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Research Coordinator – Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

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Research Coordinator – Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

Shkaabe Makwa/Institute for Mental Health Policy Research

Shkaabe Makwa at CAMH is the first hospital-based Centre in Canada designed to drive culturally-responsive systems initiatives to achieve health justice and wellness for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities through the advancement of research, workforce development and innovative healing models that harmonize traditional knowledge and medical expertise.

The Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR) is home to leading scientific experts dedicated to informing policy and practice on mental illness and substance use disorders. IMHPR scientists conduct collaborative research on communities, populations, health systems and global health, and develop and evaluate prevention and intervention initiatives to reduce mental health and substance use challenges. IMHPR is committed to equity, informed by the social determinants of health.

Position Description

Shkaabe Makwa and the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are seeking a Research Coordinator for a full-time, contract position in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island. Reporting to the Manager, Research and Knowledge Mobilization, Shkaabe Makwa, the Research Coordinator will support a research project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research entitled, the First Nations Wellness Initiative. This project involves the collection of local data and the development of community wellness strategies in Ontario First Nations.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for assisting in implementing and overseeing numerous aspects of the research project, including coordinating and attending meetings of the Community Advisory Circle for the project, community engagement and knowledge transfer events. With oversight from the Naandwechige-Gamig Wiikwemkoong Health Centre’s Health Services Director and the Research Methods Specialist, IMHPR, the Research coordinator will organize and carry out research work and data collection activities at the CAMH mobile lab, including recruiting study participants, obtaining informed consent from study participants, administering research data collection tools and questionnaires, conducting one-to-one interviews and facilitating discussion groups; compiling and organizing large volumes of data; ensuring quality control associated with collection and storage of data; monitoring adherence to safety protocols associated with the mobile lab; orienting and overseeing the work of research assistants; arranging on-site training and meetings; and any other duties associated with the research, as required. Adherence to strict protocols for the protection of data privacy and confidentiality is required. As a member of the research team, the Research Coordinator will join and support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.

This is a three (3) year full-time position with the possibility of extension. This position may have varying hours. This position will be based in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory with occasional travel within Ontario.

Qualifications

This position requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis with preference given to candidates who are members or residents of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in health or social sciences or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of  education and work experience. Knowledge related to mental health, substance use, addictions, or trauma is considered an asset as well as experience interacting with individuals in a research, academic, and/or service agency setting. The successful candidate will have demonstrated research and project coordination experience, knowledge of community-based research design and methods, and experience with data collection techniques and ability to manage data.  Candidates must possess strong organizational skills and be extremely detail-oriented. Candidates must be proficient in using Microsoft Office programs and must be conscientious, reliable, mature, enthusiastic, and motivated. This position requires the ability to work both independently and collaboratively while closely following detailed instructions. Candidates require the ability to work effectively in a wide range of settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. You will be required to attend a two and one-half day CAMH orientation session.  Reliable transportation is required throughout the term of the contract.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This full time, contract position lasting three (3) years is NOT part of any bargaining unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.

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