Senior Researcher

BC Housing
Burnaby, BC
November 23, 2021
December 24, 2021
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Senior Researcher
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Position Summary


Job ID:  4062


Location:  BURNABY, BC

To be considered for this role, applications MUST be submitted online, by clicking on 'Apply' below.

  • Join one of BC’s Top Employers!
  • Be part of an exceptional company culture with great employee benefits and a healthy work/life balance!

BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.


BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership.  Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people.

 Our mission is making a difference in people's lives and communities through safe, affordable and quality housing.

BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians.  And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:

  • In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
  • Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
  • Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
  • Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
  • An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
  • Participation in community and charitable events.

** Please note: Eligibility for benefits offered is based on employment status **




Reporting to the Senior Manager, Corporate Planning, the Senior Researcher undertakes a broad range of complex analytical, research and evaluation initiatives designed to support the activities of Executive Office and the business activities of the Commission. He/she/they leads and/or contributes at a senior level to research projects, initiatives and data analysis that support the Commission by applying enhanced understanding and knowledge of research and analysis to inform the development of programs, evidence-based policy and communication of findings. The Senior Researcher also leads complex internal research projects specific to BC Housing’s policy and program development; maintaining a good understanding of the emerging policy issues and social housing trends and needs. The position involves establishing collaborative working relationships with Commission staff, government departments, and community agencies.


The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (Urban Planning, Health Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Gender, Race and/or Indigenous studies) or other relevant discipline.
  • Considerable related experience in managing complex research projects, analysing data, and producing reports and recommendations. Experience in project management and communications.
  • Considerable experience connecting with and working effectively with people from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds (E.g. Indigenous, Visible Minorities/Racialized, People with precarious immigration status, Gender Non-Binary, People with Disabilities/Disabled People) and applying frameworks in Reconciliation, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and human rights.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience including lived expertise acceptable to the Employer.


  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of principles, practices, and techniques to lead and conduct research projects and program evaluations.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural exclusion and bias and how these impact underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Sound knowledge of the affordable housing sector in the province of BC.
  • Sound knowledge of best practices in advancing strategy and policy in support of marginalized communities with high functioning cultural competency.
  • Ability to learn and departmental policies and procedures and the Commission’s mandate and programs.
  • Ability to develop and execute comprehensive communication plans in collaboration with cross-functional teams. Compelling and persuasive written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of self-awareness, empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to generate and articulate creative new ideas/processes, and develop, plan, facilitate and coordinate their execution.
  • Ability to manage project teams, exercise sound judgment, and demonstrate tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Ability to use sound judgement in analysing problems and identifying weaknesses and conflicts in policies and procedures; Strong ability to apply an intersectional approach to work analyses.
  • Ability to lead a project from idea to execution while managing multiple inputs and priorities.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and works with them to resolve differences and work cohesively together.
  • Ability to establish a high level of rapport with staff, management/senior management, Executive, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional groups to achieve common goals.
  • Strong analytical thinking, problem solving abilities, organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong leadership, written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

As part of our commitment to maintaining safe and healthy spaces, BC Housing has introduced an interim mandatory vaccination program for all employees. We require proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated for reasons related to a protected ground under human rights law (such as medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs) may request an accommodation. Upon receiving a request, we may request additional information to determine whether the applicant can be accommodated in the desired role without undue hardship. 

How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies.  To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position.  This information will be used as part of the selection process.

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please add your cover letter to your resume and submit both documents as your resume.

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As part of the application process, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire which must be completed in order for your application to be considered. Please allot up to 5 minutes to fill it out after submitting your resume and cover letter as one single document.

Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at will be accepted

If you are passionate about what you do and want to use your expertise to engage in a meaningful and challenging work, please apply to join our team today at

At BC Housing, we're committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We invite and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities and Disabled People, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

We didn’t become one of BC’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers without a lot of thought, care and consideration for our team and environment. Our supportive and collaborative workplace balances engaging and challenging work with personal development and wellness initiatives.