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Research Assistant, Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

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Author pmnationtalk
Date November 3, 2019
Type Term - Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $22.00 - $28.00 - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 11352
Apply By : 11/30/2019
Position Title : Research Assistant, Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Department : Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Reports To : LCSFS Project Coordinator and LCSFS Director and Associate Director
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Research Assistant for the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.
The Research Assistant for the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (LCSFS) will support research projects as well as administrative, knowledge mobilization and project management for the work undertaken through research grants linked to the LCSFS and related special projects. The candidate will be expected to be familiar with the literature and work independently on tasks, including but not limited to: research project administration and support, knowledge mobilization, and day-to-day duties including financial management. The candidate will also provide administrative and communications support for a dynamic team of Canadian and international researchers and practitioners in their evolving research on sustainable food systems.
This role requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.

This position is based at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the Balsillie School for International Affairs.

Accountabilities : Day-to-day administration including financial administration, 60%

    • Complete monthly summary spending reports for all Project expenses including financial planning and tracking;
    • Manage and coordinate travel and other expense reports across the projects;
    • Participate in grant writing initiatives;
    • Participate in meetings across the LCSFS and related projects and prepare meeting notes including action items;
    • Participate in meetings and initiatives with other departments across the university and external partners to identify and facilitate new funding opportunities;
    • Assist with HQP training;
    • Co-ordinate and participate in regular project meetings;
    • Other related duties as required.

Knowledge Mobilization, 30%

    • Support the development of and implement strategic communications plans for LCSFS and related projects;
    • Co-ordinate knowledge mobilization efforts;
    • Implement and manage social media strategies to meet the strategic communications and knowledge mobilization goals of the LCSFS and and related projects collaborations including creating content for website/blog and twitter account and tracking online reach;
    • Manage project websites, including the development of online tools to support the dissemination of project findings and results;
    • Organize and promote events in collaboration with LCSFS and related project researchers, WLU External Relations, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs;
    • Conduct outreach to community organizations and affiliated faculty, staff, and students at Laurier;
    • Coordinate and support project evaluation processes and prepare reports to meet key project deliverables.

Project Support, 10%

    • Support the co-ordination of research, collaborators, and deliverables including publications, reports, public events, and webinars across for LCSFS and related projects;
    • Support the planning of proposed research initiatives;
    • Manage the progress of ongoing research activities using project tracking systems and processes;
    • Support the logistics and administrative duties related to planning large scale workshops;
    • Assist in the expansion of research networks at the local, national, and international levels;
    • Participate in visioning next steps for the on-going work across multiple research projects;
    • Assist in defining, implementing and monitoring activities in accordance with the LCSFS and related projects overall goals and objectives;
    • Assist with the development of annual budgets.
Qualifications :
    • Undergraduate degree in related field required, Master’s degree in related field preferred;
    • Minimum 2 years of demonstrated support for research grant functions including reporting and expenses;
    • Managerial skills as evidenced by prior project management experience in industry and/or academia;
    • Strong writing and editing skills as evidenced by academic publications or reports;
    • Ability to effectively implement strategic communications and knowledge mobilization plans;
    • Experience with financial management and budget creation;
    • Experience with various social media platforms, WordPress, and podcasting;
    • Strong organizational and time management skills;
    • Works well in a team environment and independently;
    • Passionate about local sustainable food;
    • Easily able to adapt to change and competing priorities.
Salary : $22.00 – $28.00
Salary Notes : This position is a full-time, limited term position on a one year contract, with the possibility of renewal.
To Apply : Please provide your resume, cover letter, and a sample of your writing.
Applications will begin to be reviewed on November 11, 2019; applications will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled.
Please Note : Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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