JOB POSTING: Research Coordinator
Closing Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 11:59 P.M. PST
Part-Time Permanent Position: 28 hours / week
Term: 1 year term, ending November 29th, 2018.
Wage Rate: $26.00/hr with Health and Dental benefits. This is a unionized position with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2009.
The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre dedicated to social and environmental justice.
This position is one of three part-time core staff that manages the day-to-day work of KPIRG. KPIRG’s Research Coordinator is tasked with assisting student researchers in conducting original research on community-based issues. Students and community members participating in our Community Action Research Project Program (CARPP) receive funding, training, mentorship, and hands-on research experience; this means support in designing and writing research proposals, exploring appropriate methodologies, acquiring ethical research skills, publishing findings, and disseminating research results to the community.
Responsibilities include research, outreach and volunteer coordination, while working collectively with staff and the board of directors to manage the organization. The position involves extensive work with volunteers, the KPIRG board, temporary staff, and students. Applicants must be able to multi-task, work efficiently in a busy environment, and provide a strong leadership and professional role in organizing and mentoring KPIRG’s research, volunteer and outreach programs as a whole. An emphasis on process is key, meaning that applicants must value collective work and consensus decision-making within an anti-oppression framework.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Follow the CARPP Program manual; contribute to development of the programs.
- Budget for the CARPP Program according to available funds.
- Manage, in conjunction with other staff and volunteers, the CARPP program of KPIRG.
- Facilitate research partnerships between students and community organizations: set up and facilitate initial meeting between student researchers and community groups; set research parameters; provide support throughout the research process; ensure project and evaluations are completed.
- Manage the process of accepting new community research proposals: community outreach, proposal development, and evaluation.
- Recruit, train, manage and appreciate volunteers and temporary student staff involved with the CARPP program.
- Participate in KPIRG policy development and ensure framework is up-to-date
- Network with faculty, KPU departments, and other KPU groups to promote CARPP and build partnerships to support the program, including development of a faculty advisory committee.
- Work with KPIRG Directors and Coordinators on CARPP promotional strategies.
- Manage the online CARP project database and project files, update the CARPP portion of the website.
- Ensure CARPP legal and policy framework is up-to-date and appropriate including research ethics, research publication standards, and criteria for accepting community proposals.
- Work with the other staff to manage KPIRG: staff and maintain the office; respond to requests from students and the public; organize and attend retreats and planning sessions; participate in KPIRG events; recruit, train and support Board members; sit on KPIRG committees as needed.
- When possible, provide resources and training for students on progressive research methodology.
- Develop strategies for effective program management and long-term planning.
- Program management experience in progressive non-profit organization: ability to translate vision into action, understand budget/finances, carry out policy work, and prioritize and delegate tasks.
- Experience in progressive research methodology, particularly community-based and Participatory Action Research, within an anti-oppressive framework.
- Commitment to social and environmental justice and progressive social change, with a strong anti-oppression analysis and practice.
- Excellent communication skills: clear written and verbal communication, networking, conflict resolution, facilitation, collaborative working style, ability to dialogue with diverse parties, ability to openly accept feedback.
- Experience coordinating volunteers including recruitment, training, delegation and appreciation.
- Ability to work efficiently in a busy, people-filled, self-directed environment.
- Experience working collaboratively in a non-hierarchical setting using consensus decision-making.
- Experience working in a leadership or mentorship capacity with young adults.
- Extremely organized with excellent time-management skills.
- Solid computer skills (word processing, email, internet, database, basic layout)
Affirmative Action: KPIRG is an affirmative action employer. Hiring preference shall be given to qualified applicants from groups who face systemic barriers to employment (such as women, Indigenous folks, people of colour, queer folks, trans folks, people with disabilities, etc.). Applicants wanting to be considered under affirmative action should discuss this in their cover letter. We encourage applicants to include other skills and experiences in addition to those outlined above.
What to Send Us: Please submit a cover letter, resume and references for the attention of the Hiring Committee via email to email@example.com. Please put ‘Research Coordinator Application’ in the subject heading of the email and include both documents in 1 attached file only.
Deadline for application is: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 11:59 P.M. PST
Late or incomplete applications not accepted. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
Mail: KPIRG, KPU, 12666 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8. Unceded Coast Salish Territories.