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Research Assistant Position, BC Precarity Survey
Understand Precarity in BC (UP-BC) Partnership
The Labour Studies Program & the SFU Morgan Centre for Labour Research

Closing date: February 4, 2023

The Understanding Precarity in BC (UP-BC) Partnership is a SSHRC-funded project that started in the spring of 2022, co-directed by Dr. Kendra Strauss (SFU) and Iglika Ivanova, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) BC Office. It brings together a team of academic and community organization partners to investigate multi-dimensional precarity in BC.

In 2019, as part of the preliminary work for the Partnership, we conducted a pilot survey of precarious employment in BC. Building on this pilot, we secured funding for three waves of the BC Precarity Survey through the UP-BC project. This RA position will support the development of the survey instrument for the BC Precarity Survey, which will be administered (Wave 1) in 2023.

Qualifications and Experience:
● Graduate degree (MA or PhD) in social sciences or other related areas (e.g., publichealth). Current PhD students, and MA students who are near completion, are welcome to apply.
● Prior research experience with designing and implementing surveys in the social sciences is preferred. Research experience with survey data will be considered.
● Prior knowledge and research experience in the areas of precarious employment or multi-dimensional precarity in the labour market are assets.

● Ability to work independently and accurately.
● Analytic and interpretive skills, ideally related to survey design and survey data.
● Excellent organizational skills.
● Ability to also work as part of a team.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The main responsibility of the research assistant is to Identify and review major surveys and studies related to precarious employment in order to:

● Identify any major gaps in terms of areas covered or questions asked in our current survey questionnaire; and,
● Identify and implement best practices in questionnaire design and terminology, to help identify and measure key dimensions of precarious employment and its various impacts.

This position will start as soon as possible and will be for 2 months, with the possibility of renewal. It requires a commitment of 15 hours per week. Hourly rate is $31-34/hour commensurate with experience.

Please send a CV, covering letter, and the names of two references to Dr. Kendra Strauss, Director of the Labour Studies Program at SFU:  

UNITE HERE Local 40 is hiring a Communications Specialist and a Campaign Researcher. We are known for innovative corporate campaign strategies and impressive grassroots mobilization of workers and community allies. Through organizing and winning good contracts, UNITE HERE members have made hundreds of thousands of traditionally low-wage hospitality jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs. UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership - largely immigrant workers with a majority being women. 

Position description can be found here: 

Communications Specialist:

This involves developing internal and external communications, media work, digital strategies and working with our members to develop them as spokespeople in their campaigns. 

People who usually do well as a Communications Specialist are activists who want to fight for workers’ rights, and who are as comfortable being in the field working alongside our leaders.  We consider entry-level candidates who are activists and show aptitude for campaign communications, as well as people with more experience.  We are working purposefully to expand our pool of applicants to include more women and people of colour.

Michelle Travis