Researcher (in Vancouver)

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation is a non-profit organization primarily involved in the design, research, and evaluation of social programs and policies. Since 1991, we have been building a base of knowledge and experience about what works in employment, education, health, and social policy. While SRDC is recognized across Canada, and internationally, as a leader in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale demonstration projects, we also conduct program evaluation, impact analysis, and cost–benefit analysis for a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations, in particular those involved in the delivery of services to economically disadvantaged populations.

SRDC is seeking a dynamic full-time researcher for its office in Vancouver. The successful candidate will be attached to a team of professional policy analysts and evaluators conducting various research and evaluation projects dealing with social policy issues and programs targeted towards youth, persons with disabilities, new immigrants and refugees, social assistance recipients, or other populations for whom social and economic integration may represent a challenge.

The successful candidate will primarily support field research activities and perform qualitative analysis. He/she will be called to work closely with service delivery agencies, such as employment income assistance offices, WorkBC employment service centres, or partnering non-profit organizations and employers throughout the province (and occasionally outside). The researcher will oversee the proper implementation of research protocols and data collection processes, providing on-the-ground insights on how programs are implemented in practice and report back to the research team.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • administering surveys to study participants, conducting stakeholder and key informant interviews, and facilitating focus groups;
  • ensuring consistent implementation of research protocols and reliable data collection;
  • participating in the development of work plans and research instruments and protocols;
  • designing logic models and evaluation frameworks;
  • undertaking literature reviews and environmental scans;
  • coding and analyzing qualitative data;
  • writing research reports and presenting research findings; and
  • developing evaluation and research proposals in response to specific client needs.

Candidate qualifications:

  • a post-graduate degree in social sciences, combined with previous experience working in a field research capacity;
  • sound knowledge of research methods used in program evaluation;
  • experience collecting, managing, and analyzing research data;
  • general knowledge of federal and provincial programs targeted at disadvantaged populations;
  • strong interpersonal, relationship-building, facilitation, and communication skills;
  • strong writing skills; ability to present research results clearly and concisely;
  • capable of working in a self-directed manner and collaborating in a team environment;
  • problem-solving skills; ability to exercise good judgment within established procedures and practices;
  • experience with survey design and use of administrative data; the coding and analysis of quantitative data are considered an asset;
  • past experience working with Indigenous populations and experience using Indigenous evaluation methods are considered an asset; and
  • capacity to work in both official languages is considered an asset.

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. Our reputation for professionalism, rigorous ethical standards, integrity, quality, and objectivity is based in no small part on our high-calibre staff. We offer our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package as well as a stimulating work environment and a collegial approach to doing challenging work.

Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter providing a short description of their research interests and skills, explaining how they relate to SRDC’s mission statement and research priorities. Candidates may be required to write a knowledge and ability test as part of the selection process.

Please submit applications by October 1, 2017 to:

Elizabeth Rodgers
Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
55, Murray Street, Suite 400
Ottawa (Ontario)  K1N 5M3
E-mail: hr@srdc.org

Posted: September 13, 2017

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