University of Waterloo

Arts Research Development Officer

Requisition ID 2021-6793
Job Category
Dean of Arts Office
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$81,811 - $102,263


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


Research data

  • Build and maintain a repository of information on research activities within the Faculty of Arts, to be used to support strategic planning and decision-making, research reporting and promotion, identification of potential research collaborations, recruiting, etc.. Examples include (but are not limited to): areas of research strength and concentrated expertise in the Faculty, participation in interdisciplinary and/or community engaged research collaboration, research outputs and impacts, and sources of research funding
  • Provide support to the Associate Dean of Arts, Research, in the management and tracking of Arts Research Fund commitments and Office of Research paperwork (e.g., internal nominations for awards, research grant cover sheets, etc.)


  • At least a Master’s degree or equivalent experience, preferably in a field related to the Humanities or Social Sciences
  • 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

  • Some evening/weekend work required during peak deadline periods

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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