Researcher(s) – Vancouver (or Ottawa)

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a mission-driven, Canadian non-profit research and evaluation organization. For 27 years, SRDC has been building a base of knowledge and experience about what works in the provision of workforce development, education, income security, health and well-being, immigrant integration, and almost all other social programs and policy areas. SRDC is recognized across Canada, and internationally, as a leader in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale demonstration and experimental projects. We also conduct program evaluation and impact analyses for a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations.

SRDC’s mission is to help decision-makers implement the most effective policies and programs to the benefit of all Canadians – especially those who face particular disadvantages – and to raise the standards of evidence used to assess and design those policies and programs.

SRDC’s research team comprises 30+ highly qualified and diverse professionals, all of whom have a graduate degree, and a third hold a PhD. With bilingual, multi-disciplinary staff, and experience working in every province of the country, we are able to respond to both local and pan-Canadian research and evaluation needs.

The position

We are seeking to fill an immediate need for a full-time researcher with a strong and demonstrated interest in employment and labour market policy in our Vancouver office. We also anticipate the need to hire additional researchers for our Ottawa and Vancouver offices for projects commencing over the next three to four months. Candidates wishing to be considered for either immediate or anticipated positions are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will contribute to several studies and innovative policy research initiatives in areas such as: essential skills training, workforce development, adult learning, youth employment, labour market integration of people with disabilities, career education programs for high school students, work integration social enterprises, labour market integration of immigrants and/or other projects relating to labour market programming.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • developing survey instruments and protocols;
  • conducting literature and document reviews;
  • analyzing and interpreting quantitative data; conducting regression analysis;
  • data organization and management;
  • designing logic models and evaluation frameworks;
  • writing reports on research findings; and
  • developing evaluation and research proposals in response to specific client needs.

Candidate qualifications:

  • a post-graduate degree in social sciences (with courses in economics and applied research methods) combined with at least two years of experience in an applied research/evaluation environment;
  • experience designing evaluation frameworks and survey instruments;
  • sound knowledge of federal and provincial labour market programs;
  • knowledge of statistical and qualitative techniques used in evaluation projects;
  • experience using statistical programming tools to analyze microdata files;
  • organized, self-motivated and capable of working effectively in a self-directed manner as well as collaborating in a team environment with diverse project partners; and
  • strong writing and verbal communications skills in English – ability to present research results clearly and concisely; the capacity to write and communicate in French will be considered an asset.

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. Our reputation for professionalism, methodological rigor, integrity and ethics, objectivity, and exceeding clients’ expectations 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 and important work.

The successful candidate may work in either our Vancouver or Ottawa office. Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter indicating their location preference and 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 complete a research assignment as part of the selection process.

Please submit applications by April 4, 2019 to:

Elizabeth Rodgers, Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)
55 Murray Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, ON  K1N 5M3

Posted: March 15, 2019

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