We invite you to explore this opportunity to strengthen your relationships with First Nations community members to ensure that First Nations research is conducted with the deep respect and involvement of First Nations. This position will involve supporting and encouraging community members to participate in Chiefs of Ontario First Nations research and data management efforts. This position involves building relationships with relevant members of First Nations communities.

This position will support a study of the intergenerational impacts of diabetes. It aims to collect and share the wisdom of First Nations communities on the intergenerational impacts of diabetes on mothers and their children.

The Community Liaison Coordinator will be part of the Chiefs of Ontario Research and Data Management Sector. The Coordinator will report to the Principal Scientist of the Research and Data Management Sector.


  • Interview and select candidates to serve on an advisory group;
  • Prepare an orientation package for the advisory group with project information and terms of reference;
  • Follow up with advisory group members for meetings, planning, participation and engagement;
  • Help research teams incorporate community feedback into questionnaires and reports;
  • Facilitate collaborations with community members in compiling and sharing the results of research projects. Organize and participate in all relevant meetings for both projects, as required;
  • Prepare briefing notes and other documents as required.


  • Live:
    • Experience working with First Nations communities;
    • Experience, knowledge and awareness of ways of learning, traditions, cultures, values, health systems and intergenerational impacts of First Nations government policies;
    • Experience and understanding of how to incorporate the perspective of advisors into research projects;
    • Experience with community-based research projects preferred;
    • Experience developing interview questions and conducting interviews.
  • Skills:
    • Relationship building and management skills, including excellent listening, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to lead and moderate group meetings;
    • Ability to write for a non-academic audience;
    • Planning and logistics of events (organizing meetings, sending invitations, etc.);
    • Ability to manage effective and accountable engagement mechanisms;
    • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
    • Understanding of how to incorporate the advisor’s perspective into research projects.
  • Professional Features:
    • Expertise in project management; Organized, able to work independently and in a team;
    • Trustworthy, reliable and able to maintain confidentiality;
    • Ability to work from home in a virtual environment;
    • Use and understanding of First Nations language is an asset.


  • BSc for a research-related engagement role, plus training in:
    • Animation or group animation;
    • Equity or culture training or work related to working with diverse groups;
    • Training in public participation or engagement (eg IAP2, KT training).

Labor conditions:

  • Office work and Internet use;
  • Extensive telephone communication with communities and community members;
  • Calls, online meetings and/or travel (if pandemic restrictions permit) for team meetings, as needed.


  • Must sign a confidentiality form;
  • Must have a reliable internet connection.

Duration: October 2022 to March 2023 on a contractual basis. Potential possibility to renew pending receipt of additional funding.

Deadline: Open until full.

Send an application letter, resume, sample research-related essay, and two professional references marked confidential to:

Carol Mulder,

Chief Scientist, Chiefs of Ontario

[email protected]