Job Posting 100394

Senior Researcher, Social Research
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closing tomorrow (Thu, 18 Apr)
full time


($68,321.84 - $78,059.40 Annually)



The Senior Researcher undertakes a broad range of complex analytical, research and evaluation initiatives designed to support the activities of the Commission. He/She/They leads and contributes to research projects by applying a deep equity analysis, using quantitative and qualitative methods, and evidence-based policy. The position prepares knowledge mobilization plans, writes communication materials and disseminates research findings to business areas, government partners, community agencies, and housing providers. The incumbent maintains a good understanding of the emerging policy issues and housing system needs.




The successful candidate will have the following:




Considerable experience in one or more of the following:

  • Managing complex research projects, developing research frameworks, analysing data, producing reports, plans and recommendations.
  • Applying advanced theoretical and conceptual frames (intersectionality, critical theory) and research paradigms.
  • Using software for qualitative data analysis, software for statical analysis, and experience working with databases.
  • Working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds (i.e., Indigenous, visible minorities/ racialized communities, people with precarious immigration status, gender non-binary, people with disabilities) and applying frameworks through reconciliation, intersectionality EDIB, and human rights lenses.

Socio-Economic Research Portfolio

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Urban Studies or Planning, Human or Urban Geography, Public Policy, Public Administration, Gender, Race and/or Indigenous studies, or other relevant discipline.
  • Considerable experience of research applying decolonized methodologies.

Technical Research Portfolio

  • Master’s degree in Building Sciences (such as Engineering, Building Sciences, Architectural Sciences) or other related discipline.
  • Considerable experience in researching trends and issues that relate to the built environment of housing, with a particular focus on building science, building techniques, and processes and materials.

Economic Research Portfolio

  • Master’s degree in Economics or other relevant discipline.
  • Considerable experience with identifying and analyzing trends in the housing market, residential construction industry, and other related topics based on internal and external data sources (e.g., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Bank of Canada), in line with sector needs
  • Considerable experience conducting research into demographic trends, future housing demand and supply and the development of specific measures to determine future community housing requirements
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience including lived expertise acceptable to the employer.


  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of principles, practices, and techniques to lead research projects and program evaluations
  • Considerable knowledge of the broader research community and ability to integrate this knowledge into work done at the Commission
  • Considerable knowledge about Indigenous history, issues, rights, governance, and culture in Canada and how that has contributed to systemic and institutionalized marginalization, racism, ableism, and inequity.
  • Sound knowledge of the housing system and affordable housing sector in the province of BC
  • Considerable knowledge of the concepts of institutional and structural exclusion and how these impact underrepresented communities
  • Sound knowledge of best practices in advancing strategy and policy to support marginalized communities
  • Working knowledge of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 and related BC Housing policies
  • Ability to develop research documents, including literature, scoping reviews and manuscripts
  • Ability to operationalize (i.e., secure appropriate ethics approval) and evaluate ongoing research
  • Ability to facilitate, engage, present to and mobilize multisectoral stakeholders
  • Ability to learn and apply departmental policies and the Commission’s mandate
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional groups to achieve common goals
  • Ability to build and foster relationships with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, urban and non-urban Indigenous communities, academic institutions, scholars, and other external stakeholders
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to lead a project from idea to execution while managing multiple inputs and priorities
  • Ability to manage project teams and external consultants
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive matters
  • Ability to identify weaknesses and conflicts in policies and procedures
  • Ability to apply an intersectional approach to work analyses
  • Ability to be sensitive to the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and work with them to resolve differences
  • Ability to formulate research plans, select appropriate methods, design, and conduct research
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong data analysis and synthesis skills
  • Strong analytical thinking, problem solving abilities, organizational and time management skills

Indigenous candidates are welcome to connect with an Indigenous team member in our organization to discuss the recruitment process and our workplace, please contact  to arrange a call.

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