Job Design & Evaluation

Trust/Research Academic: Definition and Evaluation Process


Appendix D - Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement

The source of funding under a trust academic job family shall be university restricted funds (e.g. grants, fellowships, directed funding, contingent funding, endowments) and which fall into one of the following academic job families under this Appendix and Article 6.02:

  • Research Academic Family: A Research Academic is a full-time or part-time staff member whose duties are to carry-out or support high-level, complex, research projects in collaboration with faculty members and other researchers. Duties may include research design, methodology determination, analysis and/or other activities that facilitate the work of the trust unit. Duties may include all phases of data collection and analysis (e.g. clinical trials, test and questionnaire design) and could include such activities as the preparation of proposals for new research activities, the presentation of research findings and/or the preparation of reports and papers. A “Research Scientist” or a “Research Associate” will normally hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications and experience. A “Trust Professional” shall normally hold a Master’s or professional level degree in a required discipline and hold positions such as speech language pathologist, kindergarten teacher, engineer, and statistician.
  • Trust Administrator Family: A Trust Administrator is a full-time or part-time staff member whose duties are to provide leadership, strategic advice and direction; and is accountable for planning, negotiating, problem solving, risk assessment and prevention, and operational oversight of resources. These positions may include some research responsibilities. Staff Members, in this job family, hold positions which range from Project Manager to Trust Unit Director. A Trust Administrator shall normally require an academic degree or professional designation.
  • Library/Information Professional Family: A Library/Information Professional is a full-time or part-time staff member who has a degree from an accredited graduate program in library and/or information studies, or an equivalent program, and holds a position outside of the Librarians' Agreement. These positions will meet the minimum qualifications required for a librarian position within the University of Alberta Library system.

Evaluation Process

  1. The Trust/Research Academic Position Description is forwarded to Job Design and Evaluation in PDF format. Positions can be forwarded directly to your Consultant or to The Consultant assigned to the department then initiates the evaluation process.
  2. The Consultant will contact the supervisor and may contact the incumbent, if applicable, for any clarification or additional information that may be required.
  3. The Consultant completes the evaluation process based on the content of the position description, the information collected from the supervisor and/or the incumbent, the organizational structure and context in which the work is done, and comparator positions on campus. Taking all of the above information into consideration, a level is assigned.
  4. All evaluations are reviewed by a Peer Consultant to ensure appropriate decisions are made and internal equity is maintained.
  5. The supervisor is notified in writing of the evaluation decision with a copy to the incumbent, if applicable.