University of Victoria, Research Assistant, Human Social Development, School of Child and Youth and and School of Social Work

Please note: this is a repost with modifications

Changes are – no longer restricted to students and a new closing date of January 22, 2021

Research Assistant (one position)
Human and Social Development, School of Child and Youth Care and School of Social
University of Victoria
Closes: Jan. 22nd, 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina and Dr. Rhonda Hackett
Length of employment: up to 12 months
Hours per week: 8-10 hours/week
The School of Child and Youth Care and the School of Social Work currently have an
opportunity for a Research Assistant to work on the research project tentatively called
‘Bordering practices in the Canadian child welfare system: How immigration status shapes risk
assessment with immigrant families’.
This research project involves collaboration between researchers at the University of Toronto,
the University of Victoria and will explore in what ways child protection workers use discretion
when assessing risk for child maltreatment among immigrant children and their families,
reproduces bordering practices in child welfare. A special emphasis will be placed on exploring
Black, Afro-Caribbean, African, and South Asian immigrants’ interactions with the Canada’s
child welfare system.
The research objectives are to:
1) Examine provincial and organizational policies regarding child welfare decision-making
and engagement with immigrant families in Ontario and British Columbia through
critical discourse analysis of policy documents related to risk assessment with
immigrants. In-depth interviews with key stakeholders will also explore how workers and
organizations take part in enforcing or resisting the state’s regulation of immigrants.
2) Understand social workers’ use of discretion and ways of knowing when assessing risk
for immigrant families through in-depth interviews with front-line workers, supervisors,
and policy makers working in Toronto and Vancouver: two cities with the highest
concentration of immigrant families in Canada;
3) Engage key stakeholders to exchange knowledge regarding decision-making and
interactions with immigrant families towards improving equitable outcomes for families
who are involved with child welfare services.
– Assist with developing ethics protocol for year 1 (2020-2021) of the study;
– Assist research team to clarify research design and to carry out critical discourse analysis
of policy documents;
– Assisting with data collection and analysis of in-depth interviews with policy makers and
child welfare managers;
– Assist with analysis of provincial policy documents and textual data related to risk
assessment with immigrant families;
– Assist with outreach to community partners and stakeholders working in child welfare
organizations and immigrant communities in BC;
– Generate required reports, summaries, documents as required;
– Attend weekly meetings and report to the project team as required;
– Work closely with team members (including principal investigator, research staff,
personnel and community partners); and
– Other duties as assigned.
The Research Assistant will be provided with research training and mentoring in research
methods and theories, data management, consultation and community engagement.
– Experience and/or knowledge of qualitative research methods and policy analysis
– Experience working in community-based settings with racialized communities, including
Black, Afro-Caribbean, African, or South Asian immigrants on the mainland (Greater
Vancouver Area and Fraser Valley);
– Community based connections with immigrant communities in the Greater Vancouver
Area and Fraser Valley and a willingness and capacity to travel throughout the mainland
for outreach and research purposes an asset;
– Experience working in child welfare and/or social work an asset ;
– Previous project or program facilitation/ coordination experience
– Strong oral and written communication skills
– Works well in a team environment
$26/hour for Masters students and $30/hour for PhD students. Please note, this position is not
limited to current students.
Please email a resume with the names of two references, cover letter, and one writing sample by
Jan. 22nd, 2021 to Please save all documents in one PDF
We thank all applicants for your consideration, however, due to limited resources, only those
under consideration will be contacted.