Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

Research Assistant



Job Title

Research Assistant

Requisition #


Job Type

Limited Term (for any group)

Position End Date (if applicable)


MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About Mount Royal Conservatory

Mount Royal University's (MRU) Conservatory has played a pivotal role in Calgary's performing arts scene since 1911, enabling people of all ages and abilities to take part in the performing arts. No other performing arts organization has a comparable history or serves as large and diverse a community, from early childhood education through all stages of life. As an educational leader and innovator, it is the largest institution of its kind in Canada; the Conservatory is unique in the breadth and scope of its programming.

About the Role

The Mount Royal Conservatory wishes to further expand how we use music and speech arts engagement to support personal development, health, and wellbeing across the lifespan. The Research Assistant will play a key part in helping us develop a deeper understanding of relevant needs and opportunities within Calgary and the role that the Conservatory can play in supporting these. This will be achieved through reviewing relevant Arts for Health centres throughout Canada, the US, and overseas as well as engaging with local Arts for Health service users and providers. The research conducted by the Research Assistant will be used to inform new programming, partnerships, and fundraising initiatives.

This is a 12-month part-time position, the successful candidate will be expected to work 14 hours per week.

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the structure, staffing, and activities of relevant Arts for Health centres throughout Canada, the US, and oversees to gain insight into current centre models;
  • Engage with Calgary and area Arts for Health service providers to develop an understanding of the challenges, needs, and opportunities they experience in delivering their work. This could involve interviews, focus groups, and surveys;
  • Engage with Arts for Health service users to understand their experiences accessing Arts for Health activities. This could involve interviews, focus groups, and surveys;
  • Engage other MRU stakeholders, departments, schools, and Faculties to identify potential Arts for Health collaborative opportunities;
  • Collect and manage all data gathered, following appropriate ethical and data protection guidelines;
  • Work with the project lead to appropriately code and analyze all data;
  • Develop insights from the data collection and analysis;
  • Complete a final report documenting the data collection and analysis method as well as a description of key findings;
  • Identify potential sources of funding to support subsequent Conservatory- based activities arising from this research.
  • Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
  • Undergraduate degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Previous experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research and writing final reports
  • Understanding of appropriate ethical and data protection guidelines and practices
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong research, analytical, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to reliably and responsibly manage a project with an attention to detail.
  • Salary: $30 per hour

    This is a 12-month part-time position, the successful candidate will be expected to work 14 hours per week.

    Closing Date: October 1, 2023

    A cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume should be submitted as part of your application in .pdf format. Please title your .pdf document as follows: Job Title, Requisition Number Title of Contents.pdf (ex. Credit Contract Faculty, X00000, Curriculum Vitae.pdf).

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

    Job details


    Research Assistant


    Mount Royal University




    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 01, 2023

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Education,Mathematics,Social Science

    About the employer

    Mount Royal University is a well-established public university which was founded in 1910. This is a Canadian university which was created following a charter by the Alberta provincial government. It became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College, which offered transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972, it shifted its base to a new campus in Lincoln Park, which was previously an air force base. It is in the year 2009 that this institution was granted its university status. In 2017, this university was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are excelling in the field of social innovation and change-making. The university currently offers 12-degree programmes and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.

    This university comprises various faculties, including a number of interesting fields of study. The Arts faculty of this university teaches subjects such as economics, justice, and policy studies, English, languages, and cultures, humanities, interior design, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The Bisset School of Business of this university specialises in subjects such as accounting, aviation, finance, general management, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, social innovation and supply chain management. This university's School of Communication Studies focuses on subjects like broadcast media studies, information design, journalism and public relations.

    The university's Faculty of Health, Community and Education comprise Child Studies and Social Work, Education, Health and Physical Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology includes child studies and social work, education, health and physical education, as well as School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology features biology, chemistry and physics, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics and computing. The university also has the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. This university has numerous institutes, such as Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and International Education.

    Its centres include the Centre for Community Disaster Research, Centre for Child Well-Being and Iniskim Centre. This university also has a library - Riddell Library and Learning Centre which was opened in 2017. With a seating capacity of 1,700 people, the library comprises 34 study rooms, 3-D printing facilities, and a cafe. This university also has a huge list of notable alumni which include Indo-Canadian Singer The PropheC, classical pianist Yuja Wang, Canadian actor Kavan Smith, Emmy-winning composer Dave Pierce, professional voice actor Kirby Morrow, motivational speaker Alvin Law, professional wrestler Bret Hart, and Emmy award-winning news anchor Chris Gailus

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