Job Posting: Research Coordinator – SHAWNA Qualitative and Arts-Based Research

Mail: CGSHE, c/o St Paul’s Hospital,
1081 Burrard, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Offices: 11th Floor- 1190 Hornby St / 647 E Hastings St
Vancouver, BC I Unceded Traditional Territories

Job title: Research Coordinator – SHAWNA Qualitative and Arts-Based Research

Organization: Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity


Located in Vancouver, BC, the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) is a UBC/SFU-affiliated academic research center housed at Providence Health Care (PHC) ( The CGSHE has a strategic mandate of community-based research, policy and practice to reduce gender and sexual health inequities among marginalized populations in BC, Canada and globally. The CGSHE currently consists of over 70 staff, including 10-12 academic and clinical researchers/ faculty, graduate students, and frontline research staff, working out of our CGSHE head office (1190 Hornby St) and our community-based research office in the Downtown Eastside. We work in a highly collaborative team and strive to hire members from diverse backgrounds and lived experience.

Job Summary

For this position we are looking for someone with strong experience in supervising and working with a
diverse team of peer researchers. We are looking for someone who has previous experience working
with marginalized populations either in the context of research or service provision. This position will be
supporting the day-to-day activities of the SHAWNA Peer Research Team of cis and trans women living
with HIV, and will oversee peer-based qualitative and arts-based research activities, and knowledge
translation efforts. Experience with arts-based research methods including digital story telling is an asset.
If you have strong experience working with marginalized populations and community-based research we
want to hear from you.

Summary or Role Responsibilities

Reporting to the Principle Investigator, the Research Coordinator coordinates and conducts research
activities for quantitative and/or qualitative/arts-based methods research studies and research-related
projects. The Research Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and at times conducting quantitative
and, semi-structured qualitative/arts-based research interviews with study participants. Duties include
coordinating research activities such as supervising and/or mentoring interviewers and other research
staff, collecting research data, maintaining research records, and contributing to the management and
analysis of quantitative and qualitative/arts-based data. The Research Coordinator prepares ethics
applications and submissions, partakes in the design and creation of communications and public
relations tools, manages the consent process and prepares, writes and maintains reports and study
documentation. The Research Coordinator liaises with community stakeholders to facilitate knowledge
translation and build awareness about research and facilitate and maintain research capacity.

Role Responsibilities

1. Coordinates development, implementation, and maintenance of research studies and projects;
conducts research visits involving survey-based questionnaires /or qualitative/arts-based topic
guides; and collects data for existing and future projects.
2. Recruits research participants, manages the consent process, oversees and conducts research
interviews (e.g., structured/semi-structured interviews).
3. Supervises and/or mentors research staff (e.g., Interviewers, Trainees, Peer Research Assistants) by
performing duties such as providing guidance and direction on study protocols/processes (e.g., the
interview process, process or participant-related questions, managing participant-related changes,
data entry), participating in the recruitment and selection of research staff, providing orientation and
training, monitoring staff performance and providing feedback to the Principal Investigator(s).
4. Designs and maintains databases and uses research software to analyze data, where applicable.
5. Prepares data files evaluating the quality of the data and describing its structure, overseeing data
entry procedures, and identifying ways to validate data and enhancing quality control of data.
6. Writes interview guides, operating procedures, study-related reports, study documents and ethics
applications and submissions as well as maintains ethics approvals and liaises with Research Ethics
Boards as needed.
7. Assists the Principal Investigators, and Financial Coordinator with various administrative tasks
associated with the day-to-day operations of research studies including paying stipends to
participants, keeping record of payment, maintaining study documentation (paper and electronic),
8. Supports, develops and evaluates strategies that encourage community participation in research and
research-related activities.
9. Liaises with community stakeholders to facilitate knowledge translation to and/or between a wide
range of organization activities and groups.
10. Contributes to the design and creation of communications and public relations tools about research
studies (e.g. flyers, posters, other materials) in order to recruit participants; coordinates meetings
among community, staff, research teams, and support staff.
11. Conducts health related work which includes referrals to relevant programs, agencies, service
providers and disease prevention programs for participants as needed and appropriate.
12. Provides education and employment referrals, training, advice and support for community agencies.
13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience
• A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in
Social Sciences, Nursing, Health Sciences, or related field;
• Minimum of two years’ experience of related professional experience in a health research
• Experience supervising data collection activities; and working with key affected populations in
research activities, including women living with HIV and Indigenous persons.
• Experience in organizing, coordinating, and managing research projects and/or grant-based
• Certification in research ethics core principles and guidelines (e.g. TCPS-2).

Skills and Abilities
• Clear understanding of the academic research process acquired through practical and/or
academic experience.
• Strong understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and experience
collecting and reporting quantitative and qualitative data.
• Expertise in social justice, gender, sexual health, HIV/AIDS and marginalized populations,
including women living with HIV, sex workers, indigenous and new immigrant/migrant
communities, and/or gender/sexual minority populations
• Strong knowledge of social determinants of health, intersectionality (i.e., the intersections of
gender inequality, racialization, and socio-economic marginalization); an understanding of
structural and institutional influences that shape the health of marginalized populations
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload, handle multiple assignments effectively
and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability and experience in preparing documents, reports, and communication
• Excellent project organization, implementation, and networking skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues.
• Excellent research skills, with an ability to conduct basic analysis of research data.
• Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft Office suite and database management skills.
• Demonstrated skill and experience in event planning and grant application preparation.
• Strong analytical and planning skills.
• Ability to build effective teams.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the
inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applicants from
members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human
Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability,
political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or
Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be
given priority.


More information and application details

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those candidates short-listed will be contacted