Research Associate - Intergenerational Programming Evaluation - Department of Psyhology - Faculty of Arts

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Date of Posting: 
July 3, 2014
Department of Psyhology - Faculty of Arts
Research Associate - Intergenerational Programming Evaluation
Term Part Time
Hours of Work: 

Hours will vary depending on workload 

$30.00 per hour, vacation pay included

Immediately for 400 hours (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

Plans were recently announced to join a childcare facility to the Beach Grove seniors home in Charlottetown.  Believing this has significant potential for improving the quality of life for both the seniors and children, a small group of professors at UPEI and Holland College, agreed it would be valuable to study such a program to see how it worked out for the participants, to document the procedures used to integrate the two types of care-giving, and to evaluate the program’s effect on both sets of caregivers. 

Research Associate is an academic and research position assisting with the funding, creation, pilot, and implementation of a longitudinal project evaluating an Intergenerational Program at Beach Grove Home in Charlottetown. This position is located in the Department of Psychology with liaison to the Department of Applied Human Sciences at UPEI, Holland College Early Childhood Education and with Beach Grove Home in Charlottetown. The Research Associate will assist the Co-Principal Investigators to innovate the longitudinal evaluation using community based research principles as well as secure additional funding for the research. As such, this person will be responsible for collaborating with academic researchers and community participants in a Community Based/Participatory Action Research project to create the conditions for collaboration and to manage and implement the evaluation across an extended period of time with several reporting deadlines. The Research Associate will be responsible for the provision of direction for all aspects of an intergenerational evaluation process with vulnerable populations, their formal caregivers within the Beach Grove facility, and their informal caregivers.


•  Review publications about other projects of this type.
•  Write funding proposals to leverage additional money to support the evaluation.
•  Help develop and maintain contacts in the community for advice and support.
•  Work with the Co-Principal Investigators and other advisors to help develop methods for evaluating the participants and caregivers before and during the program.
•  Write ethics applications as requested for various ethics boards including the UPEI Review Ethics Board and the provincial ethics board and respond to any questions for a timely ethics review process.
•  To manage the budget and to liaise with UPEI administration throughout the project, including accounting and research.
•  Manage data collection according to community based research frameworks and the methods created with the team.
•  Responsible for the collection and generation of data into usable forms for analysis, including writing detailed field notes and managing co-researcher journals. Ensure all ethical standards are upheld by the full team and also provide ethical oversight for the full project in accordance with Canada’s TRI-Council guidelines.
•  Work with students assigned to the project in a mentoring and training capacity.
•  Prepare and deliver presentations to various external stakeholders, as required
•  Collaborate with key external stakeholders in the effective stewardship of all
•  Various reports completed in a timely manner.
•  In accordance with Community Based/Participatory Action Research practices, oversee the analysis of  study data and prepare first draft of articles for peer reviewed journals


•  A Master’s degree (thesis based) or comparable professional standing in Gerontology, or Early Childhood Education
•  Extensive experience in research using community based research principles with vulnerable populations, especially research with seniors or children of day-care age
•  Experience in quantitative and qualitative methodologies
•  Demonstrated leadership, independence, and oversight of budgeting
•  Supervisory experience with students or community researchers in a community based research approach
•  Proven ability to multi-task, set work priorities, and meet deadlines
•  Fluent in computer applications, including word processing, email, internet browsers, NVIVO 10, SPSS, and Excel database programs, and presentation software
•  Excellent interpersonal skills including interviewing, listening, public speaking, oral and written communication skills as well as a proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
•  Demonstrated understanding of the importance of the highest ethical standards of integrity, fairness, and confidentiality in all relationships

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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