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[CLOSED] Job Posting – Research Coordinator


Position Title: Research Coordinator
Organization: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Position Type: External
Term: Full time, 6 month contract, possibility of extension
Salary Range: $36,000 – $40,000 annual, plus benefits
Career Level: Entry Level
Reports To: Director of Research, Policy and Development
Location: Toronto
Application Deadline: 6:00 pm Eastern, 8 November 2015
Organization Description

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) is a national charity promoting human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity through research, education and community engagement. Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression, so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

In support of our mission and vision, Egale leads numerous national projects:

  • Safer and Accepting Schools: Empowering students, parents and educators to form peer networks and establish LGBTQ2S safer spaces in schools, Egale has delivered professional development workshops to over 10,000 teachers and educators.
  • LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention: Egale has twice hosted Canada’s LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, gathering experts and community members from across North America to talk about LGBTQ2S youth suicide, to share best practices and to advance strategies for the creation and implementation of concrete recommendations.
  • Egale Youth OUTReach: LGBTQ2S youth are overrepresented in the homeless population, with over 20% of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S, compared to 3.5% of the general population. Many LGBTQ2S youth report feeling unsafe or being re-victimized in the current shelter system. Egale operates a crisis intervention and housing support centre for LGBTQ2S youth in order to mitigate these challenges.

Egale’s work is grounded in anti-racist and anti-oppressive (ARAO) practice. While striving to compile, produce and communicate the best-available evidence, we recognize that the production of knowledge is always intimately connected to power, privilege and oppression. Often, it is those with the least power to produce and shape knowledge who are most in need of services, leaving them under-served or ill-served. As such, Egale undertakes to balance both academic and experiential knowledge, privileging community-based participatory practices in conducting research; developing and reviewing policy, resources and curricula; and providing services to clients, community organizations and individuals. In everything we do, Egale recognizes the necessity of taking an intersectional perspective in order to reflect and respond to the needs and experiences of the full diversity of LGBTQ2S communities.

Department Description

The Research, Policy & Development (RPD) Department compiles, produces and communicates the best-available evidence, information and tools for promoting and fostering the human rights and equitable inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) people throughout all aspects of society.

The Department serves both the organization, internally, as well as external partners and clients by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

  • Conducting environmental scans of emerging research, best practices, resources and issues relating to LGBTQ2S people in Canada and abroad.
  • Conducting and publishing original research, valuing equitable partnerships and a community-based participatory approach.
  • Consulting with LGBTQ2S communities, leaders and allies across Canada.
  • Developing policy guidance and position statements from which to ground the organization’s intentional, strategic and coordinated approach to promoting LGBTQ2S human rights and equitable inclusion.
  • Conducting policy review, consultation and development for external partners and clients, such as school boards, employers and public policy makers.
  • Developing innovative an evidence-based resources and curricula for use in the Programs & Services Department’s training and facilitation initiatives.
  • Developing resources and curricula for external clients.

The Department’s ongoing priorities include trans human rights and inclusion; youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion; youth homelessness; LGBTQ2S inclusion in sport; schools and education; hate crime prevention; workplace inclusion; equal families; seniors’ health and well-being; intersex human rights; and international engagement.


Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Research, Policy and Development, the Research Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to collect, analyzing and synthesize secondary research in support of the RPD team. The Coordinator would also provide research and analysis on matters of policy and program delivery in response to internal and external requests.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct environmental scans of emerging research, best practices, resources and issues relating to LGBTQ2S people in Canada and abroad.
  • Develop research analysis to inform the organization’s intentional, strategic and coordinated approach to promoting LGBTQ2S human rights and equitable inclusion.
  • Prepare both internal and public issue briefs and backgrounders to support the development of evidence-based programming, services, resources, curricula, and policy/advocacy.
  • Provide research and writing support to the Director of Research, Policy and Development.
  • Support the Research and Policy Analyst in conducting, transcribing and analyzing primary, community-based and participatory research.
  • Provide writing and editing support to Egale staff as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with the Programs and Services Department, as well as with external partners and consultants.
  • Additional duties as assigned, in support of the mandate and responsibilities of the department.


Required Qualifications

  • Superior written communication skills.
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis and reasoning.
  • Minimum four year degree in the social sciences (e.g. education, equity studies, social work, political science, law/justice, public policy or related field; graduate level strongly preferred).
  • Minimum two years’ experience in policy research and/or development.
  • Strong familiarity with LGBTQ2S communities and LGBTQ2S human rights and inclusion more generally.
  • Strong understanding of intersectionality and ARAO practice, with a demonstrated ability to embed ARAO principles into research and documentation.
  • An understanding of and deep commitment to Egale’s mission and vision.
  • Social science research experience, including community-based and participatory research methods.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong presentation skills, including developing presentations and addressing groups, both internal and external.
  • High degree of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Robust organizational skill set.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing learning.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit, LGBTQ2S community and/or social justice environment.
  • Bilingualism (English/French) preferred

Application Process

Interested candidates must submit a resume and covering letter, in a single pdf document, by email to D. Ryan Dyck, Director of Research, Policy and Development, by 6:00 pm Eastern on Sunday, 8 November 2015. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

  1. Ryan Dyck
    Director of Research, Policy and Development
    416-964-7887 ext. 7201

Employment Equity and Diversity

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is committed to ensuring that members of traditionally marginalized groups, from a broad range of communities, feel empowered to apply for positions within the organization. We encourage qualified applicants to consider work and volunteer opportunities with Egale as we recognize that a diverse work force and volunteer base are critical to accomplishing our mission. The organization is dedicated to taking proactive steps to overcome historical patterns of discrimination in our society which have created barriers of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, language, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression for some individuals and have resulted in the denial of their full participation in society.