Social Researcher

Job No: PCRS367
Location: Surrey

REACH Program for Youth - Surrey
Term Position (Subcontracted) – 1-year project
**Hybrid Work Model (includes work from home, in-site & on the field)

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is a large not-for-profit agency that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Vancouver to Hope. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities. Our strong agency values of advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being guide our work with participants and how we support our diverse staff. We place a high value on work-life balance. This is demonstrated through our compensation and comprehensive/fully employer-paid benefits package, including extended health and dental, sick leave, Municipal Pension, and flexible work options for many positions. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program, including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who care for the people we serve.

Position Summary:
The REACH program at PCRS is looking for a social researcher to conduct a research project that aims to identify the different barriers that newcomer youth face when entering the labour market in their newly acquired Canadian communities, as well as the identifiable assets that may provide them with better leverage to support them in accessing employment. This position requires a superior level of knowledge and expertise in social research designing and implementation and experience working with vulnerable newcomer youth.

The researcher will review pertinent literature and organize interviews, focus groups and other research tools to collect data from newcomer youth, their families, employers, and other stakeholders. The research will be conducted with immigrant youth living in the Surrey, Delta, or Langley areas, including REACH and non-REACH participants. The researcher will review the data collected and analyze it to develop tools and other learning products that can support the REACH program's employability and life skills training component. The outcomes of this research will provide valuable insights that will help optimize immigrant youth's capacity building and skills development. They will enhance the quality of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy delivery within the REACH Program for Youth. This is a hybrid full-time position, which will require the researcher to work on a 35-hour schedule, combining work from home, in-site and in the field

Primary Duties:
• Conducts relevant literature reviews.
• Designs and implements research projects.
• Responsible for ensuring the ethical collection of data from newcomer youth, families, employers, and other stakeholders (interviews, focus groups, etc.), ensuring no harm is made to participants.
• Recruits research participants and conducts qualitative interviews and ethnographic observational research.
• Reports research outcomes in a timely and professional manner.
• Develops tools and other learning products to support newcomer youth in enhancing their employability and life skills.
• Participates in regular supervision meetings.
• Maintains strict confidentiality related to the identification and release of study data.

Academic and Job Experience Required:
• Graduate in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, Child & Youth Work & any other related discipline), or B.A. & equivalent experience with research.
• Experience designing and conducting social research.
• Relevant knowledge and experience of child & youth work.

Basic Requirements:
• Criminal Record Check, including the vulnerable sector
• Proof of being fully Vaccinated for Covid 19
• Use of own vehicle required (paid mileage)
• Use of own I.T. equipment

Desired Requirements:
• Proven experience in research design and implementation
• Experience working with vulnerable sectors
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to work independently
• Fluency in a second language is desired

Carlos Sandoval, Team Lead, REACH Program for Newcomer Youth

Salary Range: To be decided (depending on experience)
Closing Date: July 1, 2022, at 4:00pm

The offer is conditional upon the applicant providing us with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
"Pacific Community Resources Society is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact our H.R. department at Personal information will be kept confidential."


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