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Project Manager

Department:

Health Behaviour Research Group, Department of Health Studies and Gerontology

Effective Date: December 17, 2004
Grade: 7 Reports to:

General Accountability

The incumbent is responsible for assisting in all aspects of planning, development, evaluation and maintenance of a specific project or projects. The incumbent will collaborate with the Project Directors and the Project Coordinator toward achieving major project objectives, following a detailed time line and work plan, within a specified budget.  The incumbent reports to: both the Project Directors and the Project Coordinator (if assigned).

Nature and Scope

The Organization

HBR has provided staff and research support to a growing group of health researchers largely based at the University of Waterloo.  Since 1978, the research conducted by HBR investigators and staff has been recognized nationally and internationally for excellence, innovation and impact.  The majority of our efforts have been related to smoking prevention and cessation, heart health, and cancer prevention.  Our primary funding sources have included the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Institutes of Health (U.S.), Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Investigators and staff work in partnership with public health units, school boards, federal, provincial and local governments, non-government health organizations, and health professionals to plan, conduct, and disseminate research.  We have close ties with the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.  HBR is also an active partner in the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Ontario Tobacco Strategy.  Finally, HBR is a member of the UW Centre for Applied Health Research.

HBR is subcontracted by the UW Survey Research Centre (SRC) to run a telephone survey centre.  HBR is responsible for programming surveys, conducting interviews, monitoring data, and the training and supervision of interview staff. 

HBR is directed by Drs. Steve Brown (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science) and Paul McDonald (Department of Health Studies and Gerontology).  Additional leadership and support is provided by two dozen staff including an Associate Director; Project Coordinators, Data Analysts, Project Managers, Computer Programmers and Data Managers, Administrative Assistants, and several graduate and undergraduate students. 

Major Challenges of the Position

The position requires an ability to think critically and analytically, drawing upon a sound basis of research education and experience. The position also requires sound written and verbal communication, decision-making, organization, attention to detail, and time management.

The position requires the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly with Investigators drawn from both UW and other institutions, with staff, and with local governmental and community organizations.  

The incumbent will be required to function well as a member of the research team and as an integral part of the larger HBR team.

The incumbent may also contribute to the HBR research agenda by assisting with the preparation of scientific papers and grant proposals.

Statistical Data

HBR is in the midst of significant growth.  Funding in 2005 is anticipated to exceed two million dollars, with a concomitant increase in personnel.  Equally important is that the profile of our work has been increasing.  We expect to expand our work with several other major international research groups.

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions