Applications: RPLC Principal Director

Applications Invited for
Stay where you are. Lead an established multi-year SSHRC-partnership grant. The Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) based at Brandon University is seeking an experienced academic to serve as Principal Director. The current focus is on international rural policy partnerships in Canada, USA, EU, and Mexico. You will share responsibility for the planning, strategic decisions, communications, partnership liaison, organizational development, and financial activities for this $5 Million dollar project, with $2.5 M in contributions from SSHRC, April 2014 to March 2021.
Being in an influential position to guide rural policy, this position will allow you access to an international network, whereby you will be able to exchange data and expose your research to a wider audience. There may also be a further increase in publishing opportunities for your research. Resources will be made available for work related travel and for the hiring of a student assistant to take on the role of Liaison Officer, with $25 K available annually. This position will also present teaching opportunities, such as instructing during summer learning institutes.

  • Must be a current faculty member within a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • In accordance with SSHRC, applicant must be eligible to receive co-applicant status.
  • Applicant must be eligible to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Brandon University.
  • Credentials must relate to rural policy, with demonstrated interest in the field.
  • Must be available for occasional domestic and international travel.
  • Experience leading large, multi-disciplinary projects, preferably with international participants.
  • Familiarity with the RPLC objectives, organization, and participants would be preferable.
  • The RPLC operates mostly in English; however, bilingual ability (English and French) would be an asset.


  • Lead/Advise Project Steering Committee.
  • Help guide: Current and New Teams, or Team reconfigurations, as they may emerge
    • 5 Policy Theme Teams: Governance, Infrastructure & Services, Migration, Natural Resource Development, and Transformations in Indigenous Communities.
    • 7 Knowledge Mobilization Teams: Research & Exchanges, Institutes, Policy Fora, Distance Learning, Publications, Digital Information Hub, and Social Media.
  • Work closely with Project Manager, Coordinator, Liaison Officers, and RPLC Team Staff
  • Support learning opportunities and partnership development.

For additional details about the RPLC network, click here.
Interested applicants should contact Bill Reimer ( for further information. Applicants are asked to provide a short (1-2 page) statement of their vision for the RPLC by July 22, 2016, along with a current CV. Nominations are also welcome.
Position will be filled upon finding a suitable candidate.

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