Research Officer

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Halton District School Board

Position: Research Officer

Salary: $ 85,628- $ 102,113 – Band 8

Location: Research and Accountability Department,

New Street Education Centre

3250 New Street, Burlington,

ON L7N 1M8

Work Schedule: 35 hours/week, 12 months/year

Start Date: September 6, 2021

We are looking for an experienced professional highly skilled in qualitative and quantitative research. Take this  opportunity to join our team and act as a research and evaluation resource to promote research  excellence and develop a culture of inquiry and equity across the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Manager of Research and Accountability , you will work both independently and as part of a team in the design, implementation and interpretation of research and evaluation projects to support system wide strategic goals in the areas of equity and inclusion, mental health and well-being, learning and achievement, the environment and indigenous perspectives and awareness. You will provide a range of research and statistical services to support evidence-informed decision-making as well as the evaluation of educational programs.

 

Key Responsibilities:

As a Research Officer, you will make full use of your doctoral degree in Education, Social Sciences or a  related field, and your 4 to 7 years’ experience in a research environment (within a school board setting preferred) that reflects a working knowledge of curriculum, instruction, special education, and equity and inclusion concepts, principles, issues and theory.
The successful candidate will provide leadership with responsibilities that include:
Develop and coordinate system‐level measurement in support of the HDSB Multi-Year Plan and  Operational Goals.
Collect, analyse and report on demographic, process, perception, and outcome data.
Provide research consultation to members of the HDSB community on topics such as survey design and administration, program evaluation, statistical methods, data management and systemic monitoring of  equitable practices, opportunities and outcomes.
Work as part of the Research and Accountability Department to demonstrate research  excellence and inspire a culture of inquiry, equity and inclusion.
Collect, analyze and synthesize system quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate  analysis and reporting software (e.g., SPSS, Nvivo, Power BI, etc.).
Provide oral, written and visual reports to senior administrators and various HDSB stakeholders.
Share research findings within the scientific and professional community and participate in  provincial and national research networks.
Support the external research review process within HDSB, in alignment with TriCouncil  Guidelines.
Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

A graduate degree in Education, Social Sciences, or Health that includes a strong focus on  research design and measurement (PhD preferred).
Extensive knowledge and demonstrated expertise related to research design, ethics protocols and legislation, measurement and psychometrics, qualitative and quantitative analysis, reporting and fluency with related software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, Power BI, etc.).
Demonstrated knowledge of the data collection and reporting requirements articulated in the Ministry of Ontario Equity Action Plan and the Anti-Racism Data Standards.
Experience working with commonly used datasets in a school board setting (e.g., EQAO, climate surveys, etc.).
Demonstrated ability with taking a collaborative approach to problem solving and working collaboratively within a team environment.
Superior project management and organizational skills.
Proven ability in promoting equitable practices which value inclusiveness and diversity within an educational setting.
Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based research of teaching and learning models, and Ministry requirements for instruction, assessment and evaluation K-12 School effectiveness research (e.g., School Effectiveness Framework).
Demonstrated knowledge  of current educational issues, strategy implementation, and data needs of school board consumers.
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.

Applications, along with your resume and other supporting documents must be submitted through Apply to Education – www.applytoeducation.com by 4:00pm on Tuesday August 10, 2021

Job Category: Management & Professionals – Job Code #3073931

We thank all applicants for their interest in opportunities with the Halton District School Board. Contact will be made with applicants whose experience and qualifications most closely match the requirements of the position.  Communication with short-listed applicants will be made through the email address provided on the applicants’ Apply To Education profile page.

First consideration for posted vacancies will be given to qualified applicants from the employee group in which the vacancy occurs.

Equity:

The Halton District School Board recognizes that, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, employment practices and procedures at all levels should reflect, demonstrate understanding of and respond to a diverse population. The Board is committed to providing a workplace environment that is fair and equitable to all.

In our efforts to ensure an inclusive, diverse and representative workforce, we will:

value, promote and encourage the hiring of staff from under-represented communities;
grant first consideration, where the skills, ability, and qualifications of the applicants are relatively equal, to applicants who self-identify as members of historically under-represented communities. Where a collective agreement or terms and conditions govern the hiring or promotional process, this will be done in a manner that is consistent with the School Board’s obligations.

Applicant Self Identification Questions:

As part of the recruitment and selection function, the HDSB will collect voluntary self identification data from applicants in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, HDSB’s Teacher Hiring Practices Administrative Procedure, and Ontario’s Anti Racism Data Standards:

 

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 15, in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56.  In accordance with HDSB’s Employment Equity Policy, personal information collected on this form will aim to achieve an inclusive, diverse and representative workforce. It works to intentionally identify and remove barriers for equity-deserving communities at each stage of the hiring process. Encouraging diversity of the workforce in the school board is vital because the workforce should be reflective and representative of the community.

Although hiring policies must adhere to the qualification requirements set out in applicable Regulations (eg. Regulation 298, “Operation of Schools – General”) and any applicable collective agreement provisions, the Board recognizes the importance of the following when developing its selection and evaluation criteria:

valuing applicants’ additional experiences, lived experience, skills, backgrounds and perspectives;
granting first consideration, where the skills, ability, and qualifications of the applicants are relatively equal, to applicants who self-identify as members of historically under-represented communities.
We encourage you to complete our voluntary applicant self-identification questions. This data will inform our understanding of the diversity of our applicant pool as well as the progress of applicants throughout the hiring process.  This data will inform our goals, strategies and actions and our progress towards creating and sustaining an equitable workforce.  Be advised that any information that you provide in response to these questions may be referred to during the hiring process for this position, and may be shared with the hiring manager and/or committee members responsible for the hiring process.

The section includes questions from Ontario’s Anti-Racism Data Standards (Standards, 2017). The Standards were established to help identify and monitor systemic racism and racial disparities within the public sector. The Standards establish consistent, effective practices for producing reliable information to support evidence-based decision-making and public accountability to help eliminate systemic racism and promote racial equity (adapted from Ontario’s Anti-Racism Data Standards, 2017).

Questions about this collection may be directed to Marsha Sulewski, Supervisor of Staffing and Recruiting at sulewskim@hdsb.ca.

Accommodation:

Upon request, we will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates who have temporary or permanent disability, or who otherwise require accommodations based on the protected grounds highlighted in the Ontario Human Rights Code in respect to the recruitment and selection process.

Wellness:

The HDSB is committed to providing a respectful and healthy work environment.

To apply for this job email your details to mackieal@hdsb.ca


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