Project Manager – Population Data BC

Job ID: 26913 (Job posting:
Location: Vancouver – Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Management&Professional (AAPS)
Job Category: Research & Facilitation
Classification Title: Research&Facilitation, Level C
Business Title: Project Manager
Department: Population Data BC
Salary: $64,402.00 – $92,778.00 (Annual)

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Desired Start Date: 2017/07/10
Job End Date: 2018/07/09
Funding Type: Grant Funded

Closing Date:  2017/07/12    Available Openings: 1

Guiding principle: “Midpoint” of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

Population Data BC is a multi-university, data and education resource facilitating interdisciplinary research on the determinants of human health, well-being and development.

We support secure research access to individual-level, de-identified longitudinal data on British Columbia’s 4.6 million residents, linking data across various sectors such as health, education, early childhood development, workplace and the environment. Population Data BC also offers a professional specialization certificate in Population Health Data Analysis, training researchers across Canada and around the world.

Population Data BC is based at the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), which is in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Key objectives of Population Data BC are to:
1) Make more data sets available for research
2) Facilitate cross-linkages among the data sets in a privacy sensitive manner
3) Provide strategic leadership to ensure streamlined researcher access to these data
4) Provide educational and other opportunities to ensure full and best use of those data

The Project Manager will take significant leadership in a timely applied research project that will engage with the public to develop recommendations for reformed governance of access to research resources. Developments in data, technology, researcher desires, and public expectations have outpaced the outdated data access arrangements currently in use, and this program of research aims to address this issue while enhancing the legitimacy of policies for accessing new and complex linked data through consultation with a deliberatively engaged public. Objectives of this project include: understanding how a deliberatively engaged public assesses and advises regarding criteria for the use of data and biospecimens; and the design and proposal of a model of sustained public involvement in data access governance in collaboration with data stewards.

Organizational Status

This position reports to the Scientific Director of Population Data BC. The Project Manager works with other staff, and is expected to liaise with external stakeholders, data stewards, and other members of the investigative team.

Work Performed

  • Provides overall project leadership for a public engagement research project as outlined in a funded CIHR grant
  • Develops and implements strategic work plans and timelines
  • Establishes procedures to ensure that objectives for the project are met
  • Monitors and evaluates project progress against objectives and milestones
  • Identifies and works to remove barriers to successful project completion, resolves issues and facilitates collaboration between investigative team and external stakeholders
  • Identifies, designs and develops research strategies and methodologies to address research objectives
  • Assists with research and writing of material to be used in public engagement
  • Plans, manages and handles communications for the public engagement research project
  • Creates research project plans that include setting priorities, goals and timelines; facilitates the research review process
  • Works with the investigative team and project stakeholders on framing questions and other planning aspects of public engagement
  • Leads event planning and production of materials for public engagement
  • Analyses transcripts and other information gathered during public engagement events
  • Prepares academic material and knowledge translation material based on analyses
  • Assesses ability of PopData to embed public engagement in its ongoing work
  • Oversees the development of study protocols, data collection guidelines, ethics application, study agreements and other study documentation
  • Prepares, forecasts and manages project budget in consultation with Operations Lead
  • Builds and fosters effective working relationships with external stakeholders, data stewards and other members of the team
  • Participates in knowledge translation
  • Performs other related duties, as required

Supervision Received

The position reports to the Scientific Director of Population Data BC.

Works with wide latitude. Work is reviewed in relation to meeting the objectives of the grant.

Supervision Given

May provide direction to research assistants and students, in relation to the project.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The position involves considerable latitude in determining priorities, setting timelines and judgment in developing communications products that are professional, yet understandable. A lack of judgment or attention to detail could have a negative effect on PopData, SPPH, the University and our partner agencies.

The incumbent must be capable of managing and coordinating many activities related to complex projects. The Project Manager is accountable for the effective execution of research activities related to this project

This role will work under strict confidentiality because of the nature of the data holdings. Population Data BC’s core activities are critically dependent on the health information systems that have been developed and are maintained. Any breach in data security would place the reputation and future of Population Data BC as well as its partner organizations at risk.


– Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project otherwise Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. Post-graduate degree in – a relevant social science or health discipline and four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience 4 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for research project otherwise 6 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if not research work. .
Background in one or more of the following areas: public deliberation, public engagement, participatory methods, facilitation methods, health research using complex linked data, biobanking.
– Excellent communication skills, including strong writing, research and interpersonal skills
– Excellent organizational, project management and administration skills
– Demonstrated ability to take initiative
– Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
– Ability to exercise tact and discretion
– Ability to work creatively and effectively with a variety of individuals within and outside of the organization

Due to the privacy-sensitive nature of the data holdings at Population Data BC and requirements of some of our data providers, all staff of Population Data BC are required to complete a Criminal Record Check.

Equity and diversity are essential to 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 status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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