The Opportunity

Halifax, NS

Inspired by a strong tradition of social responsibility and an enduring commitment to the advancement of women, Mount Saint Vincent University promotes academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge. Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to recruiting exceptional and diverse scholars and recognized as a leader in applied research.

The Global Aging and Community Initiative (GACI) is seeking candidates for a Research Program Manager. The GACI's mission is to create new knowledge focused on the health and well-being of older persons worldwide through collaborative research across a broad global scientific community. Research at the GACI currently revolves around three main areas: 1) long-term impact of war and wartime trauma on health and aging, 2) demography of chronic pain, and 3) religiosity and health. Please visit for more information.

Salary Range: $18-24/hour, commensurate with experience.
Preferred Start Date: October 28, 2019
Duration of appointment: One year with the possibility of a longer term extension

What you'll do


The successful applicant will report to Dr. Zachary Zimmer, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Aging and Community. The Research Program Manager (RPM) will work closely with Dr. Zimmer to provide operational oversight of the GACI, including financial management, grant proposal development, supervision of research assistants, and collaboration with other staff. The RPM will liaise with project collaborators, track and maintain project objectives, assist with reports to internal departments and funding agencies, and oversee communications and outreach (including organization of events and website maintenance). Other related administrative duties will also be required as needed. This is a part-time (17.5 hours/week), one-year term with the possibility of extension and possible increase in hours if required and agreed upon.

What you'll need


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree with 1-3 years professional experience.
  • Familiarity with research funding landscape in Canada and experience with grant proposals and budget management, particularly within a post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent organization, planning and decision-making skills with ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, resolve conflicts and solve problems with sound judgement.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Competence with basic administrative functions and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint/OneDrive and data analysis software (SPSS, Stata) considered an asset.
  • Experience with social media, web design, and knowledge mobilization of research considered an asset.
  • Event planning experience and/or staff supervision considered an asset.
  • Degree in a Social Science field, such as Sociology, Demography, Epidemiology, Population Health, Global Health, considered an asset.

A little bit about us

Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, 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, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us. 

Are you interested?

Work With Us

We will begin considering applications immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Interested parties should forward a letter of application describing their interest in and suitability for the position, a resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF to Dr. Zachary Zimmer at

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.