Job Posting: Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) Coordinator

Purpose: The MRA Coordinator supports community and academic research by administering a multi-year research grant entitled “Community-Driven Solutions to Poverty: Challenges and Possibilities” hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba office.

About: The Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) is a group of academic researchers, students, and community and government partners producing community-based research on solutions to Indigenous and inner-city poverty. The MRA, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba, has held four successful Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba office (CCPA – MB) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

Roles and Responsibilities

Managing grant

  • Liaise with the Principal Investigator and each lead of the four research streams.
  • Support the MRA Research Committee, organize meetings, prepare minutes and follow up.
  • Administer project grants, including contracts; liaise with academic and student researchers; oversee project finances; liaise with Universities; oversee the maintenance of records and lists, monitor progress on projects.
  • Tracking publications, including receipt of deliverables, sending for peer review, editing and ensuring timely release of deliverables.
  • Liaising with MRA partners (community; university; government).

Reporting to SSHRC

  • Meeting the reporting requirements to SSHRC and ongoing communications with SSHRC.

Communications/events

  • Implement the Knowledge Mobilization (KM) plan with the MRA Research Committee.
  • Support KM with MRA-funded research.
  • Manage and update the MRA website as needed using Word Press.
  • Copy edit research papers and/or arrange for developmental/ copy edits for final publication.
  • Work with Research Committee to develop and organize events, colloquia, community forums and report launches.  Assist with communications.

Financial Management 

  • Oversee financial management and reporting (with the assistance of the financial administrator), including tracking leveraged funds.

Skills and experience

  • Undergraduate degree in social sciences or related discipline with preference given to graduate degree.
  • Strong project management, administrative and budgetary skills.
  • Experience with database management, Excel, WordPress and social media platforms.
  • Basic knowledge of SSHRC and University research protocols.
  • Experience with event planning.
  • Understanding complex challenges facing those living in poverty, including in the inner-city and throughout Manitoba and First Nation communities.
  • Understanding of public policy jurisdictions and landscape.
  • Ability to be self-directed and work collaboratively with committees.
  • Strong oral and written communicator.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups and individuals and facilitate positive relationships.
  • Understanding research methods is an asset.
  • Experience working with academics, university bureaucracies and community-based organizations is an asset.

Pay, benefits and location of work

This position is part of the current collective agreement between CCPA and UNIFOR. The salary is $63,000 for the first year for a 35 hour work week, with annual increases for the cost of living. Pay is consistent with the wage scale for CCPA Manitoba. The successful candidate will have the option of enrolling in our health benefits program and pension. All other conditions of employment are outlined within the collective agreement.

Work takes place mainly in the CCPA Manitoba office in Winnipeg, Manitoba. All staff at CCPA Manitoba work in person in the office; some remote work is possible.

How to apply

Please send a resume or CV and cover letter to ccpamb@policyalternatives.ca with “MRA Coordinator” in the subject heading.

Applications are due Friday Jan 20th, 2023 at 4 pm.  For full consideration, please submit applications by January 20th; the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

CCPA seeks to achieve employment equity. If you are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, racialized, a person with a disability and/or LGBTQ2+, you are encouraged to indicate this in your cover letter.

Thank you to all who apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.