Project Coordinator

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers.

IWH is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Project Coordinator.

About the position

The successful candidate will work with the project's principal investigator and a multidisciplinary team of scientists, collaborators and knowledge transfer and exchange associates to support project coordination, knowledge production and knowledge mobilization activities in the area of social determinants of health and the future of work. This a full-time, contract position, with the possibility of extension.

Core duties and responsibilities

  • Support a program of research that examines changing working conditions as they relate to emerging social and health inequities.
  • Scan and synthesize evidence to examine how changing working conditions can impact the social determinants of health for vulnerable groups.
  • Assist in a comprehensive review of publicly available documents that describe policy and programmatic strategies, including key workplace initiatives, that support Canadian workers.
  • Assist in the thematic analysis of relevant policies and programs to examine the extent to which they account for worker vulnerability in their design and delivery.
  • Lead primary data collection activities, which may include contacting key informants for participation in research, and scheduling and conducting one-on-one interviews and focus group sessions.
  • Develop future-focused recommendations for a range of knowledge users, and contribute to knowledge transfer and exchange outputs, including summary reports and manuscripts.
  • Coordinate project-specific knowledge transfer and exchange activities, including communicating with diverse stakeholder experts through all research phases and independently lead external communication activities.
  • Manage day-to-day activities, including goal-setting, project timeline development, team meeting organization and financial management.
  • Coordinate communications with diverse researchers and team members.
  • Prepare reports for funders required over the reporting cycle.

Education and experience

  • A master’s degree in public health or an equivalent
  • Two years of research experience
  • Research interest in the areas of work and health and the future of work
  • Understanding of artificial intelligence and its use (ideally)
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills (experience in use of NVivo software preferred)
  • Experience conducting horizon scans and reviews of policies and programs
  • Strong project management skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Sound knowledge of, and experience with, the Microsoft Window’s environment, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent multi-tasking and time management skills, with an ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Well-developed ability to work both in a team environment and independently

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, and will be in the range of $62,000 to $72,000 per year. Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.

Application details

Applications will be accepted until August 8, 2022, or until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this position, please submit an application containing a cover letter and resumé to:

D. Wills
Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
400 University Avenue, Suite 1800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S5

IWH is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity. IWH encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous people, women, LGBTQ2S+ persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact Derek Wills at or (416) 927-2027, ext. 2115 to discuss their needs.

We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted.

About IWH

IWH, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research that examines primary prevention and interventions in the workplace; effective and efficient rehabilitation and safe, timely return to work for people with work-related injury and illness; labour market experiences and their health consequences; and disability compensation systems and their behavioural consequences. IWH supports an active knowledge transfer and exchange program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers. IWH also trains and mentors the next generation of work and health researchers.

IWH is committed to excellent working conditions, a cooperative team environment for its employees, and transparent, diverse and fair recruiting practices of staff and trainees.

IWH operates with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Application deadline:

This opportunity is now closed.