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Research Coordinator/Grant Proposal Writer

by Western University

Reference #: 26646
Position Type: Contract
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: May 12, 2022
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 14

Please note, this is a wholly grant funded, 2 year temporary full time contract opportunity.

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), the flagship research and policy alliance in the Faculty of Social Science at Western University, is the umbrella organization for all eight Research Centres within Social Science. NEST produces community impact by conducting world-class multidisciplinary research to address social and economic challenges of our time, and by training the next generation of leading researchers in academia, the private and non-profit sectors, and government. 


NEST is setting up a Research Consultancy to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to gain experience conducting and disseminating research outside of academia, with community impact. The Research Coordinator/Grant Proposal Writer will support the development, coordination and operationalization of the Research Consultancy involving multiple projects and partners. This involves advertising the Consultancy to potential partners, successfully writing proposals and bringing in non-academic research grants and contracts, and coordinating teams to work on these projects, while providing administrative oversight of the progress of the projects and tracking outputs and outcomes. The Research Coordinator/Grant Proposal Writer will ensure that each proposal conforms to Western's and the funding agency policies, procedures and criteria, and will also foster collaboration among researchers within Western Social Science. The goal is for the Consultancy to become self-funded by December 2023 due to the volume of contracts and grants that are brought in. 


-    Undergraduate degree in Social Science or related field
-    Masters’ degree in Social Science or related field is preferred

-    3 years' experience working in government, non-profit, or private sector, including grant proposal writing and partner relations 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-    Demonstrated ability to evaluate opportunities and to write successful grant proposals and contracts for government, not-for-profit and private sector organizations, including budgeting
-    Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate research contracts and grants
-    Ability to ensure expenditures and resources are within allotments, and to make appropriate modifications when required
-    Ability to manage relationships, build networks, and find common ground to build rapport, including ability to nurture partner relationships
-    Strong communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and completing analytics and reports
-    Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
-    Ability to understand customer needs and expectations and provide excellent customer service to directly and indirectly satisfy expectations
-    Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with associates and colleagues including senior management
-    Demonstrated ability to market services, including strategic communications planning and implementation – website, social media, presentations, one-on-one meetings
-    Knowledge of infographic design
-    Knowledge of the research enterprise and direct experience with research is an asset
-    Demonstrated ability to handle multiple and concurrent priorities, and to meet deadlines
-    Experience using established and emerging media strategies for communication and engagement
-    Project management skills to align projects with strategic goals and operational objectives
-    Flexible and adaptable to changing and competing priorities, and able to problem solve effectively
-    Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Pro, PowerPoint, Word Press, design software and social media platforms (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter)

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit: for further information and to apply online referencing job #26646 by 11:59PM on June 1, 2022.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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