Senior Behavioural Scientist
Management Band 3
This position is located in Victoria.
This position is excluded from union membership.
An eligibility list may be established.
Bring your passion for behavioural science, your strong project management and communication skills, and your desire to make government services better.
We are looking for a scientist-practitioner with knowledge of behavioural science and expertise in experimental design and analysis to address issues facing the people and places of our province. If you thrive in a nimble, results-driven and collaborative environment and you like to draw on your research methods, data analysis, and knowledge translation skills to improve public programs and services, we think you’ll enjoy working with us.
At BC BIG, we care about generating high quality and ethically-derived evidence to inform decisions about government programs and services. We believe our work is made better by building strategic partnerships inside and outside of government, and we actively pursue collaborations with research universities, other orders of government, and social purpose organizations to achieve our aims for the public good.
We also care about our people. The BIG team supports curiosity, flexibility, and professional growth. Come work with us in our bright, modern workspace in beautiful downtown Victoria and be part of a thriving innovation ecosystem in British Columbia and a growing behavioural insights community in Western North America.
Here are the details:
Reporting to the Group Head, the Senior Behavioural Scientist will be responsible for leading a portfolio of behavioural insights projects. These projects will involve conducting scientifically and ethically sound interventions to solve behaviour-based policy problems and then analyzing, interpreting and presenting results to senior decision-makers in the form of recommendations and policy advice. The Senior Behavioural Scientist will have the opportunity to work across the policy spectrum, including projects in environment, healthcare, social services, natural resources, the economy, public safety and education. There may also be opportunities to teach, publish and collaborate with the academic community and beyond.
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Heather.Devine@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
• Graduate degree (minimum Master’s degree) in psychology, economics, neuroscience or another relevant area of behavioural science.
• Preference may be given to those with a PhD, or those with a Master’s degree in a related field plus 3 years of work experience in an applied behavioural science research role. (e.g., running a research lab, working in a behavioural insights unit, etc.).
• A minimum of 2 years of experience scoping and solving complex business problems through applying a range of behavioural science tools and techniques, including experimental design, exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing. Preference may be given to those with 3 or more years of experience.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience presenting complex scientific findings to peers, senior executives, academics, and lay audiences through creative and engaging presentations, reports, blog posts, media interviews, etc. Preference may be given to those with 3 or more years of experience.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience developing and delivering training to adult learners.
• Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
• Experience in user experience design or data science.
• Experience in the public sector.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.