Research Coordinator

Grain Farmers of Ontario is looking for a highly motivated individual who is detail oriented and has experience with project management. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker with strong understanding of financial management and enjoys working with a wide variety of personalities. 

If this describes you, we invite you to apply for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Research Coordinator.

The Role

Our Research Coordinator is an integral part of our Research and Innovation department where you will take ownership for coordinating the research funding program. This includes using your project management skills to track and report on project progress and finances, assist with preparation and editing of research documents, and coordinate research update meetings. In this role you will also engage with stakeholder groups to ensure that external initiatives add value to our farmer-members.

Your day-to-day

  • Coordinate the GFO call for research proposals and proposal review processes
  • Proactively identify and pursue funding programs and sources of matching research investments to maximize the impact of GFO research funds
  • Navigate financial reporting requirements of complex funding programs and proactively guide and liaise between researchers, administration at research institutions, and external funding agencies to maintain strong business relationships and fulfill funding program requirements
  • Set up and track research projects ensuring research progress, financial reporting, and budgets are on track and agreements and funding program requirements are followed
  • Bring new ideas forward pertaining to effective grains research coordination
  • Handle inquiries from researchers, industry and farmers about research funding opportunities
  • Prepare summaries of research projects and project budgets
  • Coordinate research update meetings and assemble information for the Research Committee
  • Liaise with the communications department to produce research content
  • Promote GFO research priorities through stakeholder meetings
  • Keep up to date with general knowledge and awareness of issues affecting Ontario grains and oilseeds

What You’ll Bring

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree. Preference for Bachelor of Science
  • General knowledge of Ontario grain and oilseed production
  • Excellent project management skills to effectively coordinate financial and progress reporting for 40+ active research projects involving multiple funding programs and researchers
  • Effective time-management skills required to manage and prioritize the demands of multiple overlapping timeframes and deadlines
  • Robust working knowledge of financial management principles
  • High attentiveness to detail to effectively track finances and ensure detailed requirements of funding programs are met
  • Creative and analytical problem solver and critical thinker
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with professional written and verbal communication abilities
  • Proficient with Excel as well as full MS Office suite (Outlook, Access, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Good understanding of research processes, the current research environment, and the process of project development
  • Self-motivated, capable of working both independently and within a team to achieve excellence
  • Able to work under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Sound judgment and integrity in all actions

What We Offer

Grain Farmers of Ontario offers Competitive salary, extensive benefit plan, and Pension and RSP options. We also offer a collaborative, team environment with opportunity for learning and development as well as an active social committee that plans fun and interesting social events.

About Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of Grain Farmers of Ontario for the benefit of all barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat producers. Ontario’s grain farmers have sponsored and participated in decades of practical research that has resulted in economic gains for producers. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario is an organization that values teamwork, honesty, integrity, kindness and work ethic. No position within Grain Farmers of Ontario can exist on its own; each position relies on others within our organization to achieve goals. We pride ourselves on our team atmosphere, and we all work together to create a business atmosphere that allows for the highest returns for our farmer-members.

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Location: Guelph, ON

Hours of work: Full-Time (Monday – Friday, 35 hours/week)

Application Deadline: Monday May 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Grain Farmers of Ontario is committed to a fair and inclusive work environment. We will endeavor to accommodate the needs of qualified applicants in all parts of the hiring process. All resume information is received in confidence. While we appreciate and thank all applicants, we will only directly contact those candidates selected for an interview