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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
September 20, 2014
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Associate Director Position Now Open- Apply by June 10th



Position Title: Associate Director

Department: Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action

Employee Group: Research Associates

Date: July 2014 – May 2015

Position Summary

The Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) and its partners are seeking a dynamic individual with academic training, skills and experience in community-based research, and a passion for social justice-oriented work.

CCRLA is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on developing community-university partnerships and producing research, learning and action that advances community well-being and social justice. We are located within the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University but we are working with faculty, students and community partners from a variety of disciplines and focus areas. Our vision is to foster and facilitate community-university partnerships to advance community knowledge, social policy and practice for community wellness and social justice. There are currently five active research groups operating under the umbrella of CCRLA. In partnership with the Laurier Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) and the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG), CCRLA has developed a new internship program focused on community-based research for undergraduate students. This fall, CCRLA is also offering a professional certification program in program evaluation as organizational development. A summer institute in research methods is planned for next year.


  • Take a leadership role within the centre working closely with CCRLA’s Director, Dr. Manuel Riemer (including communication with the advisory board and strategic planning). Will be person to be consulted in the Director’s absence.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the centre (including supervision of the communication and events interns, management of budgets, report writing, management of the Centre’s communication) and leading specific initiatives
  • Oversee the new undergraduate research internship program (includes development of the training program, maintaining relationships with community partners and professors, and supervision of 3 groups of 5 research interns each)
  • Provide support to CCRLA research groups (e.g., grant development, conducting focus groups, report writing, and financial administration)
  • Support the growth and development of the centre by building and maintaining relationships with different stakeholders, developing new initiatives, and identifying new funding sources

Reporting Relationships

  • This Position Reports to: CCRLA’s Director, Dr. Manuel Riemer


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a community research and social justice oriented field would be preferable.
  • 2+ years related experience in community-based research
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Experience in mixed methods research and qualitative interviewing and analysis (including knowledge in the application of SPSS and NVivo)
  • Experience in knowledge mobilization
  • Experience in the supervision of undergraduate research assistants
  • Experience with the preparation and management of budgets and Excel is a strong plus
  • Training and/or experience in program evaluation advantageous

Working Conditions

Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday (however, exact hours can be negotiated to accommodate specific needs).  Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work due to the community-engaged nature of the position and evening events organized by CCRLA and our partners.


Salary commensurate with experience.

This position is open to individuals of any nationality and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority. Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Further information on the equity policy can be found at

If interested in this position, please reply to Dr. Manuel Riemer at with a cover letter, a copy of your CV or resume and the names and contact information of two business/academic references. Deadline for applications is June 10, 2014. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.