Research Facilitator, Social Science and Humanities

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Research Facilitator, Social Science and Humanities

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date October 27, 2021
Deadline November 09, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $37.06 - $43.58 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Date: Oct 26, 2021
Location: Waterloo, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Department: Office of Research Services
Job Type: Limited Term
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)
Campus: Waterloo
Reports to: Manager, ResearchFacilitation
Employee Group: WLUSA
Application Deadline: November 9, 2021
Requisition ID: 2770

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

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. 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.

Position Summary

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Research Facilitator, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Research Facilitator (Social Sciences and Humanities) is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high value/impact research opportunities within the social sciences and humanities. The incumbent is responsible for increasing the number and dollar value of successful funding opportunities year over year and for providing expert advice and guidance to faculty in the completion of research applications. This incumbent will maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements, and will be able to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise. They will be expected to be encourage partnership and collaboration opportunities, and to recognize opportunities for leveraging relationships across the university and with external sectors. This includes identifying and qualifying prospects, as well as cultivating, soliciting and stewarding opportunities with corporations and foundations in support of faculty-specific needs and priorities. The incumbent will have a strong sense of the timelines involved in funding applications, and will initiate faculty contacts and awareness in a timely manner and will have hands-on familiarity with the requirements of the funding agencies.


  • Identify, analyze and assess funding opportunities for revenue and success potential. Promote and advertise best value opportunities to faculty in social sciences and humanities disciplines.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of funding opportunities and requirements to match opportunities to faculty members’ strengths and areas of expertise.
  • Identify and contact potential international partners, initiate and set up meetings between Laurier faculty and potential partners to develop joint grant applications and research partnerships.
  • Act as key advisor to the university’s social sciences and humanities research community on various funding agency requirements and deadlines, including political and financial considerations.
  • Assist researchers and/or research teams in the preparation and submission of funding agency applications and processes. This assistance includes detailed, comprehensive critique of grant methodology, organization, “fit” with opportunity, etc. Often, it includes writing entire sections of grants rather than editing text supplied by the applicant.
  • Provides advice on budgets related to grant applications, ensuring that budgets are accurate, realistic, and conform to agency guidelines. Often includes creating the budget for the applicant, including researching prices and industry rates.
  • Work closely with other facilitators, the Industrial Liaison Officer and Knowledge Mobilization Officer to review and edit grants that fall within their mandates and to facilitate multi- or inter-disciplinary grants.
  • Review and interpret feedback regarding unsuccessful grants with researchers to assist in strengthening future funding applications.
  • Monitor project progress and intervene as necessary.
  • Independently handle non-routine and/or larger scale funding opportunities.
  • Monitor and report on faculty research developments with a view to leveraging key areas of activity into research proposals and revenue growth.
  • As necessary, assume responsibility for planning, developing, editing, and disseminating project reports, presentations as well as other project information and communications.
  • Responsible for internal grant applications for faculty in the social sciences and humanities, including providing information about suitable opportunities, reviewing for eligibility after submission, and following up with potential external grant opportunities.
  • Maintains departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.


  • PhD in a social sciences or humanities discipline.
  • Three years’ experience in building collaborative research teams and multi-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional research proposals for provincial, national and international agencies.
  • Related experience in the development of research proposals, publications, grant applications and/or contracts.
  • Related knowledge in conducting and designing research programs and in research methodologies
  • Exceptional knowledge of successful grant application procedures and granting agency requirements
  • Experience in budget development.
  • Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Very strong editorial and documentation skills especially in relation to technical documents
  • Experience in fostering effective communication within and among groups
  • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Detail oriented, resourceful, innovative, flexible, accessible
  • Proven capacity to excel in an independent, highly confidential, ever-changing work environment
  • Experience in using word processing, spreadsheet, database and Internet applications and tools.


Position Grade: SH-09

Rate of Pay: $37.06 – $43.58

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time, limted term position, with an expected end date of September 16, 2022. The normal hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Job Evaluation Factor Scores:

WLUSA/WLU Job Evaluation Factors              Score               
Education and Experience


Interpersonal Skills


Applied Reasoning and Analytical Skills


Physical Skills


Co-ordination and Planning


Responsibility for Others


Impact of Decisions


Mental Effort


Physical Effort


Multiple Demands and Priorities


Working Environment



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