The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is hiring a new Research Coordinator.
The deadline for applications is Friday, June 27th at 11:59pm.
The Research Coordinator is responsible for developing and supporting community-based research programming and activities of VIPIRG and, in collaboration with the Internal Coordinator and other staff, for coordinating outreach and communications.
1. Assisting the VIPIRG Coordinating Collective structure and shape the research program by collaboratively:
- Responding to research support requests from community and student activist groups
- Determining the nature, scope, and extent of VIPIRG involvement and support in proposed community-based and/or action-oriented research projects
- Assessing and monitoring community research needs and opportunities related to ongoing and/or social justice issues
- Submitting periodic briefs to coordinating committee members and staff regarding community research needs and opportunities
- Contributing to strategic internal research planning sessions
- Maintaining relationships with, and providing support to, community groups thatVIPIRG collaborates with in their community-based action research work
2. Conducting social research projects on behalf of VIPIRG by:
- Facilitating and/or participating in strategic research planning meetings with community-based and/or student activist groups
- Assuming responsibilities and support roles related to the undertaking of community-based action-oriented research, including – but not limited to – writing proposals (including grant proposals), compiling background research, assisting in research design, providing research methods training, gathering data, and fulfilling project reporting obligations
- Organizing and maintaining data and other research-related files for institutional memory
- Ensuring that research projects adhere to VIPIRG ethical guidelines and anti-oppressive practices
3. Presenting research findings in multiple formats for multiple audiences by:
- Drafting written reports and publications
- Developing written and audio popular education materials for corporate and community media, community groups, students, the general public, etc.
- Presenting projects at conferences, classes, workshops, and community meetings
- Preparing press packages, media advisories, press releases, and op-eds
4. Linking student researchers to community groups with research needs by:
- Providing support, guidance, and advice to students and staff (including supervisory support where appropriate)
- Meeting with students interested in community-based research to explore opportunities for their contributions in ongoing community campaigns
- Facilitating student-community group partnerships on specific research initiatives
- Participating in on-campus activities related to community-based action-oriented research (including events, tabling, and guest lectures in relevant courses)
- Supporting student-led activist groups
- Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice
- Master’s degree in social sciences, or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated community organizing, research, and communications skills
- Good understanding of the structure and day-to-day operations of nonprofits and/or community organizations (ie. board, staff and volunteers)
- Commitment to the principles of VIPIRG’s mandate and its realization
- Anti-oppression analysis and proficiency in applying this to all levels of decision-making
- Ability to work both autonomously and with a broad range of people and political perspectives
- Ability to work irregular hours
- Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks in a chaotic work environment
- Experience working with a diversity of community members, including people living in poverty
- Experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative community-based action research projects
- Experience programming events and/or running campaigns
- Experience with consensus decision-making and facilitation
- Demonstrated excellence in writing
- Experience facilitating training workshops
- Effective media relations skills
- Knowledge of graphic design software (such as InDesign and Photoshop) and blogging software (e.g. WordPress), as well as web-based mailing list maintenance
- Knowledge of local community and campus social and environmental organizations an asset
This is a 3-year unionized term position with the United Steelworkers 2009, 28 hours/week, $20.40/hour with benefits.
VIPIRG is an equal opportunity employer. VIPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites Indigenous people, people of colour, women, trans-identified people, intersexed people, two-spirited people, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, queer people, working class people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities to apply. Applicants who would like to be considered for affirmative action are asked to mention this in their cover letter.
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter in a pdf file by email to . Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.
In person: VIPIRG, Student Union Building B120, University of Victoria
by mail: VIPIRG, Box 3035 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P3 Deadline is Friday June 27th, 2014, at 11:59pm.