Research Assistant, UN SDGs as Career Intervention Project

University of the Fraser Valley Published: September 22, 2020
Remote, British Columbia
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$15/hour plus vacation and benefits
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Dr. Candy Ho, Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning at UFV invites applications for a Research Assistant (RA) to support her research in employing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as a way to enhance student career development. Currently she is introducing the UN SDGs into courses such as ARTS 299 and PORT 398 and is curious about how these goals can help students consider their career aspirations and purpose. Her work will also be used to inform the integration of career development theory into a variety of courses within the College of Arts, as well as to inform student-led SXD lab projects and possible research projects or student internships in the Peace and Reconciliation Centre.

The work can be done remotely using virtual meeting and communication tools. This position will also include a variety of professional development opportunities including attendance at a national conference being held virtually in January, a workshop on Indigenous ways of knowing & career development, and a variety of workshops on topics such as project management, communications and marketing, research ethics, community building, and facilitation skills.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate is someone who can:

  • conduct an environmental scan of the SDGs as a teaching intervention in all educational levels (with a particular focus on post-secondary level)
  • generate a preliminary literature review on career purpose in the context of post-secondary student career development
  • assist with the data collection process, such as conducting focus groups and taking session notes

Knowledge and skills

The ideal candidate should have the following skills and experience:

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills (e.g., literature review and report writing)
  • Strong research skills (e.g., identifying relevant articles and reports and compose annotations)
  • Ability to work independently and productively with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrate initiative and curiosity – you are a ‘sponge’ who is open and likes to soak up learning
  • Has experience and/or interest in career development, teaching and learning, and/or the SDGs

Education required

Current undergraduate student with at least 45 credits in UFV College of Arts

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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