The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Science and Research

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Research Office at Mount Saint Vincent University invites applications for the position of Research Grants Officer.

Classification: Full-time, MPA Level 4 Position
Starting Salary: $62,958 (Step Progression: $62,958 to $76,598)
Start Date: ASAP

Application Process: If you require an accommodation at any time during the application process, please let us know.

Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on July 22, 2024.

What you'll do


The Research Grants Officer (RGO) reports directly to the Associate Vice-President, Research (AVPR), and is expected to have an open line of communication with the AVPR on all aspects of the job. The RGO leads the development, coordination, and submission of external research grants, coordinating with funding agencies and granting councils to support MSVU's research strategic priorities and regional, national, and international research. This includes locating new or relevant sources of funding, communicating with funding agencies and research councils, advising faculty on and reviewing, editing and submitting proposals, reviewing and aligning budgets, and writing and coordinating letters of support, and preparing and submitting reports, while upholding institutional commitments to Truth and Reconciliation as well as Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) in research.

The RGO leads and supports all aspects of the MSVU internal grant awards and the Committee on Research and Publications (CRP). This includes meeting coordination and scheduling, and the creation and maintenance of CRP documents, including but not limited to policies, application documents, calls for funding, award letters, and Senate reports.

The RGO maintains relevant sections of the website, serves in an advisory role on all Research Office communications, events, and workshops, and supervises students working on similar initiatives. This role supports and participates in strategic and ad hoc research-related initiatives, working groups, committees and advisory groups, and for disseminating information to faculty accordingly. The RGO has responsibility for reporting and communicating to external funders, to the AVPR, Senate, CRP, and research policy reporting, for tracking information on pre­ and post-award activities. This role involves working closely with administrative and technical personnel, researchers, faculty members, partner institutions, and funding agencies.

What you'll need


The ideal candidate must have completed at minimum, a Master's degree with a research component and three years of related experience in research administration, project management, or another related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience with Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) and Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) grants is preferred. The successful candidate will be an independent worker who has demonstrated project management skills, time management, communications, and the ability to multi-task and maintain professional composure in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with both diverse individuals and organizations and will have demonstrated commitment or lived experience to Truth and Reconciliation as well as EDIA. Candidates should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and have an aptitude for, or previous experience, using business enterprise systems such as Colleague, Banner, PeopleSoft, etc.

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Mount Saint Vincent University

A leader in online and experiential learning, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. With equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility at the fore, MSVU has been challenging the status quo since its founding 150 years ago (1873) and today prioritizes access and impact for all underserved groups. MSVU has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios across its programs in Arts, Science, Education and Professional Studies; for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities; for its legacy in the advancement of women; and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, nutrition, childhood development and more. MSVU is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.