Job Opportunity: Research Assistant II, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg

This post was written by admin on April 16, 2014
Posted Under: Call for Applications,Job Openings

The Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) was created by the University of Winnipeg in 1969 at a time when the city’s “urban university” perceived a need to address the problems and concerns of the inner city. Research Associates are the core of the Institute’s ability to conduct research and engage in community projects and programs. The Research Associate II is a senior research position that has responsibilities in originating research and completing all levels of analysis related to new and existing projects. In addition, they have supervisory responsibilities.


  • The position’s primary role is to support research on the MHCC At Home/Chez Soi Project; with secondary responsibilities in other IUS research projects.
  • Undertake primary research, analysis, and report preparation.
  • Facilitate public engagement: conducts interviews, organizes seminars or focus groups, hosts community meetings and other forms of public engagement.
  • Support project procurement and staff supervision.
  • Report and document preparation.
  • Undertake public speaking and/or support course delivery with guest lectures; presents findings at conferences or stakeholder meetings, provides comments to media.
  • Contributes to overall Institute activities and internal operations.
  • Contributes to planning and delivery of special events.


  • Master’s Degree related to urban affairs, such as geography, urban planning, economics, environmental studies, law, public administration, political science, or another related discipline.
  • Minimum two-years of experience in conducting research, writing reports and compiling information.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience preparing reports, technical documents, and correspondence at a high level of quality required.
  • An understanding of issues related to health/mental health/addictions as related to housing required.
  • Additional understanding several of the following urban issues: social policy, urban development, housing, urban aboriginal issues, urban design, urban environmental issues, inner-city issues & development, urban revitalization, or government policy & programs.
  • Required, is knowledge of qualitative/quantitative analysis software such as SPSS Statistics 19 and/or NVIVO-10.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including Community Groups, Provincial and Local Governments, Aboriginal Groups, business representatives and Social Development Agencies.
  • Knowledge of local social service agencies, community groups and related government departments an asset.
  • Ability to work in political environments requiring confidentiality and discretion.
  • Ability to work either independently or within a team environment.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends to attend conferences or meetings as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to resolve conflict situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Well-developed planning, analytical, problem solving and organizational skills with ability to prioritize workloads under pressure.
  • Strong client service skills with the ability to provide advisory services to clients.
  • Knowledge of management processes including: RFP & EOI processes, awards of contracts, project management & budgeting, development of contract terms and conditions, and risk management an asset.
  • Presentation skills including public speaking and use of PowerPoint
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite are required.
  • Knowledge of graphic-design software would be beneficial: e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

An equivalent combination of education, experience and skills may be considered. For more information pertaining to the position and to apply, click on the following link:



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