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Job Number:  45770
Director of Research and Advocacy
Job Posted: Monday, 25 June 2018
Closing Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
(66 days ago)
UofA Students' Union
Region: Edmonton area Type: Full time
Location: Edmonton Salary: (not entered)

The Director of Research and Advocacy (DRA) is the primary strategic resource for university advocacy in the Students’ Union, and manager of the Department of Research and Advocacy (herein referred to as “the Department”). Reporting dually to the UASU President and General Manager, the DRA is responsible for research and policy analysis, record keeping, as well as providing strategic general oversight and specific strategic assessment related to the affairs of the University of Alberta. The DRA is the chief advisor to the Executive Committee, particularly the President, Vice President (Academic), and Vice President (Student Life), regarding the policy and advocacy-related objectives of the Students’ Union. The DRA also serves as a project and research coordinator for specific University advocacy initiatives and is responsible for day-to-day supervision and mentorship of two undergraduate research analysts.


Job Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the Department of Research and Advocacy, fulfill the mandate of the department, and be responsible for the overall administration of the Department, including the budget, human resources and performance accountability.

  2. Recruit, supervise and mentor Department of Research and Advocacy staff including the External Advocacy Advisor, and student Research Analysts.

  3. As directed and independently, the DRA will initiate, oversee and execute research into, and analysis of, University practice and policy in both Academic and non-Academic realms.

  4. Develop and implement periodic advocacy plans for all Executive portfolios, in collaboration with the External Advocacy Advisor.

  5. Complete short-term projects such as lobby documents, fact sheets, pamphlets, policy briefs, or other campaign materials in collaboration with the EAA and relevant Executive Committee members.

  6. Prepare regular briefing notes on the work of standing and advisory committees of the University of Alberta for members of the Executive Committee, including but not limited to, General Faculties Council, Board of Governors and all associated committees as applicable.

  7. Engage in long-term or large-scale research studies at the request of the Executives.

  8. Offer strategic advice and support in the development and execution of university and external advocacy action plans and coordinate multi-year advocacy projects.

  9. Work in conjunction with the Executive Committee and the marketing department to develop and disseminate messaging relating to Executive advocacy.

  10. Stay apprised of developments related to other external stakeholders (academic staff, non-academic staff, graduate student union, central administration of the University of Alberta) and identify strategic opportunities for collaboration to successfully execute Executive’s advocacy goals.

  11. Monitor sector publications for emerging trends in University affairs and the post-secondary sector, provincially, nationally and internationally.

  12. Coordinate a qualitative and, where possible, quantitative annual report of department performance and SU advocacy accomplishment as well as strategic observations regarding upcoming challenges and opportunities.

  13. Cultivate an active awareness of the scope of academic, ancillary and research activities on campus and beyond, and communicate this information to the Executives on a regular basis.

  14. Be able to retrieve and present information on demand about U of A policies, procedures, practices, documents, services, programs, and other information as requested.

  15. Coordinate with other relevant units of the Students’ Union (such as Discover Governance), as necessary, to stay appraised of emerging student issues and trends at the faculty level and advise Executives accordingly.

  16. Analyze all U of A strategic, budget, and policy documents.

  17. Review, analyze, and suggest amendments to University policies as needed.

  18. Maintain records, track trends, initiate research and/or analyze data on the main areas of student concerns.

  19. Support Executives in resolving strategic and relevant concerns brought forward by constituency members.

  20. Conduct research into the priorities, policies, and practices of other post secondary institutions in Alberta, Canada, and beyond as directed.

  21. Attend internal and external meetings as required.

  22. Prepare reports, position papers, and strategic documents as required.

  23. Present research and strategic insights to internal and external stakeholders.

  24. Provide research support and advice to other units or officials of the Students’ Union, as needed.

  25. As needed, advise other units of the Students’ Union working in partnership with the University of Alberta on potential strategic and policy development issues

  26. Perform any other job-related duties as required by the Executive.



  1. Bachelor's Degree in social sciences, educational policy or related equivalent experience with analytical research.

  2. Familiarity with post-secondary education sector in Alberta or Canada and/or experience in the University of Alberta governance and academic climate OR demonstrated interest in post-secondary sector.

  3. Experience drafting and/or interpreting policy required.

  4. Experience with preparing policy/meeting briefs and lobby documents required.

  5. Experience supervising and mentoring a team of staff on a daily basis strongly preferred.

  6. Experience with advising individuals in elected roles, strategic planning, designing and implementing advocacy projects strongly preferred

  7. Experience with directed and independent research; experience with initiating, designing and executing qualitative and quantitative research an asset.

  8. Able to work in a diplomatic and credible manner with people, especially students and University personnel.

  9. Strong written and verbal communication skills and critical thinking skills.

  10. Ability to work with minimal supervision, lead initiatives as required, as well as take directions from others.

Deadline to Apply: July 19, 2018

Please include resume, cover letter and salary expectations in application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Contact Details:
UofA Students' Union
2-900 SUB
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2J7

Tel: 7804924241
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