which are best suited to address particular research intelligence needs;
  • Experience with online polling tools (such as Survey Monkey) to develop and deploy surveys to address particular research needs;
  • Experience collecting, cleaning, analyzing, and distilling data, and reporting results in ways that meet the needs of a variety of audiences;
  • Experience using statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R);
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Highly developed oral and written skills, particularly the ability to present and explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users, one-on-one, in small groups, and in larger teaching contexts;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, collaborative and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to interact with co-workers, project participants, staff of other organizations and government with courtesy, discretion, and tact.

 

NICE TO HAVES

Candidates with the following qualifications may be preferred. These should be explicitly described in the applicant’s cover letter:

  • Professional experience in an academic, special or research library, or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in French and English.

 

BENEFITS / WORK PERKS

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
    • Wellness 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.