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Partner Positions Project

The Partner Positions Project is a low risk, multi-agency cooperation which will enhance the ability of the participating agencies to attract highly qualified personnel to Newfoundland.

The objectives of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering at Memorial are increased participation for women at all levels in Science and Engineering, and visibility of role models for women considering careers in these fields. A key strategy for moving towards these objectives is increasing the number of women in Science and Engineering faculty positions. Increasing the number of women in other highly qualified positions in Science and Engineering, such as research and development, is a supporting strategy.

While acknowledging fiscal constraints and a scarcity of new faculty positions, we want to ensure when positions do become available that qualified women apply. Three main challenges to recruiting highly qualified women to positions in Newfoundland are: perceived disadvantages of a small, remote city; perception that the professional climate is less hospitable for women in Newfoundland than in other provinces; the limited job prospects for a highly qualified partner. The first two challenges are being addressed by other projects initiated by the Chair. The Partner Positions Project addresses the third challenge.

Partner Positions are job opportunities which will attract the highly qualified partner of a recruitment target, contributing to an attractive recruitment package. The source of the Partner Positions is the pool of current and potential positions of the participating agencies. The Partner Position pool may include positions for faculty, research associates, project managers, postdoctoral fellows, and computer specialists. Project participants make no commitment to partner candidates, other than to agree to consider their résumés, and redirect as appropriate.

To be effective, the Partner Positions must be part of the recruiting publicity. They may be advertised with the principal position, with a message such as:

"(Agency) is part of the vibrant scientific and engineering community in St. John's. This community offers numerous employment opportunities for professionals in the engineering and science fields. Partner positions are available for qualified personnel in engineering, naval architecture, computer science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics. Partners of qualified candidates for this position are invited to include their own CV for possible matching with other job opportunities."
The process of offering Partner Positions is:
  • participating agencies supply generic job titles to the pool;
  • a participating agency advertises a position and includes the above statement in the publicity .
  • the primary applicant supplies the partner's résumé to her/his prospective employer, who then circulates it to potential employers among the participating agencies;
  • participating agencies, in the spirit of cooperation, accommodate the partner if reasonably possible.
The Partner Positions Project founding members are MUN Faculty of Engineering, MUN Faculty of Science, and NRC's Institute for Marine Dynamics. Once the project is moving, i.e. advertisements have appeared, we will invite local scientific and high tech companies to join. The collection and distribution of information will be monitored by a committee of representatives of the participating agencies.

The Partner Positions Project does not alter any existing contracts or collective agreements of the participating agencies. Appointment to Faculty and Academic Librarian positions in Memorial University of Newfoundland is governed by the MUN/MUNFA Collective Agreement. Appointment to RO/RCO positions at the Institute for Marine Dynamics is governed by the NRC/PIPS Collective Agreement.