In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority ( Island Health), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Research Business Manager, the Research Facilitator will provide expert support to Island Health clinicians and health service leaders engaged in relevant health services/point-of-care research initiatives and evaluation. The Research Facilitator will facilitate collaborations amongst Island Health staff, academic researchers and other community partners.
The focus of the Research Facilitator is to build research capacity, develop and promote research teams and support the overall Strategic Research plan aligned with Island Health priorities. There is emphasis on building collaborative links with academic partners, other health authorities, networks, external organizations, and the Ministry of Health. The role includes several key components: 1) promoting a culture of inquiry throughout the organization; 2) assisting with the formation of research teams and projects; 3) providing support with grant writing; and 4) providing support for staff who wish to develop or champion research projects. The overall objective of this position is to generate and promote the use of research evidence to inform practice, planning and decision-making, and facilitating innovative health services and policy research in priority areas.
Education, Training And Experience
A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in a health related field, and five (5) years' experience working within or directly with a health care system preferably including experience conducting collaborative research projects.
Skills And Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with people in all levels of health care, community, government and academia.
An understanding of the historical impacts of colonialism, cultural safety and humility training commitment to continuous learning to support indigenous community-led research.
Demonstrated knowledge of the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS2) and the rules, regulations and guidelines that govern the conduct of research.
Strong research and analytic skills, understanding of a broad range of health research activities/environments.
Proven facilitation and negotiation/team formation skills
Demonstrated leadership skills to inspire and develop collaborative networks and teams.
Well-developed and confident public speaking ability.
Ability to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary research teams.
Ability to prioritize competing demands to meet deadlines.
Applies exceptional problem-solving abilities to independently resolve issues both efficiently and resourcefully.
Practices diligence and care when maintaining, monitoring, calculating, and summarizing data, records and confidential information.
Demonstrated project management and research skills including the ability to initiate, plan and complete research projects with individual clinicians and teams.
Competent Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint and Outlook skills, experience with database platforms such as REDCap is an asset.
Demonstrated knowledge of the research funding environment and ability to obtain and support the management of research grants.