Associate Director of Research

Position Type: Full-time, permanent (indeterminate)
Annual Salary: CAD 80,000
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly (flexible hours)
Start Date: February 16, 2023 (flexible)
Location: Remote within Canada
Language: Primary working language is English
Reports to: Research Director
Application Deadline: January 8, 2023, 11:59pm PT
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from queer, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and we do not expect that employees will disclose this in the course of their work.


We are seeking a passionate and dynamic Associate Director of Research to collaboratively lead CBRC’s community-based research program. This position will work closely with the existing CBRC Research Director collaboratively dividing research leadership tasks and responsibilities, as well as with the research management team on consensus decision making and upholding CBRC’s research principles in our work.

While this position is considered permanent (i.e., indeterminate-term), please note that the continuity of employment is contingent on sustainable funding, as is the case with all positions at CBRC.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Approximate percentages of time spent on each activity (averaged over 1 month) are provided as an estimate only, but this may vary or develop over time.

  • Oversee research project management to ensure successful implementation of research activities and timely completion of deliverables, including review and approval of research protocols, data collection tools, recruitment materials, datasets, analysis plans, and research outputs such as reports, shareables, and academic journal articles (25%)
  • Hire, train, supervise, and mentor research staff and contractors, including support for staff development, problem solving, managing time off requests, and performance management (20%).
  • Write and co-lead research grant applications to secure new funding for research activities from a variety of sources such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, government bodies, and foundations (20%).
  • Serve on the CBRC’s leadership team and act as the liaison between research and other CBRC departments and staff by participating in team meetings and routine communication (15%).
  • Establish, support, and steward relationships with external research affiliates, community organizations and academic partnerships, and funders to enhance and advance our research activities and organizational mandate (10%).
  • Oversee certain research project budgets and reporting, including setting annual budgets, reviewing and approving expenses, and completing paperwork required by funders (10%).

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of relevant theories and frameworks in community-based research and health equity (e.g., intersectionality, minority stress theory, social ecology, syndemics, and social determinants of health).
  • Deep understanding of diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community health issues and perspectives, including by way of lived experience.
  • Masters degree (research-based) in a relevant field such as Public Health, Indigenous Studies, Education, Sociology, Social Work, Gender Studies, Women Studies, or similar.
  • 3-5 years of experience with project management of community-based research with 2SLGBTQ+ or other marginalized communities.
  • 2-3 years of experience applying values of equity, social justice, decolonization, Indigenization, and/or anti-oppression in community-based research.
  • 2-3 years of experience writing research funding applications (e.g. scholarship, fellowships, operating grants, research contracts).
  • 1-2 years of experience with, or capacity for, staff supervision, training and mentorship.
  • 1-2 years of experience with, or capacity for, budget management and grant reporting.

Other Competencies & Qualifications (assets)

  • Knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies and experience working with Indigenous Two-Spirit communities.
  • Awareness of 2SLGBTQ+ social, cultural, and political values and sensitivities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to prioritize and delegate tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines.
  • Collaborative worker with an ability to adapt within a dynamic and complex team setting.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government, and community agencies.
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • French language capacity is considered an asset.
  • PhD or equivalent degree, either completed or near completion, in a relevant field such as Public Health, Indigenous Studies, Education, Sociology, Social Work, Gender Studies, Women Studies, or similar


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability (LTD), life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and put the job you are applying for in the subject line (Associate Director of Research). All applicants are required to provide a resume and a cover letter.


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Associate Director of Research or call us (604-568-7478) to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.

The deadline to apply for this position is January 8, 2023, 11:59pm PT.


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About CBRC

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
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