Program Coordinator, Disability Policy Research, School of Public Policy 147 views


Position Overview

The Disability Policy Research Program at the School of Public Policy invites applications for a Program Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Director, Health Policy Program and will administrate and coordinates multiple projects and initiatives within the Disability Policy Research Program. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of all elements of the program and that the needs and requirements of the programs team are met. The incumbent must excel in a highly collaborative and dynamic work environment, and be skilled at program administration, coordinating program schedules, and providing needed support to research teams as well as the advisory and scientific committees.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Leads, manages or participates in projects as assigned by the Program Director
  • Analyzes issues and defines project objectives, scope, implementation plans, resource requirements and timelines
  • Designs and manages all assigned phases of program
  • Provides input into the day-to-day operational aspects of program, including identifying and resolving issues and conflicts
  • Prepares program-related communication (e.g. reports, briefings, correspondence, presentations, website content, etc.) and manages the communication between various  stakeholders while considering the risks associated with sharing and/or releasing sensitive information
  • Drafts documents related to outreach and development
  • Develops and administers requests for research proposals
  • Works collaboratively with the Program Director to determine priorities, establish goals and objectives, develop and implement action plans, identify performance measures/targets, and monitor/evaluate progress toward performance targets
  • Designs and implements processes to support lifecycle management of Program deliverables
  • Sets agendas and coordinates meetings with the appropriate stakeholders, providing timely, effective communication among the various committees and partners
  • Implements processes to gather information and measure success in order to develop recommendations for future improvement. Acts on such recommendations in collaboration with leadership and other key stakeholders
  • Develops budgets for approval by Program Director and SPP’s Executive Leadership Team

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the performance of the coordinative duties outlined above, with a strong preference for a Master’s degree
  • Minimum of two years experience as a project manager or project coordinator
  • A professional designation as a project manager / coordinator is an asset
  • Experience managing a research program in a research intensive, academic environment, or in other large organizations, is an asset
  • Proficiency in relevant standard, technical and university software (for example, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Outlook, database tools, and project management tools)
  • Strong organizational skills for collection, maintenance and organization of data and research programming
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively and respectfully with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Ability to expertly navigate difficult situations with multiple strategic dimensions, while building positive relationships with and between colleagues, clients and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in the performance of day-to-day duties
  • Skillfully influences others towards positive outcomes and ensures substantial progress is made on NCP
  • Ability to act with discretion and handle confidential material
  • Excellent analytical and evidence-based decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to plan, organize and deliver numerous outputs in a collaborative work environment

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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