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Aboriginal Research Assistant

Job Information
Author mccrearycentre
Date March 14, 2017
Type Full Time
Company McCreary Centre Society
Salary 40,000 - Annual
Location Vancouver, BC
Category Research / Development
Contact Information
Please forward your résumé and a cover letter to: McCreary Centre Society 3552 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V5K 2A7 e-mail: mccreary@mcs.bc.ca fax: 604-291-7308 Please indicate on your cover letter if you self-identify as an Aboriginal person.

McCreary Centre Society is seeking an Aboriginal Research Assistant to support the work of McCreary’s Youth Research Academy, conduct statistical analysis (using SPSS) and gather information from Indigenous young people involved in the justice system.

The ideal applicant will be of Aboriginal descent and have a strong understanding of Aboriginal culture and youth health issues in BC, experience working with vulnerable youth, strong facilitation skills, and a degree in health sciences or a related field.

Travel to communities across BC is a requirement of this position. Travel to some communities will require overnight stays.

Salary is $40,000 p.a. The position is currently funded through until March 2018.

Employees are entitled to MSP and health benefits upon completion of 6 months’ employment. Additional benefits include professional development and health and wellness funding, and an optional RRSP scheme.

Please indicate on your cover letter if you self-identify as an Aboriginal person.

Job roles and responsibilities:

  • Offering support and mentorship to members of McCreary’s Youth Research Academy
  • Analyzing BC AHS and other McCreary data using SPSS for Windows
  • Supporting the organization and delivery of the project “ Beyond a dreamcatcher: Youth engaged research into promising practices for culturally relevant drug treatment approaches.”
  • Supporting a range of McCreary research and evaluation projects including the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey
  • Co- facilitating interviews, focus groups and community consultations
  • Assisting in the preparation of community friendly reports
  • Supporting youth engagement projects as required
  • Sharing research findings with youth and adult stakeholders

Job qualifications/requirements:

  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and awareness of issues facing Aboriginal communities and youth is essential
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • University coursework in health or social science research
  • Experience working with SPSS for Windows
  • Experience working as a Research Assistant preferred
  • Experience of facilitating focus groups or other group sessions
  • Experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in youth issues and research
  • Strong understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods

Educational requirements:

  • Graduate or Undergraduate degree in health sciences or related field
  • SPSS course work

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license: Yes
  • Access to vehicle: No
  • Criminal record check: Yes
  • First Aid cert: No

McCreary Centre Society is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of BC youth through community-based research, evaluation and youth engagement projects. For more information, visit www.mcs.bc.ca.

The position will remain open until filled.

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