The Faculty Assistant/Research Assistant will provide specific support at the Assistant level and contribute to the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute’s economic research pillar and the RIC’s applied research and outreach agenda as it relates to rural economic development, regional workforce innovation, and evidence-based decision-making in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region of BC. The Research Assistant will help to advance a short-term research project relating to home insurance and fire risk, specific to rural places.
Based on a foundation of applied research and extension, the overarching goals of the RIC are to:
- Develop the capacity in the region for sound decision-making in matters related to economic development through the provision of relevant research data and analysis, together with related skill and capacity development
- Assist in the diversification of the regional economy through the promotion of innovation and technology transfer in existing and new enterprises
- Support provincial and national networks that undertake applied research on the revitalization of high amenity, highly rural communities and regions
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Faculty Assistant/Research Assistant will provide specific support to home insurance and fire risk research project.
- Implement research methodologies, support the RIC and RDI Manager in data analysis, support participant groups, contribute to knowledge mobilization activities, and support report writing
- Perform other duties as assigned by the RIC/Manager of the RDI
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to all phases of applied research including: qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, analysis, group facilitation, knowledge mobilization, report writing
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both orally and in writing)
- Strong competencies in working independently and as part of a team
Education and Experience
- Master's degree preferred or Bachelor degree in a discipline related to the RIC goals with a focus on rural economic development
- Three (3) years of recent relevant experience
- Regional workforce innovation, and evidence-based decision-making
- Demonstrated excellence as a research assistant and professional service
- Experience working with rural regions and with community-based research is required
This is a casual, temporary contract appointment up to 80 hours commencing June 30, 2017 to August 31, 2017. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Selkirk College Faculty Association Collective Agreement. The salary range is $24.61-$37.54 hourly at a 100% appointment and is based on qualifications and experience.
Selkirk College is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential and where each member of the college community shares a responsibility for developing and maintaining a healthy work environment in which differences are valued. The college welcomes applications from persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal people. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.