Job posting: Research Assistant, Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative)

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Research Assistant – Improving Outcomes for People Living with Opioid Use Disorder

(16 hours/week – June 2021 through March 2022)

We are seeking a skilled, passionate, and community-oriented person to join our team as a Research Assistant for a research project entitled Partnering with Indigenous Elders to Improve Outcomes for People Living with Opiate Use Disorder – a Prospective Cohort Study.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Investigators, Indigenous Elders, Cultural Wellness Program, and research team members to continuously ground all aspects of work conducted through Kilala Lelum Health Centre in a “two-eyed seeing” approach that accommodates both scientific and Indigenous ways of knowing. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in research in particular qualitative interviewing and a working understanding of culturally safe, trauma-informed care and harm reduction. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual committed to developing their research skills and addressing health inequities for people living in the inner-city.


Job Summary:

The Project Assistant will participate in research activities and qualitative interviews for the “Partnering with Indigenous Elders to Improve Outcomes for People Living with Opioid Use Disorder – a Prospective Cohort Study” protocol. This project is fully funded through a grant from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has received ethics approval from the UBC Behaviour Ethics Review Board. This project is a prospective cohort study of 49 people living with Opioid Use Disorder
who self-identify as Indigenous. The Project Assistant will work closely with the project’s Research Manager, Research Assistants and Study Investigators, Primary Care staff, and Cultural Wellness program staff.



● Work closely with Indigenous Elders and KL’s Cultural Wellness team.
● Prepare study documents and recruitment materials.
● Invite members to the study; schedule and meet with participating members.
● Gather information with participants through questionnaires.
● Contribute to the qualitative study design, including the methodology,
sampling, topic guide, data collection, and analysis.
● Conduct qualitative interviews, lead transcription, and participate in coding of
● Collaborate on results interpretation, writing, and final reporting.
● Participate in stakeholder and community engagement and knowledge
translation activities.
● Perform other related duties as required.


Qualifications & Skills:

● A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science or certificate in the health sciences with 1-3 years of research experience, preferably in an environment that serves Indigenous persons and/or persons with multiple barriers to health and wellness equity. Consideration will be given to comparable experience.
● Experience and knowledge of cultural practices and protocols, working with Elders + Knowledge Keepers, and/or Indigenous governance and leadership models. Interest in continuing to nurture and develop in this way.
● Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to form collaborative and respectful relationships with other professionals, community partners, and KL members.
● Willingness to engage in ongoing learning and innovation as we strive for excellence.
● Good computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and/or
databases, and email. Additional skills or experience with virtual
conferencing technology and/or EMR (electronic medical records) an asset.
● Excellent organizational skills and time management.
● Effective verbal and written communication skills.
● Accuracy and attention to detail.
● Experience and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous culture

For appplication information and other details, please see the full posting at Kílala Lelum. The initial application has been extended, and we want applicants to have most up to date information.