Research Coordinator

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Central Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
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About OCASI:

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 220 community-based organizations in Ontario.

Position Summary:

The Mental Health Promotion project's overall goal is to build the capacity of newcomer and refugee services to promote mental health and newcomer well-being and respond to mental health issues. The project aims to strengthen collaborations and partnerships between newcomer and refugee serving organizations, primary health, and mental health sectors through the development of a service model for mental health promotion.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the research, needs assessment, and evaluation of activities related to the Mental Health Promotion Project.


  • Develop project research tools, work plans, timelines, implementation strategies and related plans in collaboration and consultation with project team, project partners and evaluation consultants.
  • Contribute ideas to developing the research methodology
  • Assist in the development and ensure the completion of all research deliverables for the project
  • Coordinate and implement research activities, service model design, evaluation, and knowledge exchange activities of the project
  • Facilitate and conduct planning sessions, interviews, focus groups, advisory meetings to gather feedback and collect information needed to develop, implement, and evaluate projects
  • Provide implementation support, monitoring, and evaluation to identify needs, implementation challenges, develop solutions, and document lessons learned
  • Coordinate a needs assessment/environmental scan in collaboration with evaluation consultants
  • Support data collection at pilot sites, conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis, prepare narrative and evaluative reports on project(s) progress
  • Prepare presentations and research reports/articles to disseminate findings and lessons learned at workshops, conferences, and other publications
  • Conduct and produce a ‘plain language’ literature review for use by providers working in the immigrant and settlement sector
  • Prepare cheque requisitions in accordance with set procedures for approval by the manager
  • Support capacity building activities of the project as needed
  • Coordinate and provide administrative support to Project Team and the Advisory Committee as needed


  • The ideal candidate has a Graduate Degree from a recognized university in  in Health/Mental Health, Social Work, Counselling, Immigration Studies, Health Sciences or related fields or a combination of undergraduate degree with minimum 3-5 years of significant experience in research working in a non-profit or community-based agency with a focus on mental health and community health promotion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:

  • Strong project management skills and experience coordinating research projects involving immigrant, refugee communities
  • Extensive knowledge of Mental Health, Mental Health Promotion Frameworks, Social Determinants of Health, Trauma-informed Practices, and related issues in  newcomer and refugee communities within the Canadian context.
  • Strong knowledge of immigrant, refugee serving organizations, primary health, and community mental health sectors in Ontario
  • Ability to critically analyze research evidence; proven experience interpreting and translating research evidence for lay audiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in community-based research methods, research coordination, data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, monitoring, and program evaluation
  • Superior written and verbal communication, including strong report writing and oral presentation skills
  • Strong computer skills including experience with relevant research tools, word processing, spreadsheets
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills, sound judgement, and ability to make effective decisions.
  • Capacity to act in a leadership role as necessary
  • Highly organized; ability to set priorities in an environment with tight deadlines & competing demands
  • Ability to communicate in both of Canada’s official languages an asset

This is a full-time position
Compensation: $50,000 / year plus benefits package
Location: Toronto

How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit your cover letter and resume by October 29, 2018 to:

The Hiring Committee, OCASI


OCASI is committed to Employment Equity.

Thank you to all applicants for applying. However, we regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.