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Job Summary

The Managing Director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is responsible for team coordination, project management, and programming implementation for a multi-year initiative focused on supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families from diverse ethnocultural communities. By the end of the project, the Managing Director will have helped to develop real world interventions and supported the development of evidence-based recommendations for government, schools, and health professionals to reduce health inequities for marginalized youth.

Under the leadership of the Centre’s Executive Director, the Managing Director will be responsible for financial management and reporting for a multi-year budget estimated at $4,000,000 (approximately $750k per year). The Managing Director will also have significant responsibilities in relationship management with diverse minority communities, partner organizations, and within the university.

Organizational Status

SARAVYC is a team of researchers, collaborators, trainees, and community partners brought together to advance an interdisciplinary research program that aims to understand the influences of stigma, violence, and trauma on the health of vulnerable populations of youth, and how resilience factors in their relationships and environments can help prevent or reduce trauma responses and health inequities. Vulnerable populations that are the focus of our youth-engaged research include 2SLGBTQIA+ youth; runaway, homeless or street-involved young people; sexually abused and sexually exploited adolescents; immigrant and refugee youth; Indigenous adolescents; and others at risk of stigma and discrimination.

Our interdisciplinary, international research team integrates diverse perspectives into novel ways of asking research questions, rigorous and youth-engaged methods of knowledge creation, and innovative approaches to knowledge-to-action (KTA). Our research informs general societal attitudes, community programs and services, clinical interventions, government policies, and even laws.

The Managing Director reports directly to the Centre’s Executive Director. Staff, research assistants, and postdoctoral fellows report directly to the Managing Director, although some may be hired to support projects at other sites or within labs of specific researchers where they are supervised directly by the investigator.

Work Performed

Research and Project Management

  • Responsible for all aspects of the project management including: planning, managing and handling communications for ten or more research projects at a given time, and providing applicable expertise
  • Developing and implementing project action plans and timelines, ensuring adequate human resources and supplies are available, and research budget management and forecasting for the Executive Director
  • Manages hours worked by project staff, supervises staff in establishing and maintaining project files, and ensures procedural compliance through regular audits
  • Manages the coordination of various team meetings, from executive team to various project-specific sub teams of investigator, affiliate researchers, trainees, consultants, and community co-researchers
  • Manages research staff to coordinate community partner engagement in participatory research projects
  • Provides expertise in qualitative research as well as specifically manages qualitative research analysis, and participates in the writing of publications
  • Accountable for the effective execution of all research activities
  • Responsible for training post-doctoral fellows in project management skills

Administration and Research Ethics

  • Supports recruiting, hiring, training, and managing research assistant trainees, work learn students, research centre staff, and grant-based postdoctoral fellows
  • Coordinates and writes ethics applications as needed

Internal and External Relations

  • Serves as liaison with for collaborative agreements with researchers, granting agencies, and university research support departments
  • Acts as point of contact for off-site investigators, facilitating communication between members as well as with community organizations for participant recruitment
  • Represents the Centre and the Centre’s research across UBC, at outreach-related public events, and in consultations with private as well as government stakeholders

Community Engagement

  • Supports building partnerships with community organizations for participant recruitment, knowledge translation, and event organizing in East Asian, South Asian and Indigenous communities


  • Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project otherwise Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project
  • Masters or Doctoral degree in a related Health, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Management, or other relevant discipline preferred
  • 4 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for research project otherwise 6 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if not research work
  • Experience with multi-year, multi-site research in areas such as applied research, public engagement, project management, or an equivalent combination of education, training, professional certifications preferred
  • Demonstrated project management expertise, experience with multi-year, multi-site research projects
  • Experience with focus groups/interview research, or community-based participatory action research Knowledge of participatory engagement processes and working with groups traditionally under-served by government or facing barriers to participation
  • Experience with youth considered an asset
  • Excellent leadership, mentoring and teamwork skills
  • Excellent skills in diplomacy, tact, discretion, and confidentiality
  • Strong problem solving and strategy development skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail
  • Experience managing budgets and financial oversight of projects preferred
  • Experience with hiring processes and management of teams required
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient use Excel, Word, NVivo or other qualitative software

To Apply

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Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.