Research Assistant/Project Coordinator (one position)
Human and Social Development,
School of Child and Youth Care and School of Social Work
University of Victoria
Closes: October 15, 2021 at 4:00pm
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina
Length of employment: up to 12 months
Hours per week: 8-10 hours/week
Location: Lower Mainland (Vancouver and/or surrounding areas) - working remotely
The School of Child and Youth Care and the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria currently have an opportunity for a Research Assistant/Project Coordinator to work collaboratively on a research project tentatively called ‘Bordering practices in the Canadian child welfare system: How immigration status shapes risk assessment with immigrant families.’
This research project involves collaboration between researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria. This research explores ways in which child welfare and immigration policies and practices impact immigrants who are involved in the child welfare system, with an emphasis on the experiences of Black, Afro-Caribbean, African, and South Asian immigrants' interactions with the child welfare system.
The research objectives are to:
1) Examine provincial and organizational policies regarding child welfare decision-making and engagement with immigrant families in Ontario and British Columbia, through critical discourse analysis of policy documents related to risk assessment with immigrants. In-depth interviews with key stakeholders will explore how workers and organizations take part in enforcing or resisting the state’s regulation of immigrants.
2) Understand social workers’ use of discretion and ways of knowing when assessing risk for immigrant families through in-depth interviews with front-line workers, supervisors, and policy makers working in Toronto and Vancouver: two cities with the highest concentration of immigrant families in Canada.
3) Engage key stakeholders to exchange knowledge regarding decision-making and interactions with immigrant families towards improving equitable outcomes for families who are involved with child welfare services.
The successful applicant will be involved in various activities, including the following:
- Build connections with child welfare and community-based agencies and stakeholders across the lower mainland (i.e. Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley, etc.) who work directly with immigrant children, youth, families, and communities;
- Assist with data collection and analysis of in-depth interviews with policy makers and child welfare managers;
- Assist with analysis of provincial policy documents and textual data related to risk assessment with immigrant families;
- Assist with outreach to community partners and stakeholders working in child welfare organizations and immigrant communities in BC;
- Generate required reports, summaries, documents as required;
- Attend weekly meetings and report to the project team as required;
- Work closely with team members (including principal investigator, research staff, personnel and community partners); and
- Other duties as assigned.
The Research Assistant/Project Coordinator will be provided with research training and mentoring in research methods and theories, data management, consultation, and community engagement.
- Degree or current studies in social work, child and youth care, psychology, sociology, political science, or other related disciplines.
- Experience and/or knowledge of qualitative research methods and policy analysis
- Experience working in community-based settings (including lived experience) with racialized communities, including Black, Afro-Caribbean, African, or South Asian immigrants on the mainland (Greater Vancouver Area and Fraser Valley)
- Community based connections with immigrant communities in the Greater Vancouver Area and Fraser Valley and a willingness and capacity to travel throughout the mainland for outreach and research purposes an asset
- Experience working in child welfare and/or social work an asset
- Previous project or program facilitation/coordination experience
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Works well in a team environment
- $26 to $30 per hour depending on qualifications. Please note, this position is not limited to current students.
Please email a resume with cover letter, two references, and one writing sample by October 15th, 2021 to Bordering Practices Research Assistant, Shantelle Moreno. Please send all documents in one PDF file. We thank all applicants for submitting, however, due to limited resources only those under consideration will be contacted.
Contract length: 12 months
Application deadline: 2021-10-15
Expected start date: 2021-10-15
Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Contract
Salary: $26.00-$30.00 per hour