Project Administrative Coordinator

Work Area: 
BC Centre on Substance Use
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Full Time
Job Category: 

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use through the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and standards. With the support of the Province of BC, BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) aims to transform substance use policies and care by translating research into education and care guidance, thereby serving all British Columbians


We have recently posted a temporary Project Administrative Coordinator to help support the Director of Research and the Director of Administrative Services. Aspects of your role will includes tasks such as managing a demanding calendar, coordinating meetings, developing agenda's, scheduling, creating briefing notes, managing calendars, participating in various initiatives.   In order to be successful in this position you must have strong attention to detail, ability to work in a fast paced enviornment with changing demands and have strong drive and iniatitive.  If you want to be part of an organization that is driven and you enjoy working in a fast paced environment we encourage you to apply!


Reporting to the Director(s)/ Manager(s)/ Research Leader(s) or designate(s), the Project Coordinator I provides effective and efficient operational and administrative functions to support project staff in the implementation and conduct of the project including scheduling and prioritizing appointments, arranging meetings, distributing agendas, taking meeting minutes, preparing correspondence, drafting presentations and organizing related travel needs. Functions as the point of contact to receive and convey information related to the project(s). Monitors deliverables and timelines and prepares reports, briefing documents and presentations. The Project Coordinator I assists with academic and research related duties such as journal submissions, maintaining curriculum vitae requirements (CV’s) and teaching dossiers, professional memberships and designations and the submission of research grants for Investigators. Prepares incurred expenses for reimbursement liaises with internal and external agencies while working with confidential and sensitive information.


Ability to type at a minimum of 60 WPM. 
Ability to operate related office equipment. 
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision, establish priorities and meet deadlines. 
Exceptional organizational, time management and problem-solving skills. 
Demonstrated ability to communicate and respond effectively to inquiries, both verbally and in writing. 
Flexibility to meet and adapt to changes in organizational priorities. 
Ability to coordinate complex meetings with internal and external contacts. 
Intermediate word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, desktop publishing and database software skills. 
Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy. 
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations. 
Demonstrated attention to detail, capability of decision making and problem solving within predetermined guidelines. 
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion. 
Comprehensive knowledge of the sensitivity to issues around substance use.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a diploma or degree in a related field plus a minimum of three (3) years' recent experience working in an administrative or coordinator role in a health care, medical and/ or academic research setting. An undergraduate degree in a health related field is an asset. Previous experience in a health research environment is preferred.


Coordinates the day-to-day administrative functions for the Director(s)/ Manager(s)/Research Leader(s) or designate(s) which includes organizing activities/initiatives/correspondence including scheduling and prioritizing appointments, arranging meetings, distributing agendas, taking meeting minutes, following up on action items, preparing correspondence and drafting presentations.

Makes required travel arrangements and reservations including confirming dates, contacting travel agents, obtaining cost and billing information and submitting expense reports for reimbursement to the BCCSU Financial Manager. Verifies and forwards itineraries as required.

Responds to verbal and written inquiries and forwards to appropriate designate. Identifies, prioritizes and takes follow-up action on items as required.

Answers queries from trainees including summer, graduate or post-graduate students.

Ensures academic materials are up to date which includes teaching dossier and curriculum vitae formats, academic institution templates, professional affiliations and annual memberships.

Uploads and submits manuscripts, and supporting materials related to scientific publications to peer-reviewed journals platform.

Assists with the submission of research grants for Investigators including collecting signatures and supporting documentation/ letters, ensuring all materials are uploaded onto the online platforms in a timely manner.

Prepares expenses and related documentation by compiling receipts, credit card statements and completing cheque requests for reimbursement. Reviews and ensures appropriate account information is included on the documents.

Liaises with internal and external agencies and works with confidential and sensitive information using discretion.

Utilizes word processing, spreadsheet and graphics software to produce a variety of reports, correspondence and presentation materials for meetings/ seminars. Ensures materials, handouts, videos and other supplies for meetings/seminars are complete and available.

Updates and maintains related filing systems for the designated leader/ project to ensure efficient and effective retrieval of information.

Performs other related duties as assigned.