Job title: Community Engagement Coordinator
Department: CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network at the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI)
Location: St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package including four weeks of paid vacation to start, extended health and dental plans, and membership in the Municipal Pension Plan
Desired Start Date: As soon as possible
Term: The duration of this position is expected to be for one year and renewable, dependent on grant funding. The employment status is permanent; however, all research positions are subject to grant funding continuing to be available.
Possibility of Extension: Yes, dependent on grant funding
Application Closing Date: February 1, 2021
Equity and diversity are essential to research and academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or a person who identifies as First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous.
Please Note: The incumbent must be a person living with HIV and be comfortable disclosing their HIV status. During engagement initiatives and consultations, disclosure may be involuntary in settings with other people living with HIV.
The Community Engagement Coordinator will support the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Cross-Core Community Collaboration (C4) Teams in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of community engagement initiatives, and provide overall administrative support to the CAC and C4 Teams, at the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN). The incumbent will facilitate and participate in the engagement of key populations of people living with HIV across Canada. Using a wide variety of tools, techniques and skills, the Community Engagement Coordinator supports the CAC and C4 Teams in developing opportunities for dialogue and nurturing relationships with community members. For the purpose of this role, the Community Engagement Coordinator will have lived experience with HIV.
The Community Engagement Coordinator will ensure engagement initiatives align with the CAC and C4 Teams’ values and principles of community engagement, including inclusion and diversity, mutual trust, respect and accountability, equity, healthy relationships, and knowledge creation.
The CTN is an innovative partnership of clinical investigators, physicians, nurses, people living with HIV/AIDS, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others that facilitate HIV clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards. Established in 1990 as a cornerstone of the federal AIDS Strategy, the CTN is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and jointly sponsored by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Providence Health Care) in Vancouver.
This position has broad-reaching contact across the Network, including with local and national external organizations, and within local and national communities.
Working with a cooperative team of HIV researchers and staff based at St. Paul’s Hospital, the incumbent will collaborate with others to perform a variety of activities. The incumbent will work closely with staff including researchers, epidemiologists, research coordinators and assistants, graduate students and fellows. The position requires interaction and participation with communities of people living with HIV and related organizations through ongoing communication and consultation activities.
Reports to Dr. Cathy Worthington, Team Lead, C4 Teams and Kristin Westland, Chief Administrative Officer, CTN. Works closely with and takes direction from the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee (currently, Mr. Enrico Mandarino), and C4 Teams Co-Chair (to be selected).
This position does not include supervision of other staff.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
This position works with a high degree of independence and responsibility. Errors in judgment could result in reputational consequences for the Network, undermining CTN’s ability to meet commitments and achieve our strategic objectives. Failure to maintain information in confidence could result in damage to credibility and poor relations with internal and external stakeholders. Poor public/private sector relationships could result in a negative image of the CTN, and may impact levels of research funding made available through partnerships.
We are predominantly working from home during the COVID-19 research curtailment period and while protocols for physical distancing remain in place. The position is typically based at the CTN National Centre located at St. Paul's Hospital. The incumbent will be provided with appropriate work space. Travel to meetings and conferences may be required from time to time.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A minimum of 5 years of experience working in an administrative role that required strong organization, communication, and writing skills. Being comfortable with and/or experience in a community engagement role dealing with local communities, stakeholder groups and the general public preferred. Experience working with organizations that support people living with HIV an asset. Has the ability to facilitate effective and diverse community consultations, programs, and initiatives. Additionally:
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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