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Research Coordinator, Research Project -- “Re-examining the 'Canadian Experience' and acculturation: The missing context of Canada’s skilled immigrants” Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: June 22, 2009

Job posting: Research Coordinator
Research Project -- “Re-examining the 'Canadian Experience' and acculturation: The missing context of Canada’s skilled immigrants” Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination of the SSHRC-funded research project under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.  This is a part-time position (15-20 hours per week) starting immediately with the end date of March 31, 2010.  As par SSHRC guidelines, preference will be given to current graduate students (and recent
graduates).

This research project aims to identify unspoken knowledge in the “Canadian work place culture” and “Canadian experience” through interpretive, qualitative research methods including arts-based methods. The project examines if such unspoken knowledge about culture is important for skilled immigrants in seeking employment and/or being successful at their jobs, and what types of unspoken knowledge are important.  The research will also identify current practices that have been helpful. For more information about the Principal Investigator and her previous work, please consult the following websites:
http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/faculty/bios/sakamoto.htm
http://www.research.utoronto.ca/edge/fall2007/3.html

Responsibilities:
•    Coordinate tasks associated with conducting inductive, interpretive research in collaboration with community agencies and other stakeholders
•    Recruit participants for individual interviews and focus groups with agency staff, service users, and other stakeholders
•    Conduct focus groups and research interviews using verbal and non-verbal/arts-based methods
•    Liaise and work collaboratively with community agencies, academics and other stakeholders
•    Coordinate data transcription
•    Code the various (verbal and non-verbal) data using NVivo 8, and coordinate this task with other research assistants as needed
•    Assist in data analysis
•    Conduct archival research and literature review
•    Assist in the supervision and training of other research assistants and work-study students
•    Assist in planning for knowledge dissemination activities and in coordinating activities with the community research partners for knowledge dissemination
•    Assist in preparing reports, manuscripts and presentations
•    Other duties as required, including assistance with funding proposals and various clerical/administrative tasks

The Research Coordinator will be culturally competent in working with new immigrants from various backgrounds including Chinese and South Asian backgrounds, two largest skilled immigrant groups.

Qualifications:
•    Master’s Degree in social work, social sciences or equivalent combination of education and experience
•    Demonstrated ability to think inductively out of people’s lived experiences represented in qualitative and interpretive data
•    Strong critical thinking skills and commitment to conducting ethical research
•    Previous experience conducting community-based research, program planning, evaluation and other applied research, preferably in community-based settings
•    Demonstrated knowledge with immigration, issues that skilled immigrants face in Canada, and social justice issues in general.
•    Proficiency in anti-oppressive frameworks
•    Experience or keen interests in using arts-based methods for research or community-based activities.

•    Experience working with marginalized communities

•    Demonstrated ability to critically analyze research in the larger organizational, community, and societal contexts
•    Strong interpersonal, team work, collaboration and partnership skills
•    Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
•    Ability to work independently and take initiative; demonstrate a high level of resourcefulness and self direction
•    Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly for a variety of audiences in a range of formats and to make effective presentations
•    Strong computer and database skills, including Microsoft Office, internet and email applications
•    Competency in NVivo preferred
•    Fluency in Mandarin Chinese or one of the South Asian languages is a plus

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (i.e., a term paper, published work, or research report that shows critical thinking skills, preferably in the areas of immigration, social justice issues, qualitative research, and/or community-based research) by June 22, 2009 (or until the position is filled) to Professor Izumi Sakamoto by email at
izumi.sakamoto@utoronto.ca, or mail to Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S1A1.

Given the short notice, late applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  We thank all applicants; however, due to limited resources, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.