We are hiring in tandem with Simon Fraser University, Knowledge Mobilization Hub for a Research Assistant – Urban Indigenous Knowledge Broker. Part-time (approximately 12 hrs/week) for 3.5 months or total 170 hours at $26.50/hour. With possibility of renewal.
Voor has secured sponsorship from the Simon Fraser University Community Engagement Initiative and has directed it in support of our client the National Urban Indigenous Coalitions Council (NUICC).
We are seeking a Research Assistant that will work closely with NUICC and Voor Urban Labs to specialize in lifting up the stories and knowledge of Indigenous people in 34 Canadian cities. We are inviting immediate applicants who are committed to critical urban research, urban planning, and community engagement work. NUICC is a growing network of coalitions working to advance the rights and visibility of the urban Indigenous population across Canada. Join us in this unique role supporting projects for the NUICC to advance public policy and social infrastructure that addresses challenges for urban Indigenous peoples across Canada.
We are looking for an SFU Graduate student who has experience with knowledge mobilization and Urban Indigenous communities. You will work within the SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub and work closely with Voor Urban Labs and NUICC’s Urban Indigenous Knowledge Mobilization Hub. In this role you will create a structure for aggregating evidence on the key areas of concern for NUICC. NUICC has identified a need for aggregated evidence in a number of policy areas important to urban Indigenous people, as the Knowledge Broker you will identify good practices in this area, create structures for evidence aggregation, build relationships with potential contributors as evidence aggregators and contributors to the journal Stories Have Always Been Our Governance.
This is a hybrid (remote and in-person) position. You will work with Voor’s mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff team working from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Toronto, and Ottawa on exciting and meaningful work advancing the rights of Urban Indigenous People across Canada.
This Research Assistant position is a flexible part-time role with work days that balance your family’s needs and the team’s needs. While remote work in this position is possible, you may be expected to attend meetings at times at SFU’s Burnaby and Vancouver campuses.
If you feel you are an exceptional candidate but cannot commit to the part-time role at present, apply and let us know in the cover letter.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify and connect with potential collaborators, partners, researchers;
- Present and network at different events or conferences as appropriate;
- Identify good practices and/or examples of evidence aggregation;
- Create structure, work flow, guidelines for evidence aggregation activities;
- Bring your experience of urban Indigenous Peoples and decolonization into the work;
- Participate and contribute to team activities as needed;
- Attend weekly NUICC group meetings;
- Other duties as assigned.
- You have a post-secondary diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree in communications, Indigenous studies, urban planning, knowledge mobilization or a related field;
- Excellent understanding of the role of storytelling and Indigenous Knowledge;
- Familiar with urban Indigenous issues and policy solutions for Canadian cities;
- Good understanding of knowledge mobilization literature;
- Very strong organization, communication and writing skills; critical thinker, problem-solver, and pro-active attitude;
- Very strong skills (and references) for your work with research, evidence synthesis, and project planning;
- and Fluent in English.
- Familiarity of local government and urban public policy;
- Knowledge of Indigenous governance systems;
- Experience in arts, culture, journalism, or communications.
Please send your resume (.doc or .pdf) with a cover letter explaining your suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org include “Knowledge Broker” in the email subject.
The posting is open until filled. We will start reviewing and contacting applicants on September 23rd, 2022. The position start date is negotiable, but prefer ASAP.
Voor Urban Labs provides technical support for broader movements for decolonization, social change and climate justice locally in Vancouver and across Canada. Our team specialises in critical urban research, urban planning, and community engagement work. Join us in this unique research assistant role supporting projects for the National Urban Indigenous Coalitions Council, advancing public policy and social infrastructure that addresses challenges for urban Indigenous peoples across Canada.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Indigenous person to join our team as a research assistant specialising in work related to Urban indigenous communities. In this role, you will support the Voor Director, support staff, and clients in maintaining research and production schedules, and completing tasks so projects run smoothly. Based remotely, you will work with a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff team working from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Toronto, Ottawa, and Mexico on exciting and meaningful work advancing the rights of Urban Indigenous People across Canada.
Part-time (12-24hrs per week); $26-30/hour, depending on experience. Initial contract of 6 months, with anticipated renewal.
Interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position start date is negotiable, but prefer as soon as possible. Please send your resume (.doc or .pdf) with a cover letter explaining your suitability for the role. Email to email@example.com include “Research Assistant” in the email subject.
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Voor Urban Labs provides technical support for broader movements for decolonization, social change and climate justice locally in Vancouver and across Canada. Our team specializes in critical urban research, urban planning, and community engagement work. Join us in this unique communications and production role supporting local and national projects for advancing public policy and social infrastructure that addresses social and environmental challenges across Canada.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated person to join our team as a specialist in communications and production. Based out of Coast Salish lands/Vancouver, you will support a team working from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Toronto, Ottawa, and Mexico. Reporting to the Voor Director, you will help maintain production schedules and complete tasks so projects run smoothly. Your hybrid work week will be up to 50:50 in-person and remote-work to produce, organize and track tasks and projects, collaborating with coworkers on exciting and meaningful projects. A major focus for you will be urban Indigenous communities, however, you will also support other Voor clients addressing the climate crisis, environmental and social infrastructure and urban policy in BC.
$26-30/hour, depending on experience. Initial six month part-time contract with anticipated expansion to full time.
Please send your resume (.doc or .pdf) with a cover letter explaining your suitability for the role. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org include “Digital Communications Coordinator” in the email subject. Applications will be received on a rolling basis until filled, however please note our intention is to have this position to be filled as soon as possible, interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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Voor Urban Labs conducting first-ever Canadian study to measure social value, productivity and community impacts from the construction industry employing workers who face barriers.
We are thrilled www.BuildSocial.ca will be launched in January 2021 to measure the benefits of social procurement in the Canadian construction industry. Build Social is a platform and research study which has received approval from Simon Fraser University Research Ethics Board.
The $170 billion Canadian construction industry employs some 1.4 million people across Canada, but on the horizon is an increasing labour shortage of tens of thousands of workers. This research examines the Canadian construction industry employing workers who face barriers to employment. Commencing January 2021, Voor Urban Labs will launch three quantitative and qualitative research phases and take place on construction sites in different Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, and elsewhere. Voor Urban Labs has been contracted by Buy Social Canada to conduct the research with a projected one thousand submissions.
Build Social examines the productivity and work readiness of various temporary construction workers brought on job sites from market and non-market labour suppliers. It examines worker evaluation, training and supports, as well as broader ‘social value’ to workers and their communities. It also explores the experience of workers who face barriers as they are hired through private and community-based temp worker agencies. Workers are often brought into the industry through social enterprise labour agencies that hope to improve the lives of workers who face barriers to landing well-paid secure work.
The research will determine if labour from socially-procured suppliers is perceived to deliver comparable productivity standards to other workers on similar construction acts on the same construction site. In addition to worker productivity comparisons provided by supervisors, we will learn about the social value benefits of social procurement in the construction industry and in the communities where it builds public infrastructure. As the sector faces a major shortage of skilled workers, and moderately continues through this Covid19 economics disruption, the research will provide timely data and analysis as precarious workers are especially vulnerable and impacted. The research site at www.buildsocial.ca communicates to the construction industry as well as the research community participants regarding the study, communicates the benefits and provides access to participants. Follow along and read blog updates on the Build Social website.