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Director, Resiliency and Child Advocacy Research

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applicants will be on October 2, 2023.

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Position Title Director, Resiliency and Child Advocacy Research
Position Summary
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Applied Research, the Director, Resiliency and Child Advocacy Research directs and manages Red Deer Polytechnic’s applied research activities regarding Resiliency and Child Advocacy, in partnership with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC). This position supports the institution’s Strategic Plan and the province’s mandate for post-secondary education as identified in Alberta 2030: Building Skills of Jobs.

Combining strong technical knowledge in research, child advocacy and social work, social sciences and data analysis with superior networking skills, this role connects external stakeholders, the CACAC and partners within the CACAC with faculty, students, and other researchers to advance holistic trauma treatment and prevention for children and youth.
This position will support the strategic outcomes of the CACAC and is responsible for developing a strategic research plan, developing a research team and securing funding to support research activities.

Red Deer Polytechnic is proud to partner with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) to house the new Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence on our main campus. This collaborative approach creates an innovation ecosystem that supports youth and families in our province, while also providing meaningful opportunities for RDP’s students, faculty and staff. The common vision to enrich our communities requires an integrated approach that includes applied research, education, and training in child advocacy. This approach will foster a safe place where children and families in the region can receive support.

Position Responsibilities
Leadership in Applied Research
  • Leads the operational delivery on RDP’s applied research priorities within the areas of Resiliency and Child Advocacy in order to support the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and align with regional and provincial priorities and the strengths and identifiable capacity areas of the Institution.
  • Increases the scale, scope, relevance, efficiency, and impact of RDP’s delivery of applied research outcomes in resiliency and child advocacy through leadership and engagement of CACAC staff and partners and other RDP employees.
  • Develops applied research strategy, framework, policies, and administration of applied research activities in fulfillment of RDP policy and procedures for financial and operational management of applied research activities within Resiliency and Child Advocacy Research.

Business Development and Stakeholder Relations
  • Fosters involvement of industry, PSI’s, and government at regional, provincial, and national levels in applied research activities in Resiliency and Child Advocacy.
  • Promotes RDP’s applied research centres as important hubs for multi-sectoral partnerships, networking, and interaction linking various partnerships and agencies ensuring the strong performance of these areas across key indicators.

Project Leadership
  • Provides leadership for planning, creating, developing, delivering, and managing research projects associated with applied research area of Resiliency and Child Advocacy.
  • Provides leadership for the development of a comprehensive research plan to increase outcomes for mental health, resiliency, and child advocacy in partnership with CACAC.
  • Brings extensive social sciences research knowledge and experience to deliver project-based outcomes directly to CACAC and other partners in a timely manner.

Team Leadership
  • Promotes and supports respectful and inclusive work & learning spaces.
  • Communicates with and engages employees to deliver high levels of performance and find opportunities for growth and development.
  • Supports, articulates, and advances strategic goals related to employee experience and engagement.
  • Builds and leads teams of experts who can develop data-driven solutions for the advancement of resiliency and child advocacy in partnership with the CACAC, and complete projects on time and within budget.

Risk and Financial Management
  • Directs the development and maintenance of appropriate internal controls, responses, monitoring expenditures and assuring compliance with RDP’s policies and procedures.
  • Accounts for applied research funding and fiduciary responsibilities to funders and other government granting agencies, industry funders, and RDP, working with direct reports and colleagues to fulfill this responsibility.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in social sciences or related
  • Ph.D. in social sciences preferred
  • Other combinations of education and experience in project leadership and research in social sciences and child advocacy may be considered
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in managing research projects/programs
  • Minimum of 10 years demonstrated experience in conducting research
  • Minimum of 10 years of supervisory and leadership experience
  • Proven track record of applied research projects with various stakeholders that translate to commercialization and meaningful outcomes

Preferred Qualifications
Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated experience in applying research outcomes in resiliency, wellness, child trauma, mental health, social work, and trauma prevention
  • Demonstrated ability in research design, data analytics, and research program leadership
  • Entrepreneurial thinking, resourceful
  • Ability to sell an idea
  • Ability to negotiate responsibilities, expectations, and accountabilities with various stakeholders to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • Ability to build business relationships based in trust and respect
  • Ability to manage change and operate nimbly
  • Demonstrated experience in recruitment, retention, coaching, performance management, and discipline and discharge where necessary
  • Proven ability to lead and manage research projects in an applied setting
  • Ability to build support and coalition for project delivery with direct reports, colleagues, and clients
  • Excellent administrative, planning, and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to plan strategically, initiate action, and achieve desired outcomes
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
Salary or Hourly? Salary
Salary $121,227 - $147,352 annually
Benefits and Compensation Information
Red Deer Polytechnic offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to a health spending account, pension plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to Institution closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays.
*Eligibility to access the above mentioned benefits is dependent upon the EXEMPT Terms and Conditions of Employment and related RDP policies.
About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.

Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-E-038
Employment Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 11/01/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain)
FTE 1.0
Hours of Work 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Open Date 09/25/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applicants will be on October 2, 2023.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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