Based in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Happy Ageing Lab Foundation is a think tank supported by ZeShan Foundation, Ho Cheung Shuk Yuen Foundation, and CUHK S-KPF, connecting academics, design and health professionals to innovate housing solutions for an ageing population. To promote ageing-in-place, intergenerational living, and healthy ageing, the Lab targets to expand the housing choices available in the market by developing implementable, innovative housing prototypes through research, knowledge exchange and industry engagement.
We are looking for one Project Manager to lead our research development and R&D collaborations with a focus on housing design/ services for the ageing population.
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About the Role
As a think tank, the Lab innovates housing solutions through field study and research, public engagement, and prototype experiments with our collaborators and the housing industry at large.
Your role as a Project Manager will lead a small team to plan and deliver self-initiated housing studies, consultancy projects, and collaborative research in the academic, private, and public sectors.
Our team believes every team member will bring something new, exciting and unique, whether it is ideas, insights, experience, know-how, skills, or even connections. You will be expected to work independently, identify new directions, determine the study approaches, set the research tasks and schedule, and communicate with our docents, collaborators and stakeholders.
You will also work closely with other senior members on grant applications and fund pitching.
All in all, we are looking for someone who is exceptionally passionate about seniors in Hong Kong and has a genuine interest in social/ participatory/ design research on community needs, ageing, and housing.
Your Duty as Our Team Leader
+ Lead research and consultancy projects to innovate housing solutions for the ageing population with collaborators and industry stakeholders;
+ Coach a small research team to deliver high-quality research deliverables, such as reports, presentations, prototype experiments, and public engagement activities;
+ Assume project management and administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to, project scoping and planning, research activities design, budgeting, activities coordination and facilitation, data analysis, and stakeholder coordination;
+ Drive new directions for the Lab’s self-initiated research development for innovative housing solutions; and
+ Identify partnership opportunities for R&D collaborations to tackle the housing needs of our seniors in Hong Kong.
+ Bachelor degree or above in real estate, surveying, planning, urban studies, business and finance, or related disciplines;
+ Preference will be given to candidates with Master’s degree, majoring in Geography, Urban Planning, Real Estate, Surveying, Architecture, Urban Studies, Public Health, or a related research-orientated degree;
+ Minimum three (3) years of experience in community-orientated and/ or built environment/ real estate research consultancy project in an intermediate/ leading position
+ Highly experienced in different research methodologies (including but not limited to, case studies, questionnaire survey, in-depth interview, and focus group), quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and community engagement and workshop organisation. Knowledge of financial modelling is an advantage but not a must;
+ Excellent report writing skills in both English and Chinese (three writing samples, sole authored or in a leading role, are required);
+ Excellent proficiency in both spoken and written English and Cantonese; fluency in Mandarin would be an advantage;
+ Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with the capacity to motivate and lead with enthusiasm and empathy;
+ A motivated team player with the ability to take self-initiatives in a collaborative working environment;
+ Excellent command on MS PowerPoint, Word and Excel, and experienced user in SPSS (or equivalent) and NVivo (or equivalent) will have added advantage; and
+ Be able to work flexible hours for specific community engagement activities when required.
Candidates with less experience will be considered for a Senior Project Coordinator position.
Preference will be given to candidates with hands-on experience in research related to housing, ageing, intergeneration, community health and well-being. Only applicants who intend to work full-time in Hong Kong will be considered.
A competitive remuneration package will be offered based on the candidate’s experience.
Interested applicants are invited to contact Prof. MO Kar Him at email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following materials for consideration (application with missing information will not be considered):
+ Cover letter;
+ Resume with current and expected salary and earliest availability;
+ Three Writing samples (two in English and one in Chinese) – the work itself should be solely written by you or you as the leading author;
+ Transcript(s) (all degrees obtained);
+ Design/creative portfolio (if you are from the design discipline); and
+ Two referees' names (we will contact the referees if you are shortlisted after our interview)