Research Manager
Competition 889

Department Faculty of Arts - Parkland Inst
Salary range $59,822 - $82,266
Posted date May 6, 2024
Closing date May 23, 2024
Position Type Full Time - Trust Funded


This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and an annual salary range of $59,822 to $82,266.

Location - This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person work at North Campus Edmonton.

Working at the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is a community of knowledge seekers, change makers and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 14,000 faculty and staff, over 40,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people — from our students and community members, to our renowned researchers and innovators, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger and more just. Learn more.

Working for the Parkland Institute

Parkland Institute is a socially-engaged Alberta network that applies a political economy perspective to understand public issues so that the forces of change can be harnessed for the common good. Parkland values its cooperative relationships with progressive thinkers from universities and colleges, social movements, labour and professional organizations and the private sector, as well as, independent researchers and the general public. For more information about the Institute, please visit the website at


Parkland Institute Research Managers, under the supervision of the Executive Director, are responsible for conducting public-facing research on Alberta public policy for Parkland Institute, and for managing Parkland research projects being carried out by external researchers.


  • Set Parkland's research priorities and annual research agenda in conjunction with other staff and the Research Advisory Committee
  • Research and write policy briefs, research papers, and reports
  • Identify research funding opportunities including government, academic, foundation and private sources, and develop, write and submit funding proposals
  • Build, coordinate, and maintain Parkland's province-wide and national research networks
  • Build and maintain relationships with Parkland's partners (internal and external) and funders
  • Coordinate the review and editing of all Parkland research
  • Provide financial management of individual research projects and liaise with the Associate Director about the overall research and organizational budgets
  • Write articles and opinion pieces for newspapers, the Parkland Institute website, social media, and other publications
  • Give public presentations and speak at conferences, symposia and to the media on research-related topics
  • Recruit, coordinate, and supervise research contractors, student researchers, interns, and volunteers
  • Work as part of the Parkland board and staff team in strategic planning of Parkland's activities, including networking, fundraising, outreach and public programming


  • A minimum of a Master's degree in a related field
  • A strong background in public policy analysis and in the political economy of Alberta in particular
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak and write for both popular and academic audiences
  • Experience giving media interviews and providing media commentary is a definite asset
  • Familiarity with the progressive research community in Alberta or demonstrated ability to become familiar with it
  • Excellent networking, coordination, and interpersonal skills 

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF document, under "Resume and Cover Letter (one file)"
  • Please submit a short sample of your popular writing, under "Other"
  • Please submit a list of references, under "References"

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.


Note: This opportunity will be available until midnight May 23, 2024, Edmonton, Alberta local time.