Two-Spirit Research Assistant

Position Type: Full-Time, Indeterminate-Term
Annual Salary: $52,500
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly – regular working hours are 9am-5pm in your local time zone (flexible)
Start Date: June 10, 2024 (exact date flexible)
Location: Remote, within Canada (Hybrid or On-site arrangements may be possible in Vancouver or Toronto)
Language: Primary working language is English; French language skills are an asset (please indicate in your cover letter or resume).
Reports to: Director of Two-Spirit Health
Application Deadline: Monday, May 20 at 11:59pm PT

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Toronto and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, queer, trans and non-binary people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and we do not expect that employees will disclose this in the course of their work. At CBRC, we recognize that some applicants have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. We consider various combinations of education, employment, volunteer, and lived experience and encourage applicants to highlight these experiences in their cover letter and resume.


While this position is considered permanent (indeterminate-term), please note that the continuity of all roles is contingent on funding.

We are seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented Research Assistant to support CBRC's Two-Spirit Program team with its new and ongoing 2SLGBTQQIA+ research projects and operational aspects of the research program. This position will be a core member of the CBRC Two-Spirit program team, working closely with other team members at CBRC, and supporting working relationships with external affiliate researchers and community partner organizations across Canada.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Approximate percentages of time spent on each activity (averaged over 1 month) are provided as an estimate only, but this may develop over time.

  • Prepare for and deliver the Knowledge 2SeekerS capacity-bridging program with a focus on sexual and reproductive health with Indigenous Two-Spirit community members (50%)
  • Coordinate and facilitate research activities related to the experiences of Knowledge 2SeekerS and the in-person data collection of the 2025 Our Health survey focused on sexual and reproductive health with Indigenous Two-Spirit partners and communities (30%)
  • Coordinate administrative processes to support individual research projects and initiatives (e.g. maintain core project info and track progress on deliverables; prepare and organize required documents for grant applications, ethics submissions, and grant reporting; assist with project-specific meetings and events) (10%).
  • Support external research collaborations (e.g. maintain core documents such as the research principles, partnership documents and agreements; set up and take minutes for collaborative meetings such as the Research Working Group; support logistics for research program events and initiatives) (10%).

Minimum Requirements

  • Lived/living experience as Indigenous, Two-Spirit, and LGBTQQIA+.
  • 1-2 years of experience in administration, operations, or similar tasks in community-based organizations, academic/research organizations, or government institutions.
  • Intermediate knowledge of equity, social justice, decolonization, Indigenization, anti-oppression, and/or community-based research in community settings.
  • Intermediate knowledge of diverse 2SLGBTQQIA+ community health issues and social, cultural, and political values, including by way of lived experience.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office and online collaborative platforms such as Google Workspace, as well as the proven ability to learn and adapt to new software tools.
  • Basic knowledge of research activities and processes (such as research ethics, data stewardship and management, and knowledge translation).
  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving and planning skills (including capacity to prioritize tasks under tight deadlines).
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to summarize and disseminate information appropriate to varying audiences.

Other Competencies & Qualifications (assets)

  • Formal education in related fields (social sciences, arts, humanities, administration) is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies and experience working with Indigenous Two-Spirit communities.
  • Experience using project management tools or approaches.
  • Experience with tracking expenses, budgets, or bookkeeping.
  • Autonomous worker with an ability to adapt and work within a dynamic setting.
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with partners and individuals from varying sectors including academic, government, and community based-organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills including writing and/or editing documents.
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills including writing and/or editing documents
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, gender-affirming care, dental, vision, and long-term disability (LTD), life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and include the job you are applying for in the subject line. All applicants are required to provide a cover letter and a resume.


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Two-Spirit Research Assistant or call us (604-568-7478) to leave a voicemail to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.



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Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
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