The Arts Research Development Officer (ARDO) provides executive support to the Associate Dean of Arts, Research, in the areas of Faculty of Arts research development, research data tracking, and grants and awards facilitation.
The ARDO’s role is threefold: 1) to promote a thriving research culture within the Faculty of Arts, 2) to facilitate research grant applications and award nominations within the Faculty of Arts, and 3) to collect research-related data and information to support strategic planning, reporting, and recruitment in the Faculty of Arts. To enable the ARDO to meet the position’s core objectives, they will be required to work collaboratively with individuals from a wide range of academic and administrative units, both within the University and outside of it, and to participate on research-relevant Faculty of Arts and university committees.
Faculty Research Development
Work with the Dean of Arts and Associate Dean of Arts, Research, to develop long-term strategic plans for research within the Faculty of Arts
Encourage and help facilitate cross-departmental links, interdisciplinary research, collaborative partnerships, knowledge mobilization activities, and the development of Arts Faculty centers and institutes
Create and manage select Faculty-wide research events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, and special lectures, as required
Work with the Associate Dean, Research, and with other senior faculty to develop formal and informal mentoring strategies in the Faculty that are targeted toward new faculty, graduate students, and researchers who have experienced difficulty in maintaining a research agenda because of family commitments or other restricting factors
Liaise with the Arts Communication Manager to manage and expand research-related content on the Research section of the Arts Faculty website
Liaise with the Arts Communications Manager to ensure that news about research activities and achievements in Arts is disseminated to as wide an audience as possible
Promote a lively and collegial internal research culture by providing, as appropriate, multiple opportunities (forums, events, seminars, workshops, etc.) for researchers to meet informally and develop shared interests and initiatives
Maintain a familiarity with trends in higher education and research funding through regular consultation with publications such as University Affairs, the CAUT Bulletin, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Matters, etc.; maintain a familiarity with research trends, initiatives, and goals within the University through regular consultation with UW’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Research Plan, Office of Research reports and brochures, etc.
Participate, as appropriate, in research-relevant Faculty of Arts and university-wide committees
Attend General Group meetings of Department Chairs; and attend meetings of Departments, as required
Research Grants and Awards Facilitation
Work with the Associate Dean of Arts, Research, to increase the number and success rate of Arts Faculty grant applications for both faculty and graduate students competing in Tri-Council and other competitions
Provide direct support to Faculty researchers applying for internal or external research grants by providing pre-submission consulting and guidance
Provide indirect support for Faculty researchers applying for internal or external research grants by distributing timely information and help sheets (e.g., grant deadlines, FAQs, grant writing tips, internal peer reviewer lists, proposal templates, etc.)
Engage directly in the writing of grant proposals for select grant applications (e.g., CRCs, CFIs, and larger collaborative, partnership or institutional grants), as required
Liaise with Office of Research grant officers and financial managers to ensure appropriate grant and project management processes to ensure that quality grant applications are delivered in a timely fashion and meet university requirements
Organize grant information and grant-writing seminars for faculty (and, occasionally, graduate students), as required
Organize or participate in new faculty research orientation sessions, as required
Participate in professional development opportunities (e.g., CARA conferences, grant-writing workshops, etc.) to ensure up-to-date knowledge and professional skills
Work with the Dean of Arts, Associate Dean of Arts, Research, and Arts members of the Waterloo Awards Committee to identify suitable candidates for national and international research awards and prizes (e.g., Royal Society, Trudeau Foundation, Killam, SSHRC Impact Awards, etc.)
Provide direct and indirect support to Arts chairs, nominators and nominees in the development of competitive external award and prize nominations
Provide management support to the Dean of Arts in the operation of the Arts Honours and Awards Committee
3+ years relevant experience in a university research or research administration environment, including experience compiling and integrating relevant information (both qualitative and statistical) from a broad range of sources
Demonstrated ability to review and edit grant proposals and budgets
Knowledge of tri-agency programs and policies
Familiarity with other major research funding programs, both federal and provincial
Strong project- and time-management, attention-to-detail, and problem-solving skills
Strong writing, editing, and presentation skills
Strong analytical skills and the ability to integrate and synthesize complex data and ideas
Ability and confidence to communicate effectively with researchers from a variety of disciplines, with staff and senior administrators, and with sponsors
Ability to work with confidential information
Ability to work independently, and the capacity to work effectively and efficiently in a complex, fast-paced, and changing environment with numerous deadlines and priorities
Advanced ability with standard software, e.g., MS Word and Excel
Familiarity with data management software such as Power BI, Air Table or similar, an asset; proven ability to learn new software on demand required
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