Indigenous Research Coordinator

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Author ahnationtalk
Date September 29, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $33.33 - $39.23 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 9572
Apply By : 10/9/2018
Position Title : Indigenous Research Coordinator
Department : Office of Indigenous Initiatives/Office of Research Services
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Senior Indigenous Advisor and the Director of the Office of Research Services
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Indigenous Research Coordinator.

The Indigenous Research Coordinator provides expertise and service to assist and enhance Indigenous research at Wilfrid Laurier University. The incumbent will have significant experience in conducting Indigenous research and in applying for grants to support Indigenous research. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives and the Director of the Office of Research Services, (ORS) the Indigenous Research Coordinator supports the development of Indigenous research within the Laurier community by: 1) providing support to faculty as they engage in Indigenous research, including supporting applications for research funding ; 2) supporting Indigenous faculty members as they engage in research, including supporting applications for research funding 3) facilitating culturally appropriate ways of engaging Indigenous communities and providing expertise in research engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations and networks; 4) developing relevant workshops and instructional supports to support Indigenous research; 5) working closely with colleagues across the institution to assist in building capacity around Indigenous research and 6) supporting the activities of the Research Ethics Board (REB).

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based on the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo, Brantford and Kitchener Campuses, as well as the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.

Accountabilities : Partnership Development

  • Promote research by bringing together the expertise of Indigenous individuals, communities, organizations, and networks with that of the academic community, to engage in work that meets goals and objectives that is specified by and meaningful to both Indigenous and academic individuals and groups;
  • Consult with communities to identify community research needs, connecting them, where possible, to relevant Laurier stakeholders;
  • Provide a strategic and coordinating role to improve access between the University and the various Indigenous communities it serves in a research capacity;
  • Make recommendations on strategic opportunities for major partnerships or projects including assessing required planning, resources, timelines, and potential impact.
  • Practice culturally appropriate ways of engaging Indigenous communities and provide expertise in research engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations and networks.

Research Program Support


  • Conduct an internal scan of Indigenous-focused research at Laurier to identify all faculty members engaged in Indigenous research;
  • Advise and support Indigenous faculty on the development of their research programs through identifying funding opportunities and working with ORS Research Facilitators on grant submissions;
  • Advise faculty members on the development of research grants pertaining to Indigenous research.  This assistance includes comprehensive critique of grant methodology, organization, and fit with the opportunity.  Often it includes, writing entire sections of grants that pertain to Indigenous research.

Research Ethics Support


  • Function as an ad-hoc member on Laurier’s Research Ethics Board (REB), review ethics proposals for research involving indigenous peoples and communities;
  • Assist researchers in working with community research ethics boards; and
  • Develop training resources, guidelines and protocols on the ethics of conducting research involving diverse Indigenous communities.

General Accountabilities


  • Advise colleagues and faculty members on matters pertaining to Indigeneity;
  • Design, develop, and deliver workshops and training to faculty and staff in the use of best practices that support Indigenous  research;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of Indigenous knowledge and practices into Laurier’s research activities;
  • Foster a strong internal network of indigenous-focused research stakeholders at Laurier, to maximize the impact of community research engagement activities. This includes participating in relevant committees and working groups.



  • Master’s degree in Indigenous studies or other related field
  • Minimum of two years of work experience in higher education
  • He/she is from one of the constitutionally recognized Indigenous peoples of Canada (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit)
  • Significant experience conducting Indigenous research is required
  • Experience in applying for research funding
  • Experience with a REB or equivalent
  • Experience working with Indigenous community groups
  • Evidence of an advanced level of tact in addressing sensitive issues with multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the highly political nature of Indigeneity and Indigenous issues and experience in navigating difficult conversations towards positive outcomes
  • Able to effectively communicate expertise with Indigenous-focused research to faculty and staff
  • Experience with mentoring, mediation, and negotiation
  • Superior organizational, project management, communication (written and oral), and self-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team or project setting
  • A client-oriented, research-informed, evidence-based, outcomes-centered approach to practice
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products

Grade : WLUSA-08
Salary : $33.33 – $39.23
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position until October 31, 2020.

This position is not eligible for educational equivalencies.
Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or






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