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Research Assistant - Faculty of Business / Faculty of Education

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017
Date of Posting: 
March 24, 2017
Faculty of Business / Faculty of Education
Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

20 - 30 hours per week (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and research requirements).

25.00 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible – May 31, 2017

The Faculty of Education / Faculty of Business are inviting applications for a Research Assistant, working with Dr. Ron MacDonald, Dean Faculty of Education and Dr. Gary Evans, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business. This position will be part-time, commencing immediately until March 31, 2017.

The purpose of this project is to explore both the strategies employed and the challenges inherent in our secondary and post-secondary education system which either advance or impede the progress to education attainment and employment of Aboriginal youth.  This research will be conducted by research teams located in three Maritime Provinces (i.e., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island) with each team working with select communities as identified in collaboration with APC. The teams will explore the strategies employed and the inherent challenges to education attainment for both rural and urban Aboriginal youth. From that exploration, the research teams in each province will individually and collectively develop strategies for improved engagement by both secondary and post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal youth.


The Research Assistants will work closely with Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Evans, and will be engaged in the Labour Readiness Project. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

• The ability to communicate effectively, clearly and professionally
• The ability to work with minimal supervision
• The ability to speak Mi’kmaq would be an asset
• The ability to facilitate and organize meetings
• Assist in the writing of a literature review on Aboriginal issues
• Assist with scheduling and organizing individual interviews for research purposes
• Assist with conducting individual interviews for research purposes/data collection
• Willingness to travel within PEI on weekdays, weekends, and evenings to conduct interviews
• The ability to follow a written script and follow calling guidelines
• Take notes and document observations during individual interviews
• Maintain a personal journal during the research
• Analyse and code qualitative data on Aboriginal issues and other topics
• Monitor and document budgetary requirements surrounding the research
• Attend meetings and telephone conference calls with research team
• The ability to conduct literature reviews and evaluate and synthesis information
• The ability to perform basic descriptive statistical analysis using SPSS or Excel software


• Applicants must possess a Bachelors level degree, as well as having knowledge and experience research
• Applicants should be motivated and self-directed, literate in computer and information technologies
• Knowledge of the local aboriginal community would be an asset
• Attention to detail and the ability to keep information confidentiality are required
• All successful candidates will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement

Priority is given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens,  permanent residents and international students with a valid study permit will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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