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RCMR Administrator – Faculty of Native Studies

Posted: March 28, 2019

The Role

Competition No: S115732662D1
Posting Date: Mar 27, 2019
Closing Date: Apr 08, 2019

Position Type: Full Time, Grant Funded
Salary Range: $50,425 to $68,486 per year
Grade: 08
Hours: 35

The RCMR Administrator will report to the Director of RCMR and is responsible for the coordination and functional oversight of RCMR activity and the facilitation of research activities being carried out with Métis communities and organizations in Canada. Some evening and weekend work may be required, as well as travel for community and academic events as necessary.


  • Coordinates, organizes and promotes research events
  • Prepares and analyzes monthly and annual financial reports (account reconciliations) with the assistance of the Assistant Dean (Administration) for the RCMR Council/ Board meetings and other stakeholders
  • Maintains research infrastructure and facilitates research related to the Centre’s mandate
  • Seeks and identifies relevant research opportunities and supports the Centre’s own research activity
  • Deploys technical research skills to assist with the completion of research tasks, such as library searches
  • Interprets and re-writes technical information regarding research techniques and outcomes to make them easier to understand to relevant stakeholders (community, government, funders, etc.)
  • In collaboration with the Trustholder, makes recommendations for possible collaborations with other researchers and/or puts the community research needs in touch with the most suitable Principal Investigator; ensures that deliverables for each research project are identified and goals are being met on time
  • Prepares documentation required for risk management (i.e. for travel or ethics)
  • Facilitates and promotes the Centre’s connections and relationships with Métis Nation governments and agencies
  • Identifies sources of funding for research and other purposes
  • Takes a leading role in grant writing and funding applications
  • Encourages the dissemination of the Centre’s scholarly knowledge to the Métis Nation, academic and public audiences
  • Creates and sustains the optimal organization of the Centre’s administrative resources
  • Serves as secretary to the RCMR Executive Council
  • Maintains the Centre’s research data systems and social media accounts
  • Advises on relevant university, faculty, and Institute/Centre policies and procedures in all areas of operation
  • Creates and maintains the Centre’s internal system of record keeping (i.e. a comprehensive digital filing system with hard copies)
  • Serves as the Centre’s representative at faculty and university financial and administrative networks
  • Monitors and forecasts expenditures and budgets to ensure account(s) are not over-expended/committed
  • Makes travel arrangements for the Director, research team members and visitors and coordinates itineraries; prepares summary report of travel activities
  • Must travel by car to remote Metis Communities on occasion
  • Organizes, coordinates, and/or provides support to events and/or meetings for the Centre
  • Prepares requisitions of supplies and services (i.e. processes invoices, contract for services, accounts payable)
  • Prepares accounts receivable invoices for submission to Financial Services
  • Provides basic technical support (software and audio visual); supports website development related to RCMR
  • Produces PowerPoint presentations, posters, graphic works, citation support and layout/formatting for publications and knowledge mobilization efforts
  • Performs other administrative duties as assigned by the Director (recruitment of volunteers, student volunteer, oversight of research assistants, etc.)

To Fit the Role


  • Minimum Bachelor’s of Arts degree in social sciences (preferably Native Studies); equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • 1-2 years of related project coordination experience
  • Knowledge of the history and geography of the Métis Nation and present day politics and aspirations of Métis Nation communities, governments and agencies
  • Previous project management experience and/or involvement in any research activity involving primary research are strong assets
  • Ability to comprehend, learn and adapt to the dynamic university administrative support systems
  • Excellent and efficient online research skills
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly, concisely and comprehensively so as to produce technical and legacy documents
  • Knowledge of and confidence in the use of MAC OS, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Gmail Suite, (i.e. Calendaring, GMail, Drive);
  • skill and aptitude to use spreadsheets effectively to organize day to day operations;
  • knowledge of PeopleSoft is an asset
  • Ability to comprehend and manipulate numerical data (i.e. accounts) and an aptitude for budgeting
  • Excellent project coordination and information management abilities
  • Ability to independently problem solve and successfully manage multiple priorities
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License (Alberta Provincial Equivalent)
  • Experience & Knowledge working with Aboriginal Communities is an asset
  • Fluency in an Canadian Aboriginal Language is an asset



Application Procedure

Please visit the University of Alberta website here for more details and to apply.