Job Opening: Research and Engagement Strategist

Job ID: 35535
Location: Vancouver – Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Management and Professional
Job Category: Research and Facilitation
Classification Title: Research and Facilitation, Level A
Business Title: RSHDC Research and Engagement Strategist
VP/Faculty: Assoc. VP Academic Affairs
Department: IRSHDC
Salary Range: $53,019.00 – $76,374.00 (Annual)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Desired Start Date: 18 November 2019
Ongoing: Yes
Funding Type: Budget Funded
Closing Date: 2019/10/29
Available Openings: 1
Guiding principle: “Midpoint” of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

Working collaboratively with the RSHDC team, the Research and Engagement Strategist coordinates initiatives, projects and events in support of engagement, research and curation activities. Creates and/or maintains partnerships with Indigenous communities, Survivors of residential school and/or intergenerational survivors to develop collaborative projects and initiatives, identify priorities and materials/records. Coordinates research and engagement initiatives at the Centre as well as with communities, schools, post-secondary institutions and UBC partners.

Collaborates on content and aids in designing and carrying out research strategies, scope and goals. Participates in ongoing project planning, research development and execution. Investigates funding sources and works collaboratively with RSHDC team to develop, compose, edit and proof funding applications and reports.

Conducts research into the resources and records related to the Residential School System in Canada and its legacies directly with community members.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Engagement at the Residential History and Dialogue Centre (RSHDC), or designate. Works closely and in collaboration with the Assistant Director, RSHDC team, community and academic partners/stakeholders, and related research and archives staff at other institutions.

Work Performed

  • Works directly with Indigenous community members and communities to develop collaborative research collections and initiatives;
  • Coordinates engagement activities at the RHSDC for visiting individuals or groups, Survivors, families, school groups and UBC faculties, departments and/or partners in collaboration with RSHDC Education and Programming Strategist;
  • Works directly with Survivors and intergenerational survivors of residential schools responding to requests for information and/or towards the development of ongoing RSHDC initiatives;
  • Collaborates in developing resources for RSHDC lessons, workshops and/or conferences;
  • Works collaboratively with RSHDC and various partner organizations to organize events,dialogues and conferences;
  • Provides talks and/or is able to host events including public speaking engagements, groupfacilitation and/or workshops;
  • Identifies relevant methodologies in Indigenous studies, trauma-informed memoryinstitution studies to inform RSHDC content and strategies;
  • Collaborates on and/or writes compiled research findings and disseminates compilationsof RSHDC work to community and University/academic partners;
  • In collaboration with RSHDC Assistant Director and RSHDC collections team definesstrategy and scope for ongoing content research and curation;
  • Researches funding sources and prepares, composes and edits funding applications andresearch reports
  • Contributes to project planning, execution, monitoring and reportingSupervision ReceivedWorks independently under the broad direction of the RSHDC Assistant Director of Research and EngagementSupervision Given

    May assign or check the work of technicians, support staff, students or volunteers.

    Consequence of Error/Judgement:

    The Research and Engagement Strategist will exercise initiative, sound judgment, and tact in working with faculty, staff and with contacts at other institutions. Good judgment in the assessment of materials is imperative, as is attention to detail and organization. Errors, poor judgment, and inappropriate decisions can impede the work of the RSHDC and result in missed opportunities and, ultimately, ineffective or inadequate displays of public information, or in compromised relations with critical contacts at other institutions. Misidentification of usage rights on materials may create legal exposure for the Centre and university.


University degree in a relevant field (Indigenous studies, History with an Indigenous concentration, etc.), or in another academic field preferred with a minimum of two years related experience with Indigenous organizations related to residential school issues, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Minimum of two years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent research and writing skills. Knowledge of the residential school history and historical context is requisite. Demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous organizations is required. Experience with archival research or curatorial experience an asset. Computer competence in document preparation, database use, and organization of storage required. Experience in working with multimedia resources and/or communications strategies desirable. Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills required. Excellent oral and presentation skills required. Ability to build effective relationships when working with other staff, both locally and at related institutions required. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment required. Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines required. Given equivalent qualifications, preference will be given to First Nations, M├ętis and/or Inuit candidates.

Experience engaging with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and communities, demonstrated Indigenous cultural competency including knowledge of Indian Residential School system, and prior work with Survivors of schools and their families, is preferred. If candidate does not have adequate experience and cultural competency with Indigenous peoples, professional development requirements to achieve proven competency may be a requirement during the probationary period.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For more details and to apply visit UBC Careers under Job ID 35535. View a PDF of the job description.

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