Research Assistant

Contract • Data

Through our vision of eliminating poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, our work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. By addressing multiple needs, Bissell Centre provides a holistic approach to helping families and individuals.   For more information, please visit


Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the position of Research Assistant.  This is a temporary contract of eight (8) weeks for 35 hours per week. Pay is $21/hour.  This position reports to the Business Analyst.   The expectation is that the successful candidate will work at home for most of the time with about 5% to 20% of the time in the office at Bissell Centre East.


Use your social science data skills in a real world not-for profit environment to make an impact on the ground. We seek to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of poverty, in order to increase the effectiveness of our work. Activities may include but not be limited to literature reviews, analysis of data (qualitative content analysis, or statistical analysis). Activities will be matched to applicant skill and interest areas. Applicants can expect to learn about research methodology in an applied context, grow new skillsets in different types of analysis, and to learn about the principles of evaluation.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Creating presentations and knowledge dissemination materials
  • Support with writing reports, editing and citations
  • Literature reviews
  • Data Audits and Cleaning
  • Other Research and Evaluation project support as needed
    • Creating documentation around current data collection
    • Contribute to survey design
    • Support with analysis
    • Creating/reviewing ethics documentation
    • Database Research
  • “Safety Walks” around perimeter of Bissell Centre area are shared by all Bissell Centre staff. Grounded in harm reduction principles, these partnered 20-40 minute walks include checking in with community members and safely collecting used drug paraphernalia.


Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a Health Canada approved vaccine is a mandatory requirement.


The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • In progress Post-Secondary
  • Minimum of one-year employment experience
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core is an asset
  • Proven Critical thinking abilities
  • Research methodology (content analysis; statistical analysis; literature review)
  • Knowledge of evaluation and excel
  • Knowledge of Stata or R an asset


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by December 3, 2021 to:

Maria Savidov

Business Analyst



We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

Application Deadline: December 3rd, 2021

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