Research Programme Administrator (Wellington)

  • Company:
    University of Otago
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
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The research groups within the Department of Public Health at our Wellington campus carry out a range of research on critical public health issues. These areas include COVID-19, other infectious diseases, cancer and screening, healthy eating, health services research and prioritisation, housing, sustainability and the environment, inequalities, Maori health, and tobacco.

The role

We are looking for an experienced Research Programme Administrator to manage and administer the day-to-day activities and financial management of research programmes and projects at the University of Otago, Wellington. The primary focus of this role will be working with Professor Michael Baker on programmes and projects relating to infectious diseases and environmental research, including COVID-19.

As the Research Programme Administrator, you will work with academic staff at the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington and our research partners. As a superior multi-tasker, you will relish being part of an intellectually stimulating environment that will draw on, challenge and enhance your project management, administrative support and communication skills.

The role is based in the Department of Public Health, Wellington, but will require liaison with staff across the University’s three campuses.

In this varied role, you will work with highly focused research staff on research management tasks such as:

  • Managing, planning, administering, monitoring and forecasting programme and project budgets and finances.
  • Managing and administering research programmes and projects, including project management and administrative support.
  • Providing management and administrative support to research project Directors, Principal Investigators, and research staff.
  • Supporting knowledge translation and dissemination, including assisting with preparing scientific outputs, presentations, seminars, website content, blogs, and media outputs.

Your skills and experience

The ideal candidate will have a range of skills and experience.

  • Previous administration experience, including financial and project management.
  • Strong computer skills including the Microsoft package.
  • Orderly and systematic work manner and excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be approachable, confident, show initiative, and have the vision to anticipate future requirements.
  • Excellent cultural competence particularly in working with Maori and Pacific researchers and communities.
  • Evidence of the ability to relate well to people from differing academic and cultural backgrounds both within the University of Otago, and externally.
  • Experience of working in research administration in a university setting.
  • Training, experience and an interest in public health and health inequalities.
  • Experience of contributing directly to research programmes and projects including knowledge translation and dissemination.
  • Experience with websites, newsletters, blogs and social media.
  • Experience with literature searching, scientific writing, and academic publishing.

This is a part-time, fixed-term position finishing on 30 June 2025. The position will be 0.7 FTE until 30 April 2022 after which it will drop down to 0.5 FTE until 30 June 2025.

Applications quoting reference number 2001155 will close on Sunday, 16 August 2020.

Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.