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Project Coordinator 

Department: MAREP (RIA, Applied Health Sciences) Effective Date: November 2010
Grade: USG 10 Reports to: Director of MAREP

General Accountability

The Project Coordinator is accountable to the Director of MAREP. The incumbent is responsible for coordination of all aspects of the development, implementation, and reporting of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance Project. The Project Coordinator will take direction from a detailed proposal, and collaborate with the Principal Investigators of the PiDC Alliance toward achieving major project objectives, following a detailed time line and work plan, within a specific budget.

Nature and Scope

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), located within the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo ( is a research organization within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, involved in research and education broadly aimed at improving the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD) and their family partners in care. The largest current research initiative is the PiDC project, a project of research supported by a SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance grant. The goal of the PiDC Alliance is to facilitate sustainable and replicable long-term care culture change reflective of an authentic partnership approach in dementia care in order to improve the quality of care for persons with dementia and their families and to improve the quality of work life for staff working in those settings.

The Principal Investigators of the PiDC Alliance are Dr. Sherry Dupuis (MAREP Director/Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at UW), and Dr. Carrie McAiney (McMaster University).

Statistical Data

The Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance is a collaboration of over 50 partnering organizations at the regional, provincial and national level. It brings together individuals and organizations representing all key stakeholder groups involved in dementia care in Canada including persons living with dementia, family members, staff working in dementia care, dementia care specialists/educators, specialists in knowledge translation, community and long-term care social support service agencies, policy makers, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers and students. The research will be conducted in three different long-term care settings in Southern Ontario. University of Waterloo personnel involved in the project include 3 faculty members, 2 doctoral students, a post-doctoral fellow, and 2 full-time MAREP staff members. Total funding for the Alliance over the five years of the project is $1,799,747 which includes $999,347 from SSHRC, as well as $248,400 in in-kind contributions, $278,500 in in-kind staff contributions, and $273,500 in cash contributions from the Alliance partners.

Specific Accountabilities

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Working Conditions