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The Parkland Institute is inviting applications for the position of Research Manager. Parkland Institute is a socially-engaged Alberta network that applies a political economy perspective to understand public issues so that the forces of change can be harnessed for the common good. Parkland values its cooperative relationships with progressive thinkers from universities and colleges, social movements, labour and professional organizations and the private sector, as well as, independent researchers and the general public. For more information about the Institute, please visit the website at

This position will be located at the Parkland Institute on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton.

Working closely with, and under the supervision of, the Associate Director and Director, and together with other research staff, the Research Manager will:

  • Set Parkland’s research priorities and annual research agenda in conjunction with other staff and the Research Advisory Committee
  • Research and write policy briefs, research papers, and reports
  • Develop research plans and methodology for research projects and carries out qualitative and quantitative analysis as required
  • Identify research funding opportunities including government, academic, foundation and private sources, and develop, write and submit funding proposals
  • Build, coordinate, and maintain Parkland’s province-wide and national research networks
  • Build and maintain relationships with Parkland’s partners (internal and external) and funders
  • Coordinate the review and editing of all Parkland research
  • Provide financial management of individual research projects and liaise with the Associate Director about the overall research and organizational budgets
  • Write articles and opinion pieces for newspapers, the Parkland Institute website, social media, and other publications
  • Give public presentations and speak at conferences, symposia and to the media on research-related topics
  • Recruit, coordinate, and supervise research contractors, student researchers, interns, and volunteers
  • Work as part of the Parkland board and staff team in strategic planning of Parkland’s activities, including networking, fundraising, outreach and public programming

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field
  • Ability to research policies and procedures and find answers with little to no guidance; knowledge of university procedures would be an asset
  • A strong background in public policy analysis and writing, ideally in the political economy of Alberta
  • Excellent networking, coordination and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to speak and write efficiently write for both popular and academic audiences
  • Familiarity with the progressive research community in Alberta or demonstrated ability to become familiar with it

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an appointment of three years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and annual salary range of $55,943 – $69,935.

Along with a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV), candidates should provide three (3) letters of reference (attach using the reference option in the attachments), and a short sample of their popular writing (attach to the list of publications option in the attachments).

How to Apply

Online applications are preferred.

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

By Mail:

Research Hiring Committee
Parkland Institute
1-12 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

By Email:

[email protected]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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