Research Coordinator, BC Centre on Substance Use

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Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Full Time
End Date: 
Jan 18, 2020
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Reporting to the Principle Investigator and receiving direction from the Observational Research Manager, the Research Coordinator coordinates and conducts research activities for quantitative and/or mixed methods research studies and research-related projects. The Research Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and at times conducting quantitative and, where relevant, semi-structured qualitative research interviews with study participants. Duties include coordinating research activities such as supervising and/or mentoring interviewers and other research staff, collecting research data, maintaining research records, and contributing to the management and analysis of quantitative and, where relevant, qualitative data. The Research Coordinator prepares ethics applications and submissions, partakes in the design and creation of communications and public relations tools, manages the consent process and prepare, writes and maintains reports and study documentation. The research coordinator liaises with community stakeholders to facilitate knowledge translation and build awareness about research and facilitate and maintain research capacity.


Clear understanding of the academic research process acquired through practical and/or academic experience.
Strong understanding of quantitative research methods, and experience collecting and reporting quantitative and, where applicable, qualitative data.
Strong knowledge of substance use disorders and responses (e.g., addiction medicine. harm reduction), social determinants of health, intersectionality (i.e., the intersections of gender inequality, racialization, and socio-economic marginalization); an understanding of structural and institutional influences that impact people who use drugs is considered an asset.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload, handle multiple assignments effectively and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability and experience in preparing documents, reports, and communication materials.
Excellent project organization, implementation, and networking skills.
Excellent communication skills.
An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues.
Excellent research skills, with an ability to conduct basic analysis of research data.
Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft Office suite and database management skills.
Demonstrated skill and experience in event planning and grant application preparation.
Strong analytical and planning skills.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in
Social Sciences, Nursing, Health Sciences, or related field;
Minimum of two years’ experience of related professional experience in a health research setting;
Experience in organizing, coordinating, and managing research projects and/or grant-based programs;
Experience supervising data collection activities; and working with key affected populations in research activities, including people who use drugs and Indigenous persons.
Certification in research ethics core principles and guidelines (e.g. TCPS-2).


Coordinates development, implementation, and maintenance of research studies and projects; conducts research visits involving survey-based questionnaires /or qualitative topic guides; and collects data for existing and future projects.
Recruits research participants, manages the consent process, oversees and conducts research interviews (e.g., structured/semi-structured interviews).
Supervises and/or mentors research staff (e.g., Interviewers, Trainees, Peer Research Assistants) by performing duties such as providing guidance and direction on study protocols/processes (e.g., the interview process, process or participant-related questions, managing participant-related changes, data entry), participating in the recruitment and selection of research staff, providing orientation and training, monitoring staff performance and providing feedback to the Principal Investigator(s).
Designs and maintains databases and uses research software to analyze data, where applicable.
Prepares data files evaluating the quality of the data and describing its structure, overseeing data entry procedures, and identifying ways to validate data and enhancing quality control of data.
Writes interview guides, operating procedures, study-related reports, study documents and ethics applications and submissions as well as maintains ethics approvals and liaises with Research Ethics Boards as needed.
Assists the Principal Investigator, Research Manager, and Financial Coordinator with various administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of research studies including paying stipends to participants, keeping record of payment, maintaining study documentation (paper and electronic), etc.
Supports, develops and evaluates strategies that encourage community participation in research and research-related activities.
Liaises with community stakeholders to facilitate knowledge translation to and/or between a wide range of organization activities and groups.
Contributes to the design and creation of communications and public relations tools about research studies (e.g. flyers, posters, other materials) in order to recruit participants; coordinates meetings among community, staff, research teams, and support staff.
Conducts health related work which includes referrals to relevant programs, agencies, service providers and disease prevention programs for participants as needed and appropriate.
Provides education and employment referrals, training, advice and support for community agencies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.