Research Assistant

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Author pmnationtalk
Date October 29, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
Contact Information
Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (


Research Assistant

Policy and Research

Thunder Bay, Ontario

POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Research Assistant in Thunder Bay.

The Research Assistant will provide overall support and assistance to ONWA’s Policy and Research Portfolio. The Research Assistant will assist with community-based research and engagements and will conduct analyses of local, provincial and national policies, programs, initiatives and economic trends that affect Indigenous women and their families in Ontario. The Research Assistant will collaborate with Policy Analysts and Researchers to prepare information packages, briefing notes, tool kits, policy position papers and research reports. The Research Assistant will participate in working groups on pertinent issues impacting Indigenous women and their families in Ontario. They will bring to the attention of the Policy and Research Manager current developments in provincial and federal policies that affect Indigenous women and their families.


  • A post secondary diploma/degree and a minimum of 3 years work experience in the area of Political, Social Science (s) or Women’s/Indigenous Study (ies), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Proven work experience related to research.
  • Knowledge of the corporate nature, government systems and administration and the ability to interact with other government departments, Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Knowledge of and experience working for Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues impacting Indigenous women and their families, including gender-based violence and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with gender-based analysis
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management and presentation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective community members.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance
  • Current vulnerable sector criminal records check.
  • Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • Ability/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours.


  • Cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work related deliverables.
  • Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  • Monitor factors (including political, social, economic and culture) influencing Indigenous women and their families including violence against women.
  • Assist with conducting research, community engagements, interviews, focus groups, and compiling statistical information, in accordance with Indigenous methodologies.
  • Prepare position papers, recommendations, briefing notes, reports, and other documents.
  • Write up community reports; assist in writing proposals and preparing papers for publication.
  • Review and write critical summaries of research literature, data and/or public policy.
  • Maintain up to date resources and bibliographies as they relate to policy and research on issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Understanding and awareness of ONWA’s Strategic Plan and Resolutions.
  • Undertake as requested, administrative and clerical tasks associated with the Department of Policy and Research.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Complete monthly reports and submit to Manager when required.
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  • Complete reports to funders as required.
  • Complete and attend supervisions with Manager on a regular basis.
  • Other reports or admin as assigned.


  • Promote the program within the community.
  • To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  • Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Research Assistant will be directly accountable to Community Knowledge Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

A job description is available upon request.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits,

generous vacation allowance and savings plan.

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