We’re looking for an Affiliates Network Coordinator

The Vanier Institute is looking for a senior undergraduate or master’s level student for a 16-week contract.

March 28, 2024

Who we are

The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent think tank committed to enhancing family wellbeing by making information about families accessible and actionable. Positioned at the centre of networks of researchers, educators, policymakers, and organizations with an interest in families, we share evidence and strengthen the understanding of families in Canada, in all their diversities, to support evidence-based decisions that promote family wellbeing. Through research, publications, partnerships and collaborations, presentations, and social media, we elevate the national understanding of families in Canada. Our culture is one of respect and inclusivity. For more information about the Institute, visit here.

About the Affiliates Network

The purpose of the Affiliates Network program is to deepen and broaden the expertise upon which the Institute can draw. This will allow us to present the most current information and insights when addressing our stakeholders’ information needs, including those of policy makers and the media. The program will enhance the credibility of the information we share about families in Canada. It will also create opportunities for Affiliates to connect with one another through round table events, forums, and other activities.

About the position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will work with the senior program staff to establish, build, coordinate, and facilitate the Affiliates Network. The Coordinator will be responsible for ongoing, regular communications between the Vanier Institute and members of the Affiliates Network; maintaining records and website profiles; and providing information updates about events, activities, and current topics of interest regarding families in Canada.


  • In consultation with the Executive Director and senior program staff, identifying researchers and practitioners to be invited to participate in the four affiliate working groups
  • Sending invitations to prospective affiliates
  • Requesting and receiving profile information of affiliates
  • Entering profile information into the Affiliate Network portal of the Vanier Institute website
  • Coordinating the initial meetings of each affiliate working group
  • Supporting affiliate participation and intra-group communications (i.e. setting up mailing lists, discussion forums, etc.)
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Other duties as assigned, appropriate to the job level

Key skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Collaborative and proactive approach and experience fostering effective working relationships
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to take initiative in finding, tracking, recording, and summarizing information
  • Skilled in the Microsoft Office suite (especially Word, Excel, Teams, and Outlook)
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

Skills assets

  • Bilingual (French/English) preferred
  • Graduate student in a social science discipline related to family science, public policy, or communications preferred

Terms of employment

  • Compensation: $21.00/hour for a 37.5-hour workweek
  • Length of employment: 16 weeks
  • Location of employment: At our office in Ottawa, but the job could be done remotely if needed


Applicants must be under 30 years of age, as this position may be funded by a Canada Summer Jobs grant, and are asked to submit a cover letter with their application.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed starting on April 22, 2024, with interviews during the week of April 29 to May 3.

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