ABOUT THE ALLIANCE
The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (“the Alliance”) provides national-level research data management (RDM), advanced research computing (ARC), research software (RS), and Cybersecurity training and services to build and sustain a strong and vibrant Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem. The Alliance collaborates and partners with stakeholders from across the research ecosystem to develop and coordinate expertise, platforms, services, technology, and training in support of DRI, with the goal of facilitating the adoption of best practices by researchers and institutions.
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Sr Analyst is responsible to collect, analyze, and develop plans and strategies to support the execution and delivery of the community driven DRI Strategic Plan for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. This position will act as the bridge between the research community, service delivery community, and our product and service strategy to ensure the voice and experience of the researcher is always considered in the design, development, and delivery of digital research tools and services. This role will engage and work with a large variety of stakeholders across the DRI ecosystem including operational teams, researchers, senior leaders, and other subject matter experts within the community in support of strategic activities and projects that this role will participate in.
The Senior Analyst’s primary field of expertise will be in one of the key areas in Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI), namely Research Data Management (RDM), The Senior Analyst will be expected to have a general understanding of the other areas within DRI as it relates to interoperability and integration.
- Responsible to stay current with customer needs and strategies; utilizing formal and informal written communication methods (for example, emails, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, executive updates, task lists, updates) to communicate updates and findings; and facilitating meetings and presentations to all types of diverse audiences
- Responsible for the continued assessment and collection of the needs of the research community.
- Responsible for leveraging the analysis conducted to develop a plan that communicates the future state of ARC / RDM / RS that includes a vision and objectives through a roadmap that articulates how the vision will be achieved.
- Responsible to perform cross-functional and/or other senior expert level duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested.
- Plan and coordinate the development of policies, standards, best practices, and processes in the ARC / RDM / RS subject-matter area.
- Responsible to lead as an expert in one of the key areas in Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI), either in Advanced Research Computing (ARC), Research Data Management (RDM), or Research Software (RS), lead the Alliance’s strategy and planning activities in this area and use expert judgment on the selection of corresponding work to advance the strategy.
Coordinating Groups & Committees:
- Provide leadership to team members and peers through working groups and committees towards accomplishing objectives in alignment with the vision, strategy, and objectives to leverage the knowledge, experience, and diverse perspective of the DRI community across Canada and Internationally.
- Chair various topical working groups and committees, focus groups, town halls, and other community outreach events with researchers and DRI ecosystem HQP.
DRI Community Engagement & Collaboration:
- Engage with the Alliance’s Researcher Council, the broader researcher community, and various stakeholders within DRI ecosystem both nationally and internationally to maintain an understanding of current and future needs considering cross impacts on ARC, DM, RS, and Cybersecurity while also participating in outreach campaigns to raise awareness of the Canadian DRI ecosystem.
- Participate in the ongoing delivery of the Alliance strategic plan, service delivery and funding models, gap analyses, project opportunities, initiatives, grant opportunities, and selection processes and criteria for funding calls done by the Alliance.
- Master’s / Ph.D. in a DRI-related field (e.g., computer science, engineering, computational sciences (physics, mathematics, chemistry, etc.), data analytics, digital humanities, genomics, data management, library, and information sciences, etc.)
- Over 5 years of relevant experience within the field of Research Data Management.
- Experience identifying and analyzing emerging issues and opportunities within the DRI field and develop strategic responses.
- Excellent ability to analyze and synthesize information to develop expected outcomes, and identify gaps and opportunities.
- Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
- Excellent analytical reasoning, problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills.
- Ability to build relationships and maintain rapport with various stakeholders.
- Ability to problem solve and generate action from ambiguity, and mediate complex situations with multiple stakeholders are an asset.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is required. Having these skills in both of Canada’s two official languages would be an asset.
- Experience working in or with the public sector and/or Academic Research landscape is preferred.
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:
- Long-Term Disability
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account
- Wellness Spending Account
- Mental Health Supports
- Defined Benefit Pension Plan
- Paid Vacation
- Remote Work – Flex Hours
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.