November 3, 2017

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union requires a temporary staff representative (researcher) for its Research & Interactive (R&I) services, effective date to be determined. The term of the assignment is up to 12 months or to return of incumbent The position is located at its headquarters in Burnaby.

The position reports to the coordinator, Research & Interactive (R&I).


  • Activist research: from a social movement unionism and progressive public policy frame of reference, conduct research and analysis to advance the interests of the BCGEU membership, the broader labour movement, and other progressive social movements in alignment with organizational priorities established by senior leadership
  • Public policy research: analyze policy initiatives, legislation, news and developments on a range of public policy issues of interest to the union and its membership
  • Union research: assist other departments across the union with financial, economic, corporate and other research related to field services, advocacy, negotiations, organizing, and research & interactive; submit FOI requests, conduct surveys, labour market and labour adjustment benefit research and analysis
  • Reports, presentations, and submissions: prepare and present briefs, policy statements, reports, submissions and other research-related communications or information
  • Lobbying activities: track and report lobbying activities carried out by the union's senior leadership
  • Committee assignments: support elected on BCGEU committees and represent the union on committees or in meetings with government, opposition and employer representatives
  • Liaison: work with BCGEU activists, community groups, unions and labour centrals on public policy issues
  • Other duties: primary role in this position is research; however, a researcher may be assigned associated work, as required, to support departmental objectives


  • activist-research, with experience in union campaigns, community organizing, or political campaigns
  • university degree in economics or related field, preferably a graduate degree
  • experience in public policy, corporate and sectoral research and analysis
  • experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • experience in preparing and presenting briefs to government and at public hearings
  • excellent written and verbal communications skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate complex economic and policy issues in simple, understandable terms
  • demonstrated ability to develop activists' skills and to maintain effective working relationships with union and community activists as well as coalition partners
  • an understanding of the goals and values of the labour movement

Travel is required, therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. driver’s licence.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, November 10, 2017.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to:

Attention to: Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland