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Senior Researcher

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Type: Full-time
Category: Policy and Programs

About the Employer

Established in 2011, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was created to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario's 45 publicly funded colleges and universities. As a member organization, it works with those institutions to develop transfer credit policies and practices to ease student mobility.

About the Position

The Senior Researcher supports the development and oversees the implementation of ONCAT’s Research Plan. The Senior Researcher ensures that ONCAT-led and/or funded research projects align with the organization’s mandate and strategic priorities and works closely with consultants, researchers (from other postsecondary educational institutions and/or PSE organizations), ONCAT committees/ working groups, and ONCAT staff/senior management. As a member of the Policy & Programs team, this position will provide coordination to and research expertise on various research initiatives/projects. This position will also provide oversight to ONCAT’s grant (RFP) program supporting credit transfer and student mobility research; working closely with the Project Lead, Grants to be responsible for various aspects of the grant program (e.g. grant program design, application and proposal adjudication, negotiation of research grant contracts, project management/reporting) and strategic analysis of ONCAT funded research projects to inform future planning. As ONCAT continues to support system improvements and the development of a mature transfer system in Ontario, this position will be critical to moving projects forward, ensuring their success and translating knowledge from multiple and across projects to support system development.

To be successful in this position you will display mature judgment, expert knowledge of research and research methodologies, a commitment to high quality work, excellent project management skills, and work effectively independently and in a professional team environment. You must also be committed to the value of postsecondary education, be dedicated to improving the transfer student experience, and demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  1. Manages research contractors and support research grant recipients (30%)
    • Manages the implementation of ONCAT’s research initiatives and ensures alignment with ONCAT’s mandate and priorities.
    • Assembles contracts for researchers/consultants/vendors as per ONCAT financial/procurement policies
    • Develops mechanism for managing multiple projects and ensure accurate tracking of deliverables, check in with researchers, reporting, and delivers invoices to the accounting department for payment
    • Manages strategic research initiatives; including oversight of overall ONCAT research budget, work plans, progress reports, etc. and provides updates to senior management.
  2. Manages research grants stream (50%)
    • Works collaboratively with the Project Lead, Grants, senior management and Policy and Programs Team to implement annual ONCAT Research Grants stream.
    • Provides coordination to support various aspects of the research project life cycle (e.g. Request for Proposal, application, proposal adjudication, awards, contracts and payments, interim reporting and check, and final reporting).
    • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with partner institutions.
    • Ensures accountability of transfer payment funds and proper grants management protocol.
    • Re-negotiates deliverables/contracts or closes grants, where needed, to ensure value for money and alignment with ONCAT mandate and priorities.
  3. Knowledge Mobilization and Planning (10%)
    • Engages sector partners and research community to support, inform and champion ONCAT mandate.
    • Conducts literature reviews, environmental scans and key informant interviews to inform research and planning; develops reports for varied uses and users.
    • Provides analysis and strategic foresight to inform ONCAT planning and supports the development of a mature transfer system in Ontario.
    • Synthesizes and analyses findings from multiple ONCAT research projects and research grants to provide accessible information to inform sector partners, ONCAT communications, etc.
    • Edits and summarizes internal or ONCAT-funded project final reports in preparation for public posting.
      • Reads and reviews final reports of ONCAT-funded projects
      • Writes executive summaries for final reports as required.
    • Provides input and assists in assembling the research stream at ONCAT’s annual conference.
    • Ensures that day to day operations and directions of projects are tied to strategic direction and continue ONCAT’s focus on collaboration and ease of transfer student experience.
  4. Policy & Programs Team (10%)
    • Provides backup support to team members as needed.
    • Recommends future projects and strategies to meet ONCAT’s priorities and mission.
    • Remains current on best practices and emerging trends in the area of research and postsecondary education in order to provide necessary analysis on the impact on activities and priorities within the portfolio.
    • Provides regular updates on projects to senior management.
    • Writes status updates for quarterly and annual reports for government reporting.
    • Provides consultation on issues involving research and data across the organization.
  5. Participates in postsecondary sector and credit transfer-related conference, symposia and fairs (Occasional)
    • Attends and/or presents at ONCAT’s annual Student Pathways Conference
    • Attends and/or presents at credit transfer related conferences and/or fairs
    • Attends and/or presents at other relevant postsecondary sector conferences, symposia, or meetings
    • Attends MTCU meetings as necessary

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Application Instructions

Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@oncat.ca.
The deadline to apply Thursday, November 1st 2018 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

ONCAT is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require an accommodation during this process, please inform ONCAT of your requirements.

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